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Evaluation of the first year of the VALU3S Project is now completed and the project continues its journey in its second year!
The activities conducted and the results obtained within the 1st year of the project have now been evaluated and the consortium is very happy to know that the project implementation has been satisfactory within this period. The consortium has also received a set of constructive feedback from the expert reviewers and the ECSEL project officer connected to the evaluation of the 1st year of the project. Addressing these valuable feedbacks will contribute to a successful implementation of the project within the remaining two years of the project.

The 2nd year of the project will, to a great extent, be dedicated to implementation of technologies (methods and tools) that contribute to addressing the project objectives. This will also be an exciting year where our web-based repository that has been built to store elements of verification and validation (V&V) processes will be populated with additional vital components needed to conduct a V&V activity. The repository is planned to be publicly available 6 month prior to the end of the project.

We believe that similar to the 1st year of the project, the consortium is going to reach the objectives set out for the 2nd year of the project through an active participation and contribution of the project partners. We expect that even within a major part of the 2nd year of the project, the consortium is going to have to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemics through organization of online meetings that replaced the initially planned face-to-face meetings. However, we believe that the 2nd year of the project will also mark the time where the project partners gather in one place for the first time to share thoughts and discuss about the project’s results and activities.

Currently, we are five months into the 2nd year of the project and the consortium is working hard to reach the objectives set out for the 5th milestone of the project. This includes finalization of 12 deliverables to be submitted in October and November, out of which two are public deliverables that will be placed under the project’s website. The consortium also participated in a workshop organized by the European Commission’s Horizon Results Booster team to sharpen its exploitation plan. A new series of training sessions targeting standardisation activities have also started within the 2nd year of the project. Moreover, the project partners have continued their contributions to the dissemination of the project’s results through publication of scientific conference and journal articles.

I would like to once again thank all the project partners for their active contributions to the project. Also, special thanks to you, readers of this newsletter, for showing interest in the project and following-up on its activities and results. Stay tuned for more project-related news, results, and updates and hope that you find this newsletter informative and useful.

Behrooz Sangchoolie
Researcher in the Department of Electrification and Reliability at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
VALU3S Workshops - Autumn 2021
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Short report about the Horizon Booster Workshop

On September 9th the VALU3S consortium attended the Exploitation Workshop provided by the Horizon Results Booster, an initiative created by the European Commission to support the dissemination, exploitation and business plan development of European funded projects. This Workshop was given as part of the application made by VALU3S for Service 1, Portfolio Dissemination & Exploitation Strategy, Module C, Assisting projects to improve their existing exploitation strategy.

During the interactive morning lecture, the consortium discussed with the Horizon Results Booster Team the two main key exploitable results it had identified prior to the meeting: 1) a web-based repository consisting of a searchable catalogue of V&V methods and tools applicable to specific domains and application scenarios, and 2) a tailor-made holistic V&V-centred systems engineering tool suite. Each of these results were characterised, identifying their value with respect to current solutions on the market, the possible stakeholders and the way to bring them to target markets by overcoming any risks that might arise. In addition, the roadmap that would facilitate their exploitation and, hence, the return of earnings was also drawn up.

Overall, it was a didactic morning that helped many partners to learn about the benefits of exploitation and how they could do it themselves.

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Standardisation Workshops, Autumn 2021

On the 16th of September of 2021, the VALU3S project has initiated a new series of training sessions dedicated to standardisation. This is a new branch in training activities within VALU3S that aims at building an internal ecosystem for the exchange of information focused on aspects of established standards and ongoing standardisation activities that are of relevance to the work being performed in the project. Moreover, these training sessions have also the purpose to support the standardisation activities that are foreseen in the scope of the project and drive it towards the achievement of one of the project’s KPI that aims at the project being involved in at least 14 standardisation initiatives.

The first session was focused on the CEN ISO/IEEE 11073 Health informatics. This norm enables communication between medical, health care and wellness devices and external computer systems. They provide automatic and detailed electronic data capture of client-related and vital signs information, and of device operational data.
  1. Real-time plug-and-play interoperability for citizen-related medical, healthcare and wellness devices;
  2. Efficient exchange of care device data, acquired at the point-of-care, in all care environments.
  • "Real-time" means that data from multiple devices can be retrieved, time correlated, and displayed or processed in fractions of a second.
  • "Plug-and-play" means that all a user has to do is make the connection – the systems automatically detect, configure, and communicate without any other human interaction
  • "Efficient exchange of care device data" means that information that is captured at the point-of-care (e.g., personal vital signs data) can be archived, retrieved, and processed by many different types of applications without extensive software and equipment support, and without needless loss of information.
This norm could serve as inspiration in other domains in which the interoperability between devices is a must, and data sources can be of different types; The way the data is structured and real time registration is achieved can be of use in other domains.

As usual in VALU3S, the video of this first session (of the training dedicated to standardisation will made available in our Youtube channel as well as the videos of the future sessions), so stay tuned in our social networks, as the link for the video will be announced soon.

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Deliverables available at the VALU3S website
During September we have created a new section on the web presenting all our deliverables. This section will continuously be updated with information.

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New publications from VALU3S

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VALU3S video teaser is OUT!
VALU3S is a 3-years collaborative project funded by ECSEL JU under Horizon 2020 Work Programme. The project, started on May 2020, will last until April 2023 with a consortium composed by more than 40 partners coming from 10 different European countries.
Nowadays, automation is heavily deployed in several applications which require high safety standards, however the spotlight is always focused on functionality. Furthermore, high complexity of automated systems make verification and validation time-consuming and costly.
For these reasons, VALU3S project aims to design, implement and evaluate forefront methods and tools that will reduce time and cost for verification and validation while increasing safety and security performances of automated systems.
VALU3S will demonstrate and validate the proposed framework within 13 realistic pilots in different fields: automotive, railways, aerospace, agriculture, health and industrial robotics.

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VALU3S present at EFECS2021

After the successful participation to EFECS2020, we’re pleased to announce that VALU3S project will be represented again the 2021 edition as running project belonging to the ECSEL JU programme!

The EFECS2021 event will be held online from 23th to 25th November 2021; EFECS is the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems, which this year will focus on digitalization to enable a green and competitive Europe along the Electronic Components and Systems value chain in Europe. The organisers of this event are AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS in association with ECSEL Joint Undertaking, the European Commission and EUREKA. They have joined forces to organize also this year, despite continuation of Covid-19 crisis, such a big event bringing together all stakeholders which can contribute in shaping our digital future.

As happened in the last edition, VALU3S consortium is organising a virtual booth where materials concerning the project (including videos, brochures, etc,) are showcased. Furthermore, participants will have also the occasion to speak with VALU3S representative to discover more about project goals, activities and results. And, vice versa, VALU3S consortium will have the opportunity to address targeted stakeholders for starting the exploitation of project outcomes.

Stay tuned on website and social medias to receive further updates!
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