DASAI is fully aligned to different initiatives for the digitization of the industry, at regional, national and European level. In the following, we describe how our DIH supports these initiatives. Additionally, we include some current projects (granted or under evaluation) supported by them.
DASAI is fully linked to the RIS3 strategies (Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation RIS3), for the Andalucia Region http://ris3andalucia.es/, mainly collaborating with the “Priority 8: Promotion of the ICT technologies and the digital economy”, by means of the development of advanced ICT technologies and in the attraction of research funds. Additionally, the potential of the partners involved in the DIH, as the University of Granada placed as the second university in Spain in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, helps to transform the Andalucia Region into a worldwide reference in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for research and business possibilities in digitalisation of the industry.
Furthermore, the Andalusia Region has a digitalization initiative, ‘Andalucia es digital’ https://www.empresa.andaluciaesdigital.es/inicio, which aims to a complete digitalization of the industrial ecosystem to improve their competitiveness and to achieve around the 80% of usage of the new technologies in 2020 and directly connected to the “Estrategia de Impulso del Sector TIC Andalucía 2020’ (Andalucia 2020 ICT Sector Strategy). DIH contributes to main objectives of both policies: increasing the contribution of the ICT sector to the Andalusian GDP, through the attraction of research funds, which have both an impact on the industrial environment of the region and on the employability in the ICT sector.
At regional level, our members have been very active in the process of accessing to research funds, applying to different type of opportunities (Research Projects, FIBAO, CTA contracts, etc.), obtaining more than 30 projects in the last 10 years at regional level. Just to highlight our compromise with the business sector and the collaboration among the partnership, next, we summary some of our most recent competitive projects with companies:
1) Turing project: Human impact on a controlled magnetic field sensor under variable contour conditions: Model development and algorithm integration, with the ONTECH SECURITY, S.L. from March 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019, funded through the CTA (partner in DASAI).
2) ARIADNA project: Automatic tracing system of pipes and conduits in engineering (Under evaluation) with GHENOVA INGENIERIA S.L (Sevilla), applied to the CTA calls.
Additionally, to facilitate the interaction among the partners in DASAI and the business sector, the coordinator of this DIH has recently obtained by the DaSCI Institute a project, called “New Scientific High-Performance computational infrastructure for research on Big Data and Deep Learning”. In this project, apart from receiving funds to acquire new Hardware and technological infrastructures (€ 433,834.80), they have received around €117,000 for organizing activities for transfer knowledge with regional companies and international collaboration along 2019-2020 in order to communicate the importance of the Artificial Intelligence technologies as part of the companies’ business models. This project will be also used to attract more potential partners to DASAI.
At national level, the members of the DIH fully support the Connected Industry 4.0 (http://www.industriaconectada40.gob.es/Paginas/index.aspx), a national initiative that aims to develop competitive differential industrial infrastructure and to create an adequate environment to promote the competitiveness of Spanish companies, building in this way the Spanish model for the industry of the future. In this line, our DIH completely supports this initiative including among its priorities the transference of knowledge, technologies and innovations in order to add value to industrial companies, as shown the large number of projects developed in collaboration among public and private sectors.
Furthermore, the members of DASAI, Professor Francisco Herrera and Professor Oscar Cordón, are directly involved in the design of the Artificial Intelligence Spanish National Plan, which includes the future vision of the Spanish position for the Artificial Intelligence technology development for the period 2021 – 2027.
The members of DASAI have industrial research projects, experimental development projects, as well as innovation projects related to organization and processes that sustain the potential of our DIH, including different types of National funds, such as, CIEN, Retos, etc. During the last 10 years, more than 30 projects related to Artificial Intelligence have been funded to the members of this DIH, proving the enormous potential that DASAI has. All these projects went further in the development of Artificial Intelligence techniques and applying the results in different societal challenge and aligned with the main opened questions of our society. For example, in SOCOVIFI2, a model of craniofacial superimposition was developed to identify the age from skeletal remains and 3D reconstruction of fragmented skulls or in HeMoCDIC-Bigdata, in which a set of Data Science based on Computational Intelligence tools are developed.
Next, we highlight the most recent projects achieved by the partners of DASAI. In concrete, two CIEN projects: the INSPECTOR project: Industrial inSPECtion and MainTenance of complex OR Unattended Facilities from October 2017 to September 2021 and AI MARS project (recently granted): Artificial Intelligence System for Monitoring, Alert and Response for Security in Events., in which the Universidad de Granada will collaborate with CELLNEX, EMERGYA, partner in DASAI and HERTA.
The members of DASAI have an extensive experience in international projects, mainly focused on the European Research Framework Programs (FP7, H2020). Since 2009, the attraction of European funds has been part of the strategy of the researchers involved in this Innovation Hub, including projects to attract and train new talented researchers (MIBISOC), to exchange staff (STEER or REMIND) or to attract young new researchers to carry out relevant research in our infrastructures (SmartMammaCAD, ALPHA-BRAIN-IMAGING or SKELETON-ID).
Among our priorities, all projects should mean a real scientific challenge for our researchers in order to get involved. Innovative applied research field such as environment or security have been the main applications. Project, such as, HUELLA-LIFE or I-PAN (environment), OPTIRAIL (transport) or MEPROCS (security) are a proof of the flexibility of our research approach and our capacity to collaborate with a large number of different entities. Furthermore, these approaches are in line with the European research policies and give an answer to a current European challenge.
Finally, at European level, the DIH is fully aligned with the forthcoming policies presented by the European Commission for the period 2021-2027, not only from the point of view of the new research framework program (HorizonEurope), but also with the new European Digitalization Program (Digital Europe) which aims to increase EU's international competitiveness as well as developing and reinforcing Europe's strategic digital capacities. The main capacities of this new program (high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and advanced digital skills) matches with the priorities of our DIH, ensuring that their wide use and accessibility across the economy and society by businesses.
Finally, we would like to highlight the relevance of the private funds have for our DIH, mainly through Collaborative Research Projects and Research Contract. We have developed more than 50 direct research contracts with enterprises allowing the outside world to benefit from our cutting-edge research. In them, we have offered from technical consultancy services to real Artificial Intelligence and Data Science developments.
Following, we highlight the contracts with private companies from 2017 and 2018 in order to show the relevance of our expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Data science has for the national business sector:
Title: Advice and technical support in the tasks simulation, data mining, and big data
Company: Tecnologías Avanzadas Inspiralia S.A.
Period:1 March 2015 – 31 October 2019
Title: GRANDEMAND: Data Analytics for non-household water consumption prediction
Period: December 2016 - March 2017
Title: Contract of service to FIBAO consisting of Prostate Cancer Data Analysis to determine the genotype-phenotype architecture of this disease using the PGMRA platform.
Company: Foundation for the Bio-Health Research of Oriental Andalusia (FIBAO)
Period: January 2017 – August 2017
Title: Counselling Contract to the Company R0d Brand Consultants S.L. in Modeling Based on Agents and Data Science
Company: R0d Brand Consultants S.L.
Period: January 2017 – 31 December 2019
Title: Computational Intelligence techniques for the development and implementation of algorithms for calculating enterprise resource optimization of regular transport bus travel
Company: SHS Consultores, S.L.
Period: February 2017 – January 2018
Title: Big Data integration of genetic and clinical data: survival and quality of life of participants with prostate cancer
Company: Fundación Para la Investigación Biosanitaria de Andalucía Oriental (FIBAO)
Title: Big Data Preprocessing: Models and Tools to improve the quality of the data
Company: BBVA Foundation
Period: October 2016 – September 2018
Title: Development of artificial intelligence algorithms for learning about complex data and complex dynamic data
Company: REPSOL (Reference: OTRI 3923)
Period: February 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Title: Turing project: Human impact on a controlled magnetic field sensor under variable contour conditions: Model development and algorithm integration
Company: ONTECH SECURITY, S.L. (Reference: OTRI-CTA 3939)
Period: March 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019
Title: INSPECTOR: Industrial inSPECtion MainTenance of complex OR Unatteded Faciliteis.
Company: Predictec (Proyecto CIEN, Reference OTRI 3940)
Period: October 2017 - September 2021
Title: Transformation of unstructured information from clinical analysis into structured information
Company: Mapfre Digital Health (Reference: OTRI 4057)
Period: October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Title: Monitoring of individuals in special protection areas
Company: SHS Consultores (Reference: C-4554-00)
Period: September 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018