Future factories in the Cloud



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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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Modeling, Designing and Analyzing Resource Reservations in Distributed Embedded Systems (Jan 2018)
Mohammad Ashjaei, Nima Khalilzad, Saad Mubeen
Real-time Modelling and Processing for Communication Systems. Applications and Practices (SpringerBook'18)

A Cost Efficient Design of a Multi-Sink Multi-Controller WSN in a Smart Factory (Dec 2017)
Hamid Reza Faragardi, Hossein Fotouhi, Thomas Nolte, Rahim Rahmani
The 19th IEEE International Conference on Hight Performance and Communications (HPCC'17)

Power-Aware Cloud Brownout: response time and power consumption control (Dec 2017)
Alessandro Papadopoulos, Jakub Krzywda , Erik Elmroth , Martina Maggio
56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)

Enhancing Smart Maintenance Management Using Fog Computing Technology (Dec 2017)
Mohammad Ashjaei, Marcus Bengtsson
2017 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM)

Hard Real-Time Guarantees in Feedback-based Resource Reservations (Dec 2017)
Alessandro Papadopoulos, Martina Maggio , Alberto Leva , Enrico Bini
38th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (journal never presented on conference) (RTSS 17)

Contract-Based Assurance for Wireless Cooperative Functions of Vehicular Systems (Oct 2017)
Svetlana Girs, Irfan Sljivo, Omar Jaradat
43rd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2017)