On July 4th 2018, external visitors were invited by the ENABLE-S3 consortium to the exhibition “Validation & Testing of Complex Automated Systems”, taking place at the premises of the project partner IBM Research – Ireland. In order to communicate the project’s developments to a wider public, the 68 partners from 16 European countries presented the major achievements after 2 project years and provided networking possibilities across industry, academia and national funding agencies.
The event started with a keynote by Nobuhiro Asai, from IBM Internet of Things, giving insights into the latest developments in the field of autonomous driving support by a distributed computing model in a server. Alun Foster, Communication’s Manager at the European funding agency ECSEL JU, then gave a presentation on the importance of cooperative European research projects and goals of ECSEL JU in the years to come. He was followed by a presentation of Aria Etemad, project manager of the German project L3Pilot, who presented the project’s challenges and major achievements.
Then, Andrea Leitner, the project manager of ENABLE-S3, presented what the project is about and its key activities. Her presentation was followed by an introduction to the demonstrator area exhibiting more than 30 demonstrators by the 12 Use Case leaders, presented in a short 2-3 minutes pitch. In the afternoon, the 110 consortium members and around 30 external visitors met in the exhibition area to learn more about the 34 demonstrators and exchange insights across all six domains: automotive, aerospace, rail, maritime, health and farming. To provide an overview of the extensive amount of demonstrators, the consortium created a “Demonstrator Overview” booklet.
The exhibition was followed by a panel discussion “When do you consider your system safe enough?”, chaired by Michael Paulweber from AVL List. Michael discussed topics with project representatives from the automotive, health, maritime and aerospace domain about the importance of testing, validation and verification of autonomous systems and how Innovation Actions with a consortium as large as ENABLE-S3 play a major role in their research activities.
The participants continued their discussions at the networking event, rounding off the day with wine and some finger food.