Call for Participation - CPS: 'I3C' - Localisation and Signal Processing for Networked Biosensors

Deadline: The deadline for submitting proposals is April 4, 2013.

Introduction
The project 'Intelligent Integrated critical Infrastructures for smarter future Cities' (I3C), is requesting the engagement of a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), or small consortium, with relevant experience, expertise and access to technological systems for the monitoring and control of critical infrastructures. Access to the physical infrastructure is an essential requirement. I3C is part of the EIT ICT Labs action line Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The call is issued by the EIT ICT Labs partner KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Scope of the Call
I3C proposes the federation of monitoring and control systems applied to urban critical infrastructures. For the purposes of I3C, 'critical infrastructure' is defined as in Council Directive 2008/114/EC Article 2(a).

One of the objectives of the project is the design of a large-scale, self-organized, sensor network performing distributed sensing and control tasks in a reliable and secure manner, where the network performance is tuned according to the needs of the water quality management in large-scale water distribution systems and plants. To provide a networking solution that allows the reliable monitoring and control of water quality over a large-scale water treatment or water desalination plant, we have to address the following challenges:

  • a) The network of biosensors has to be based on the interconnection of different networking protocols to provide the necessary coverage and spatio-temporal density. Some of the protocols may offer inherently low reliability, while all information fusion and application control have to be reliable and secure across the heterogeneous network;
  • b) The network of biosensors has to support both distributed and centralized sensing and control applications, where in the centralized case the sink may be even a mobile handhold device.
  • c) The network has to support periodic monitoring with relatively relaxed delay requirements and event-based monitoring, which demands a quick reaction to alerts. d) Finally, since the application includes a control loop closed from sensing to control and actuation actions, the network must be designed by considering simultaneously both the closed loop control requirements and the communication requirements.
  • e) Since in water treatment and desalination plants there are other parameters of interest that are already available, wherever appropriate, the communication protocols should allow intercommunication/ inter-operability between the WSN and other nodes (typical sensors, controllers, operation stations, etc...) so that selected information is appropriately used whenever it is beneficial to control more accurately the efficiency and productivity of the plant.

In this project, the partner will have the opportunity to work towards the commercialization of the candidate technology through supported field-testing and technical experts. In particular, the partner should lead the prototyping activities towards the realization and the experimental evaluation of a sensor network, applied for water quality monitoring. The main focus will be on the implementation of localization algorithms.

Strong interaction is foreseen between the partner, Imperial College London and KTH.

Required competence, experience, technology, infrastructure
Demonstration of the following is required:

  • Domain expertise in localization and in general in signal processing
  • Prior experience in realization of wireless sensor network deployments
  • Access to a test facility

Duration of Involvement
The Partner will take part in the I3C activity from April 14th until December 31st 2014.

Budget
The allocated maximum budget amounts to EUR 5000. This shall cover all costs related to the project.

Response and Evaluation criteria
Responses to this call shall be sent to Prof. Carlo Fischione (carlofi@kth.se), KTH Royal Institute of Technology Responses shall include the following information in a maximum of 2 pages (to be submitted in Portable Document Format via e-mail):

  • Confirmation that the respondent is an SME as defined by the European commission (or in the case of a small consortium, that at least one respondent meets this criterion)
  • Brief CV of the person(s) that will be working in the project
  • Demonstration of the required competences, experience, technology and access to infrastructure
  • Expectations and ambition for the partners' participation in the project
  • Relevant contact details

Candidate partners will be evaluated with respect to the requirements described, and their suitability given the scope of the project. Due to the small size of the project we expect that one person (as far as practical) will be allocated.

Evaluation of responses will be performed by the Activity Leader, in conjunction with experts representing project partners (including BT, UK, University of Trento, Italy, and KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), and in consultation with the CPS Action Line Leader.

KTH reserves the right to disregard responses that are not consistent with the stated criteria. This call does not bind Imperial and/or EIT ICT Labs to proceed with the award of any funding, and we reserve the right to at any moment cancel the evaluation process.

Project contract and results delivery
The detailed specification for results, delivery of results and financial reimbursement will be worked out once a suitable candidate has been selected.

Expectations
In addition to the competences described above, it is expected that the partner(s) will make a genuine contribution to ensuring that the appropriate KPIs are delivered. This includes the incubation of one specific technological innovation, and contribution to the delivery of a related business-oriented KPI (i.e. business model).

Enquiries about this call can be sent to Prof. Carlo Fischione (carlofi@kth.se), KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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