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Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca
Country: Italy
6 Projects, page 1 of 2
  • Funder: EC Project Code: 699275
    Overall Budget: 857,241 EURFunder Contribution: 727,501 EUR

    This document describes the research to be undertaken by the project OptiFrame – “An Optimization Framework for Trajectory Based Operations” - funded by the EU call “SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: First Call for Research Project”, research topic “Trajectory Based Operations (TBO)” (ER-09-2015), within the area “ATM Applications-Oriented Research”. The project consortium comprises University of Lancaster (Project Coordinator), the Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca, Eurocontrol and the Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR). OptiFrame is motivated by the need of studying a number of fundamental questions related to TBO, a key element of future ATM operating concepts. The main objective of this research proposal is the application of principles of mathematical modelling and optimization to optimally configure and assess the performance of the TBO concept. This will allow to verify the viability of the TBO concept, to identify the major issues that need to be addressed, and determine whether, under which conditions, and to what extent, the objectives of flexibility of airspace users and predictability of the ATM system, can be achieved. The core activity and focus of this proposal is the development of a framework, which consists of mathematical models and optimization algorithms, “to support the ATFCM decision making process” by suggesting optimal TBO solutions. The framework will be applied in real world instances, and it will be used to perform a wide array of analyses. We will use OptiFrame as a tool to: i) investigate several of the issues and questions arising for the exploitation and deployment of the TBO concept, ii) fully understand the benefits and limitations of the TBO approach, and iii) study the trade-off between different contrasting KPIs relevant for the TBO concept.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 101004211
    Overall Budget: 1,500,000 EURFunder Contribution: 1,500,000 EUR

    The increasing number of tools and algorithms able to process and extract qualitative and quantitative information from Earth Observation products has an enormous potential to support the evaluation of weather-induced climate risks. The ECFAS project will contribute to the evolution of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service by demonstrating the technical and operational feasibility of a European Coastal Flood Awareness System. ECFAS will provide a proof-of-concept that will complement and broaden the currently available panoply of core service information. ECFAS will evaluate coastal flood risk contributing to a fully integrated risk cycle monitoring service. ECFAS will implement an awareness system for coastal areas (preparedness phase) and impact assessment products (response phase), fundamental for effective recovery and prevention actions. Following the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, the avoidance of duplication, and the facilitation of user uptake, ECFAS will capitalise from the product portfolio of CEMS, CMEMS and CLMS, publicly available datasets and information derived from relevant EU projects. Marine forcing forecasts will be improved through the integration of available models in order to reduce uncertainties and provide reliable coastal flood maps. Hazard and impact assessments will be carried out taking into account the existing CEMS framework and adding the impact on low-lying areas, that represents a set of added value mapping products. The technical operational feasibility of the products will be demonstrated through a performance assessment of the service in selected test cases for past-events, as well as in forecasting mode. The integration of data from different sources will require increased computer resources, supporting the concept of using DIAS as core processing service. The availability and accessibility of generated data and derived products will stimulate their exploitation by users of the Emergency Service and beyond

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 665220
    Overall Budget: 3,990,200 EURFunder Contribution: 3,990,200 EUR

    INCEPTION realises innovation in 3D modelling of cultural heritage through an inclusive approach for time-dynamic 3D reconstruction of artefacts, built and social environments. It enriches the European identity through understanding of how European cultural heritage continuously evolves over long periods of time. INCEPTION’s Inclusive approach comprises: time dynamics of 3D reconstruction (‘forever’); addresses scientists, engineers, authorities and citizens (‘for everybody’); and provides methods and tools applicable across Europe (‘from everywhere’). INCEPTION solves the shortcomings of state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction by significantly enhancing the functionalities, capabilities and cost-effectiveness of instruments and deployment procedures for 3D laser survey, data acquisition and processing. It solves the accuracy and efficiency of 3D capturing by integrating Geospatial Information, Global and Indoor Positioning Systems (GIS, GPS, IPS) both through hardware interfaces as well as software algorithms. INCEPTION methods and tools will result in 3D models that are easily accessible for all user groups and interoperable for use by different hardware and software. It develops an open-standard Semantic Web platform for Building Information Models for Cultural Heritage (HBIM) to be implemented in user-friendly Augmented Reality (VR and AR) operable on mobile devices. INCEPTION collaborative research and demonstration involves all disciplines (both social and technical sciences), technologies and sectors essential for creation and use of 3D models of cultural heritage. SMEs are the thrust of INCEPTION consortium that will bring the innovation into creative industries of design, manufacturing and ICT. The Consortium is fully supported by a Stakeholder Panel that represents an international organisation (UNESCO), European and national public institutions, and NGOs in all fields of cultural heritage.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 847826
    Overall Budget: 6,716,320 EURFunder Contribution: 6,666,320 EUR

    Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscular dystrophy in childhood, with more than 25,000 patients in Europe. It is due to mutations in the DMD gene that preclude the production of the protein dystrophin. In addition to the progressive muscle weakness, 50% of affected individuals have debilitating central nervous system (CNS) co-morbidities, including intellectual disability, neurodevelopmental problems encompassing autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These co-morbidities are due to the deficiency of multiple dystrophin isoforms in brain whose expression is differentially affected by the site of the DMD mutation. They represent a major obstacle for patients to live a fully independent life. Current therapies do not address these co-morbidities. The postnatal restoration of one dystrophin isoform using genetic therapies in the DMD mouse model improves the neurobehavioral phenotype. This raises the exciting possibility that some of the CNS co-morbidities could improve with genetic therapies in patients. We need to address several knowledge gaps before considering clinical applications of these therapies: i. dystrophin isoforms localisation in the CNS; ii. which of the neurobehavioural features of the dystrophic mice improve after dystrophin restoration, and circuitries involved; iii. deep phenotype patients to define robust outcome measures. This project developed in partnership with advocacy groups, meets gender criteria and offers for the first time insight into how dystrophins’ affect CNS function, and on the reversibility of the DMD CNS co-morbidities, providing essential information to the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, and for other syndromes arising from dystrophin associated proteins. Our efforts to develop novel therapies that can cross the blood brain barrier could be transformative for the field of neurodegeneration and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 700099
    Overall Budget: 14,789,600 EURFunder Contribution: 11,973,400 EUR

    The ultimate purpose of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizen's protection and saving lives. ANYWHERE proposes to implement a Pan-European multi-hazard platform providing a better identification of the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space before they occur. This platform will support a faster analysis and anticipation of risks prior the event occurrence, an improved coordination of emergency reactions in the field and help to raise the self-preparedness of the population at risk. This significant step-ahead in the improvement of the pro-active capacity to provide adequate emergency responses is achievable capitalizing on the advanced forecasting methodologies and impact models made available by previous RTD projects, maximizing the uptake of their innovative potential not fully exploited up to now. The consortium is build upon a strong group of Coordinators of previous key EC projects in the related fields, together with 12 operational authorities and first responders institutions and 6 leading enterprises of the sector. The platform will be adapted to provide early warning products and locally customizable decision support services proactively targeted to the needs and requirements of the regional and local authorities, as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks. It will be implemented and demonstrated in 4 selected pilot sites to validate the prototype that will be transferred to the real operation. The market uptake will be ensured by the cooperation with a SME and Industry Collaborative Network, covering a wide range of sectors and stakeholders in Europe, and ultimately worldwide.

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