Sibiu Smart Systems (SmaS) is a non-profit hub integrating theoretical and application-driven research, infrastructure and services of Connected Intelligence Research Center (INCON) and Hasso Plattner Institute for Knowledge Transfer (HPI). Both INCON and HPI are hosted within the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in Romania and provide access to a vast network of international industrial partners and scientific institutions.
SmaS integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cyber-physical social systems (CPSS) research with support activities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs, to accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions by industry in the field of engineering cyber-physical systems and advanced human-machine systems (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, motion and biometric sensors).
SmaS provides the following services to regional SMEs to support their digital transformation:
- Knowledge services, comprising activities for training, education and skills development, as well as raising awareness among local and regional companies about capabilities and benefits of AI and CPSS;
- Technology services, enabling hands-on experience in the development and deployment of CPSS within the existing research infrastructure (e.g. production prototypes, open-source CPSS-development software);
- Networking services, enabling connection to all relevant local and regional stakeholders to match needs and demands with offers and opportunities. Even more, considering previous and ongoing projects (ESI-founded, public-private, Horizon 2020), SmaS provides access to a European network for digitalization solutions.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
SmaS activities are fully correlated with Romania’s Digital Agenda 2020 strategy approved by the government in 2015, especially considering public investment in ICT to advance digitalization of society and industry (see below project DiFiCIL, founded in a framework programme of this Agenda). Moreover, SmaS’ activities are aligned with the Romanian Smart Specialization Strategy and RIS3 activities.
- DiFiCIL, ESI-funded research project, contract nr. 69/08.09.2016. The main goal of DiFiCIL is to create a sustainable team of experts that can analyse, design and implement complex cyber-physical social systems (CPSS). It includes fundamental and applicable research in the field of emergent technologies for Factories of the Future, the development of a technological infrastructure for the research in the field of cyber-physical social systems, and the identification of research themes that best reflect the regional industry requirements. Link:http://dificil.grants.ulbsibiu.ro/en/
- iPP4CPPS, open-call part of the H2020 CPSE Labs project, grand agreement no. 644400. The project aims to contribute for the optimization of the complete product-production cycle by having real-time information about machines, production process, product and perturbations into a platform that allows coping with uncertainties for the automatic scheduling and control. To achieve this optimization, an integrated multi-paradigm modelling and simulation platform has been used to evaluate key parts of the product-production cycle. On this basis, a realistic small-scale prototype system was constructed and coupled with the co-simulation to assess the inner complexity to engineer CPS-based production systems. Link: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/experiment.php?id=c3_uk_gs_ipp4cpps
- DiGiFoF, Erasmus+ project. DiGiFoF proposes a network of innovation hubs where higher education institutions, enterprises, and training institutions come together to develop the basic skill profiles, trainings and teaching concepts as well as materials for design aspects of the Factory of the Future (FoF). This will provide modelling, simulation and analysis tools targeting smart manufacturing and product design, product-service systems, new organizational models for FoF, etc. Disciplines addressed by the network are: engineering (product design and engineering, automation, embedded systems etc.), computer science, information systems management, industrial management, service science, etc. Link: https://www.omilab.org/digifof.html
- EUCogIII, FP7. EUCogIII is an European Commission funded network of excellence that targets to advance the understanding of artificial cognitive systems through a series of community outreach, scientific outlook, and education actions. Link: http://www.eucognition.org/
- COST IC1404 - Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Cyber-Physical Systems, European Science Foundation. COST IC1404 aims to promote the sharing of foundations, techniques, and tools and to provide educational resources, to both academia and industry by bringing together and disseminating knowledge and experiments on CPS problems and multi-paradigm modelling solutions. Link: www.cost.eu/domains_actions/ict/Actions/IC1404
Data mining for unexpected circumstances behaviour of dissimilar embedded systems
Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor.
Client needs: Identify regular and outliner patterns on data from dissimilar embedded systems.
Provided solution to meet the needs: Application of data mining algorithms to increase the quality of services provided by the client.
Automatic Motorcycle Transmission Prototype
Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor.
Client needs: Prototype for an automatic gear change based on rpm/driving speed.
Provided solution to meet the needs: Prototype transmission designed (CAD), tested (FEA) and deployed as a functional system for the client.
Training for the development on integrated hardware-software applications for automotive infotainment systems
Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor, SME (S.C. ProIT S.R.L Sibiu).
Client needs: Augmentation of employee knowledge to develop integrated hardware-software infotainment applications.
Provided solution to meet the needs: Professional training and technical consultancy for developing, testing and deployment of integrated hardware-software applications.
The solution included the engineering of embedded systems for automotive industry. Engineering means requirements specification and modelling, simulation, implementation and testing on automotive infotainment systems. The service included also the development and automated testing of SWYPE Keyboard type which emulates human behavior.
Multi-paradigm approach for co-simulation and deployment of production systems
Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor, S.C. Continental S.R.L. Sibiu.
Client needs: Industrial use-case for testing the benefits and the maturity level of CPS-based technologies on a small-scale production system to reflect, as realistic and accurate as possible, the company’s real manufacturing and testing processes.
Provided solution to meet the needs: An integrated product-production co-simulation for CPS-based industrial control solution was designed and build by the University Lucian Blaga of Sibiu (ULBS). Moreover, a CPS-based production system prototype was also constructed by employing the combined INTO-CPS and 4DIAC platforms along-side 20-Sim as a proof-of-concept for a feasible and promising approach to engineer the factory of the future.