Together with imec and the DTAI research group of KU Leuven, the Sirris EluciDATA Lab will be hosting a special session on 'Fleet-based Prognostics and Health Management of Industrial Assets' at the Fifth European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2020 in Turin on 1-3 July. Are you involved in research related to this topic? Submit your abstract by 31 January!

With sensors becoming rapidly cheaper, manufacturing companies are expecting their massive sensor deployment to support vital services, such as predictive maintenance, automated supply chain management, operations & usage monitoring. However, billions of connected IoT devices, generating monumental amounts of data do not necessary result in smart systems or products. They do have a direct impact on cost. The InsightProducts project supports companies to improve their product and service offering through a cost-effective approach to relevant and qualitative product data acquisition and use in view of digital servitisation.

The new mastercourse ‘The opportunities and challenges of fleet-based analytics’, on 27 January 2020, will provide practical techniques for analysing fleets of machines.

An important aspect of the demonstrator in the Smart & Digital Factory Application Lab in Kortrijk is data integration. Connecting the different elements of production systems is one of the six skills of a smart, agile factory.

After three successful editions, a fourth edition of the ‘Fleet-based analytics for data-driven operation and maintenance optimisation’ seminar will take place on 24 September. The seminar focuses on the challenges of optimising the operation and maintenance of a fleet of machines by means of data-driven analytics and hybrid modelling strategies. In addition, a new mastercourse, ‘The opportunities and challenges of fleet-based analytics’, on 25 September will provide practical techniques for analysing fleets of machines.

Curiosity Forum on 13 June is an experience that goes beyond that of a conference. It will be a day full of inspiration and networking opportunities with peers, thought leaders, academics, and analytics & AI experts. Sirris will give a presentation on the opportunities of digitalisation in the manufacturing industry.

Due to developments in data-driven algorithms, more and more AI tools are being developed to process images. Supplying images of tools to AI models can automate this inspection process. The first steps in this direction have been taken in a recent research project.

The EluciDATA Community allows its members to network with peers and stay up-to-date with emerging technologies and R&D projects related to data innovation and AI. Within this framework two annual events will be organised: an innovation brokerage and an expert technology forum. The first innovation brokerage takes place on 23 April, together with the kick-off event of the community.

The Data and AI Competence Lab of Sirris is currently focusing on the topic of fleet-based analytics via several research projects and creating awareness via dedicated seminars. Soon the lab will also launch a dedicated platform for fleet-based analysis, to support companies in adopting a fleet-based data-driven approach.

It had been coming for a while, and now it is a reality: shortly after New Year Amazon surpassed the giant trio of Microsoft, Google and Apple and is now the largest publicly traded company in the world. This is typical of Amazon’s smart and sustained strategy, as well as of its founder Jef Bezos, but this number one position also gives a more in-depth picture of the power relations in the digital economy.