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EXCITE brings together the topranked ICT research groups Estonia to work jointly on a focussed, yet broad and extendable, research programme. It will capitalize on the existing expertise to create synergies on the rich but fragmented landscape of the Estonian ICT research. The consortium will advance foundational theories of model verification and data analysis. On this groundwork, it will develop methods and tools for sound practices of designing and analyzing reliable and secure ICT systems processing large data volumes, as demanded by applications to domains of high socioeconomic relevance (cyberphysical and robotic systems, ehealth and biomedical systems). We will start with 10 cooperation themes with clearly defined objectives, methodology and expected results.

The overall aim of SAFEST is to enhance the scientific and technological capacity of Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in the field of Hardware Security, to be achieved through networking activities with its internationally-leading Twinning partners: Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM), Technische Universität München (TUM), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), and Technische Universität Graz (TUG). To achieve its overall aim, the 3 year project will build upon the existing strong competences of TUT in closely-related fields, to be complemented by the specific know-how of the Twinning partners. TUT will also make use of best practices learned from its previous Twinning experience as an enabler to the success of this project. To boost their scientific excellence and innovation capacity, the partners will implement a networking strategy focused on four complementary subtopics: - Test for security (LIRMM) - Reverse engineering and defences (TUM) - Side channel attacks (KUL) - Hardware-software architectural vulnerabilities (TUG).

One of the main challenges of the future control systems will be data-driven control design for rapidly changing environments that will be able to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption, emissions and pollution. Data-driven control algorithms lying on the border between control theory, machine learning and data science have the largest impact on the future of humanity. The aim of the project is to develop an industrial software framework for control engineers and researchers consisting of a set of methods for automated analysis, modelling and design of the most efficient control system from data representing the controlled process. The developed methodology will significantly simplify implementation of advanced control techniques in the industry, increase their efficiency and enable industrial control systems to acquire knowledge and learn from constantly growing data sets.

Aim of the project is to digitalize, automate and optimize the end2end process of cargo stowage and operations for RoRo ships at port. The project scope is therefore research and development as well as integration work and testing of a broad range of relevant digital technologies for selected DFDS terminals and routes.

SMART4ALL builds capacity amongst European stakeholders via the development of selfsustained, cross-border experiments that transfer knowledge and technology between academia and industry. It targets CLEC CPS and the IoT and combines a set of unique characteristics that join together under a common vision different cultures, different policies, different geographical areas and different application domains. SMART4ALL brings a new paradigm for revealing “hidden innovation treasures” from SEE and helping them to find the path to market via new, innovative commercial products.

The proposed ETN will train 15 ESRs in the interdisciplinary field of Ecohydraulics to find innovative solutions for freshwater fish protection and river continuity restoration in anthropogenically altered rivers. The 15 ESRs will carry out an innovative and integrated research programme within a multidisciplinary and intersectoral Network, including 8 leading European Universities, consultancy companies, public agencies and hydropower industry, encompassing experts in fish biology, river ecology, environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. The 15 ESRs will have access to a number of laboratory and field facilities, modelling techniques, experimental practices and instrumental technologies, to expand current understanding of key fundamental fish bio-mechanical, behavioural and physiological processes, and to promote development of novel tools and management solutions in the area of freshwater fish protection.

ROBOMINERS will develop a bio-inspired, modular and reconfigurable robot-miner for small and difficult to access deposits. The aim is to create a prototype robot that is capable of mining underground, underwater or above water, and can be delivered in modules to the deposit via a large diameter borehole. In the envisioned ROBOMINERS technology line, mining will take place underground, underwater in a flooded environment.

ECOBOTICS.SEA is a future-oriented 4-year research project with a research-driven human-resources training network in its center. ECOBOTICS.SEA focuses on the research of underwater robotics and biomimetics concepts and technology, targeting problems and needs in the real world that are related to the study of biospheres, species and ecosystems and their preservation.

This project is based on the new paradigm of "flow as information", a groundbreaking approach for underwater sensing of multiscale flows in Nature. It will lead to new, optimized devices and methods to measure, classify and explore the underwater environment when traditional methods are too expensive or simply do not work. Flow as information is inspired by aquatic animals who have evolved advanced sensory systems which combine sensing and information processing into a single framework. The proposal will advance TalTech's underwater sensing technologies from working prototypes (TRL4) to tests in relevant operational environments (TRL6), and support technology transfer to Estonian and international firms. These devices and methods will provide researchers and decision makers with new and reliable sources of flow data during extreme climate and weather events where conventional devices fail and when critical infrastructure is at risk, such as during storm surges and floods.

Along with ambitious research outcomes, the RESCUE ITN ETN coordinated by TUT provides an interdisciplinary training for future European engineers and researchers for challenges of reliability, security and quality in nanoelectronic systems. Essentially, the ETN addresses boosting Europe’s capabilities and leadership in nanoelectronics design and creation of qualified workforce and knowledge for industry. The industry sector is represented by innovative and award-winning European SMEs from the areas of nanoelectronics reliability and security, i.e. IROC Technologies and Intrinsic-ID. The large companies on board are Cadence, the global electronic design automation company, and Robert Bosch, the European automotive electronics flagship, supporting the ETN as a partnering organisation. A cutting-edge research institution IHP serves as a bridge for knowledge transfer between the sectors. The academic sector is represented by four top tech universities Politecnico di Torino and Delft, Brandenburg, Tallinn Universities of Technology. RESCUE will last for 4 years with the total budget 3.76 MEUR.

TETRAMAX is a new Horizon 2020 innovation action and will provide an implementation of the European Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) initiative in the domain of customized and low-energy computing for cyber physical systems and the internet of things. The total budget of the TETRAMAX project is 7M€ and is coordinated by RWTH Aachen University, with 22 partners, covering almost all EU countries. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and will run for four years. Department of Computer Systems is one of the partners of the TETRAMAX project.