LONDON Artemis, a European collaborative research initiative intended to stimulate embedded technology with €2.7 billion (about $4 billion) over several years, will make a leap forward next month when it issues its first call for proposals.
The Advanced Research and Technology for Embedded Intelligence and Systems program is designed to bring together public- and private-funded research and will be run by a public-private partnership in the form of a ‘Joint Undertaking’ established through a regulation of the EU Council.
Ratified by the European Parliament in December 2007, Artemis was formally established on Feb 7, 2008. Previously the Artemisia Association had been set up to be responsible for the Artemis strategic research agenda (SRA) and a steering board comprising five small-to-medium-sized companies, 15 large companies and five public research organizations was elected on June 4, 2007. There is a ‘Presidium’ that includes representatives from Nokia, DaimlerChrysler, Philips, STMicroelectronics, and Thales.
The initial call for proposals and selection of projects – with a single process from submission to selection – will shortcut what is intended to happen in future years. After this initial round of funding there will be a two-stage selection process.
Kostas Glinos, executive director of the Artemis Joint Undertaking at the European Commission said that while 2008 will be a transitional year it is intended that the call for proposals in April will have a deadline of August or September with a decision in September or October to enable projects to start early in 2009.
In each of the subsequent six years that Artemis is intended to run Glinos said there would be a request for project outlines followed by a full proposal earlier in the year with a deadline early in the summer so decisions can be made earlier.
Glinos said that each proposal will be evaluated by four or five experts based on “excellence and competition” with the final selection decision made by a panel. As Artemis is a new form of collaborative research structure for Europe a great deal of effort has gone into shaping the rules of engagement and division of intellectual property (IP). Full regulations on how grants can be spent and how IP will be apportioned at the end of a project were published on Feb. 4 and Glinos said that the decision on future ownership of IP took more than six months of discussion by Artemisia to sort out.
The founding countries of Artemis are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. According to Glinos the Czech Republic, Israel, Norway and Switzerland have all indicated a desire to join the program.
Consortia and research teams applying for grants have to include organizations from at least three participating states. Up to 16.7 percent of costs will come from JU funding with co-funding from the respective Artemis member states, which on average should represent twice as much (33.3 percent of the total budget). This will provide around half the finance needed for a project with the participants in the project providing the balance.
Approved research projects are expected to help meet the SRA and Artemesia documented a number of cross-application solutions that Artemis is intended to address. These were described as “application contexts” with industrial, nomadic environments, private spaces and public infrastructure while research domains straddled references design and architectures, seamless connectivity and middleware; and system design methods and tools.The Artemisia expert groups have now identified eight sub-programs (SP) and any project will have to address at least one. How these sub-programs address the SRA are shown in the diagram.
The relationship between the Artemis strategic research agenda (SRA) and sub-programs drawn up by the Artemisia expert groups. To see a bigger version of this graphic click here.
The methods and processes for safety-relevant embedded systems SP will have a special relevance for the transport and manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and plant, and will look at cost-effective design and integration of new systems used in safety-critical situations. Person-centric health management will look to improve prevention, care, cure and well-being and cut rising cost of health-care demands by keeping people healthy.
The smart environments and scalable digital services SP will look to develop new services and software architectures to improve the user experience for mobile media and applications and enable the creation of new services.
Embedded systems supporting sustainable, competitive, flexible manufacturing, delivery and support of products over their complete life-cycle will be the focus of the fourth SP efficient manufacturing and logistics.
Computing environments for embedded systems will look at new architectures and design paradigms for embedded systems looking for transversal technology such as processing throughput and low power.
The sixth SP, security, privacy and dependability in embedded systems for appliances/networks/services and intended to provide protection for the individual, the supplier and the data infrastructure from abuse.
Embedded technology for sustainable urban life will concentrate on delivery of energy and other utilities with improved energy use through cost-effective and intelligent embedded systems such as smart buildings.New ways to interact with technology, or preferably for the technology to interact with the user, will come under scrutiny in SP8, human-centric design of embedded systems. This should produce easier-to-use, friendly electronics for home, work and play.
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