March 21, 2018

TETRAMAX at the DATE conference

TETRAMAX organized a session on 'Enabling ICT Innovations for European SMEs' at DATE conference 2018 in Dresden, Germany.

The session presented two SAE Initiative projects: TETRAMAX and FED4SAE, supported by two speakers from the industry presenting their products consisting of programming technology SLX (Silexica) and software for automated driving (BASELABS). The workshop session will introduce the SAE approach and their individual funding schemes for European university-industry cooperation.

The session was coordinated and initiated by Prof. Luca Fanucci, UniversitĂ  di Pisa, and succeeded by Rainer Leupers, RWTH, who introduced the TETRAMAX project, its ambitions in customized low-energy computing innovation and its funding structure. He also presented our latest call for Value Chain Oriented and Interdisciplinary Technology Transfer Experiments between academia and industry (SMEs).

The FED4SAE project was presented by Isabelle Dor, CEA-DEN, which focuses on boosting European CPS solutions to market by strengthening companies' competitiveness in the CPS market under the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative.

Bernd Janson, ZENIT, talked about the importance of open innovation, which is based on strong networks between academia and industry. The idea behind the Enterprise Europe Network started in 2008. The overall aim is to support the competitiveness and innovation capabilities of SMEs in Europe. Today, the Enterprise Europe Network is the largest innovation network in the world. He also explained the Network's role within TETRAMAX.

Juan Eusse presented Silexica, a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University. He emphasized the implications of technology transfer from university to a fast growing company, forming a strong relationship between both parties. He provided insights into SLX with real industrial examples as well as a how the company and its technologies have since developed.

Robin Schubert, BASELABS, talked about transferring research results to safety-relevant products such as software for autonomous driving. While the transfer from research to market exploitation is already a challenge in itself, additional tasks arise when it comes to products that are used for safety-critical applications. The presentation highlighted the path from research via pre-development towards safety-certified software products and the different business models related to each stage. The objective was to provide insights and best practices, helping researchers and entrepreneurs with similar challenges

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TETRAMAX is a Horizon 2020 innovation action within 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. As a Digital Innovation Hub, TETRAMAX aims to bring added value to European industry, helping to gain competitive advantage through faster digitization. The project partially builds on experiences with the TETRACOM project during 2013-2016. TETRAMAX was launched in Sep 2017 and runs until Dec 2021.