This is the second in a series of blogs, in the context of the MISTic project concerning the traffic situation in Brussels in times of Covid-19 restrictions. Here we focus on the evolution of traffic during the relaxations of the restrictions.

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on digital services which are scalable while also filling in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. Marion Debruyne, dean of Vlerick Business School, presents her vision.

Nowadays, many companies understand the power of data on their products and services. By intelligently exploiting data from their products, they are able to improve business operations & processes, enhance the design of their products and create service offerings complementing their existing products. This can only be achieved with trustworthy, qualitative and accurate data. Sirris wants to tackle the challenges by setting up a new project.

The present corona crisis has made life and work circumstances quite challenging for everybody, but for data science the lockdown restrictions created a number of very interesting real-world problems to study. The EluciDATA Lab of Sirris has fully exploited this opportunity and has managed to derive some characteristic blueprints of the traffic in Brussels.

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.