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CP Lab Newcastle

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Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

Newcastle University School of Computing

Coordinator website

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing

Year Established

2008

Location

USB 1 Science Square, NE1 7RU, Newcastle Unpon Tyne (United Kingdom)

Website

https://research.ncl.ac.uk/cplab/

Social Media

Contact information

Jon Warwick
jon.warwick@ncl.ac.uk
+441912088060

Contact information

John Fitzgerald
john.fitzgerald@ncl.ac.uk

Contact information

Ken Pierce
ken.pierce@ncl.ac.uk

Description

Description

CP Lab is based in Newcastle University and consists of  a team of multi-disciplinary researchers, with a primary focus on modelling and simulation for dependable cyber-physical systems. CP Lab is a key component of the University’s £58m investment in its Urban Sciences Building (USB) and consequently in urban sustainability research.

As part of the University, the Lab is non profit making and measures its success by the quality of its work (referenced by academic papers and conference talks) by engagement with external organisation and by the impact on the real world that such work has.

The Lab’s research focuses on CPS applications such as transport, agriculture, smart buildings and smart grids and our work is often associated with modelling platforms:

  • Overture – a tool supporting modelling in VDM notation
  • Crescendo – a tool supporting collaborative modelling between different engineering disciplines
  • Symphony – a toolsuite supporting modelling systems of systems

These tools allow visualisation and modelling of both cyber-physical systems and systems - of - systems and therefore reduce greatly the time and cost associated with development and enhancement of such systems. As part of the team who developed these tools from scratch, the Lab is well placed to offer expert advice and help to Organisations in need of such service. 

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

CP Lab was born from an EU FP7 Research Project COMPASS ICT-2011-287829). From there, as part of Newcastle University, it has taken part in others such as DESTECS, INTO-CPS, TAMS4CPS and ROAD2CPS. As part of the recent CPSE Labs project, the Lab was able to align iteslf closely with the EU Smart Anything Everywhere agenda. As part of the process on CPSE Labs we were able to make contact both with our regional LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and the National Catapult Centres to bring us in line with regional and national prioprities. As referencesd by our service examples, we are involved in English RIS3 strategies such as automotive and construction and we also are working on agriculture priorities too.

 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Smart Energy Control

UES (Sp) currently use BIM a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and plug and process loads and water use in buildings. In addition they use tools such as Overture and 20-sim designing the energy control systems of the buildings, but these tools do not provide needed domain-specific aspects. We worked with them on the integration of both to provide a full solution. The integration made it possible to design energy control cyber-physical systems taking advantage of the domain-specific models and simulation (BIM, energy simulator…) reducing design time and improving the energy efficiency of the developed systems. This enhancement of an industry standard tool, has the potential to help the whole indiustry better visualise whole building design.

More details: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/cplab/

Integrated Product Production

Although continuous process improvements efforts have been carried out by Continental Sibiu, current analysis indicates that endogenous and exogenous perturbations acting upon the heterogeneous systems responsible for manufacturing and testing of prototype parts are difficult to keep under control and very difficult to correlate with the quality of the finished prototype suspension product. There are many approaches that to a certain degree limit their influence, but they mainly involve the interpretation of technicians and no real-time information is available nor a possibility to determine the manufacturing context for a given part. 

We worked with Continental to prototype a CPS-based small-scale production system able to provide and exploit relevant field-data regarding perturbations during the components testing and to 

  • design and build an integrated product-production co-simulation for CPS-based industrial control solution. 

·       deliver a proof-of-concept for CPS-based production system as a feasible and promising approach to reengineer the factory of the future by employing the combined INTO-CPS and 4DIAC platforms 

  • achieve a long-term multiplication effect with the implemented demo by attracting other companies to develop, use and adopt CPS-based technology. 

More details: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/cplab/

De-Centralised Traffic Management

West Consulting B.V.  a Dutch SME were looking at a de-centralised CPS solution for Traffic Management, to include  control inside individual vehicles via GPS. Using the Overture tool family, we were able to supply 2D and 3D visualisations and provide support on dynamic re-configuration of the vehicles as they move around. West were able to use these visualisations to test various scenarios at low cost and in turn to produce a prototype tool for de-centralised traffic management. With further work, and buy in from Dutch Road authorities it is hoped that the tool will become comercially exploitable. This work in turn led to enhancements of the Overture toolset which we will be able to take advantage of in various other sectors

More details: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/cplab/

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

European

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations

Partners

University of York

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.york.ac.uk


Aarhus University

Partner Type

University

Website

https://international.au.dk


Siemens Mindsphere

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/company/topic-areas/digitalization/the-mindsphere-innovation-network.html


ClearSy SAS

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.clearsy.com/en/


Verified Systems

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.verified.de


Continental

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.continental-corporation.com/ro-ro


West Consulting

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.west.nl


Loughborough University

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.lboro.ac.uk


KTH

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.kth.se/en


CNRS LAAS

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.laas.fr/public/

Technological competences

  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems

H2020 Projects

  • RIMA
    Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance
    Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

    Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies.
    Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth in the field:
    - RIMA is building upon the network pioneered by SPRINT Robotics extending it to all relevant sectors across the value chain.
    - The RIMA network encompasses:
       o leading research organizations supporting one DIH per region aligned with regional policies and industry sectors.
       o Sectorial associations who will make a bridge with end users and industries.
    - RIMA will offer services including support to testing and technology transfer, coaching and training on robotics for I&M, process optimization and communication. 50.5% of RIMA’s budget will be distributed to SMEs to run experiments using FSTP
    - RIMA will advise on funding opportunities relying on the S3 Thematic Platform on robotics for I&M federating the common ambition of 13 EU regions.
    - Network sustainability will be ensured by adapting the SPRINT business model
    Expected results are (i) increased competitiveness of EU I&M Robotics, (ii) economic added value by increased productivity and availability of the critical infrastructure (iii) social and environmental impact through improved safety and less emission of hazardous substances (iv) the constitution of a sustainable and scalable (open to new members) DIH network aligned with the industrial and European policies and ambitions
  • HUBCAP
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

    HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
    HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
    The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.
Last updated: 13/03/19 15:19