Future factories in the Cloud

Status:

active

Start date:

2016-01-01

End date:

2020-12-31

We envision future factories being designed by compositions of smart connected components, with a large part of the intelligence residing in the Cloud. This will enable increased flexibility and evolvability of manufacturing, as well as pave the way for new business models where production facilities can be accessible as cloud services.

Moving a large part of the production complexity to the Cloud has benefits in cost, energy efficiency, sharing of resources, increased flexibility, adaptability and evolvability, and provide in general a strong basis for innovation. There are however associated challenges, including providing efficient and predictable (safe and secure) computation and communication, and coping with the huge amounts of data needed to provide the envisioned intelligence. These challenges are particularly demanding in safety-relevant systems, such as transportation and manufacturing.

FiC will provide generic solutions for Future factories in the Cloud in the form of an integrated set of techniques and generic tools for future smart products and production systems, including architectural templates for cloud based production; algorithms and tools for safe and secure communication and computation, specifically handling big-data; and techniques for efficient and predictable sharing of computation and communication resources. The research will be based on real usage scenarios and results demonstrated and evaluated in industrial contexts.

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Elasticity (Jan 2019)
Vincenzo Gulisano , Marina Papatriantafilou , Alessandro Papadopoulos
Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies (EncyclopediaBDT)

Switched control for quantized feedback systems: invariance and limit cycles analysis (Dec 2018)
Alessandro Papadopoulos, Federico Terraneo , Alberto Leva , Maria Prandini
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC)

Assurance Aware Contract-Based Design for Safety-Critical Systems (Sep 2018)
Irfan Sljivo

Service Level Agreements for Safe and Configurable Production Environments (Sep 2018)
Mohammad Ashjaei, Kester Clegg , Lorenzo Corneo , Richard Hawkins , Omar Jaradat, Vincenzo Gulisano , Yiannis Nikolakopoulos
International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation - Work in Progress Session (ETFA-WiP'18)

The Challenge of Safety Tactics Synchronization for Cooperative Systems (Sep 2018)
Elena Lisova, Svetlana Girs
International workshop on Interplay of Security, Safety and System/Software Architecture (ISSA-2018)

Designing a Bandwidth Management Scheme for Heterogeneous Virtualized Networks (Sep 2018)
Svetlana Girs, Mohammad Ashjaei
International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation - Work in Progress Session (ETFA-WiP'18)