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  • 1. The Microlab experience in bridging the gapbetween academia and industryEU - Israel Seminar on Technology Transfer with an Emphasis on CleanTechTel Aviv, November 25-26, 2012Name: Dr. Alex BartzasMicroprocessors and Digital Systems LabNational Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • 2. Academia and Industry Mainly through EC-funded research projects and HiPEAC NoE Technology Academia Clusters Industry (Microlab/NTUA) (Corallia)Nov. 25, 2012 2
  • 3. Clusters supported by CoralliaNano/Microelectronics Space Technologies and Gaming Technologies & based Systems and Applications Cluster Creative Content Cluster Applications Cluster Microlab is a member of all three clusters Members: 22 Members: 130 Members: 22 Initiation: 2009 Initiation: 2004 Initiation: 2011 Turnover: > € 100 Turnover: > € 5.7 bil. Turnover: > € 1.2 bil. mil.Employment: > 5000 Employment: > 1000Nov. 25, 2012 Employment: > 600 3
  • 4. Services to Cluster Members• Acquisition of third party funding (R&D and non R&D projects, VCs, BAs, Banks)• One Stop Shop (consulting, mentoring, coaching -mainly- for founders)• Networking Events (networking days, user days, open days, carpe diem, webinars)• Internationalisation Events (trade fairs, exhibitions, roadshows, etc.)• Web presence (social networks, knowledge base, cluster mapping)• Incubation Area (office space and amenities, data centre and management)• Business Area (meeting rooms and amenities, printing services, telepresence etc.)• Exhibition Area (physical and virtual booths)• Job finder (career days, career matchmaker platform)• Public Relations (Newsletter, News-Stream, NewsWatch, branding)• Training events (business acceleration programme, patenting, etc.) Nov. 25, 2012 4
  • 5. Application domains we are active • Run-time resource and data management, application and Multimedia data mapping, design space exploration, middleware developmentTrusted/Secure • Secure data management for smart-grid applications, computing trusted middleware Medical • RTOS and real-time applications, low-power softwareMicroelectroni • Design of reliable HW in the deep sub-micron context, cs functional and parametric reliability Space • Implementation of computer vision algorithms as HW IPs • Run-time resource and data management, application and Games data mapping, middleware development • Adaptive control of PV module parameters, run-time Energy management Nov. 25, 2012 5
  • 6. Space: What is our work? The exploration of Mars is one of the main goals for both NASA and ESA, as confirmed by past and recent activities • The last 15 years there are a number of on-orbit and surface missions to Mars • Our projects are part of the ExoMars mission (scheduled for 2018)Nov. 25, 2012 6
  • 7. Collaboration with industry• European Space Agency (ESA) Projects • SPARTAN • SEXTANT• Develop IP kernels for computer vision algorithms targeting to rover navigation for Mars terrain • ESA-compatible VHDL • Mapped onto Xilinx Virtex-6 board • Optimized C/C++ code • Running onto 150MIPS processor (space-oriented device) TRASYS GMV AEROSPACE and DEFENCE CNESNov. 25, 2012 7 National Technical University of Athens Democritus University of Thrace
  • 8. Medical: What is our work? • Tackling societal needs • Reduced healthcare costs as a result of reduced need for hospitalization, and clinician visits through increased remote monitoring • Increase access to best practice care for patients living in remote geographical locations • More efficient use of Governmental and Insurance healthcare resources by ensuring patient concordance with treatment protocols through remote monitoring • The applications we are working on aim at the next generation, integrated solutions for personalized treatment and management of patients • integrated solution for patients with chronic renal failure • integrated autonomous device for the monitoring and the personalized management of chronic woundsNov. 25, 2012 8
  • 9. Collaboration with industry • Collaboration through E.C. IP-Projects • SWAN-iCare • Nephron+ • Developing real-time and low-power embedded SW applications running on the wearable medical devices • Reading data from the sensors, handling the actuators and relaying data to the patients and medical personnel Sensors Actuators Wireless comm. Embedded real-time SW,Nov. 25, 2012 integrated control 9
  • 10. Energy: What is our work? Problem: Power loss due to partial shading of the PV array and the PV module • Conventional topologies of modules deal with partial shading by placing bypass diodes across group of cells • These bypass diodes are effective in dealing with mismatch losses between the groups of cells • A shaded group of cells is bypassed when shaded in order to allow the rest of the module to operate on a higher current • The power potentially produced by the bypassed group is lost • When the incident shade affects all the groups in a similar way, the entire module operates on a lower current since there is no option of bypassing the shaded cells.Nov. 25, 2012 10
  • 11. Collaboration with industry • Close collaboration with IMEC, vzw., Belgium • Partial funding of Ph.D. researchers • Internships • Our proposal: Intra-module configurable cell interconnection topology • Instead of using bypass diodes, switches can be used to alter the interconnection of the cells within the module. • Cells with similar operating conditions are grouped together.Nov. 25, 2012 11
  • 12. Collaboration with Industry and Academia Industrial AcademicNov. 25, 2012 12
  • 13. www.corallia.org www.microlab.ntua.grThank You!Questions? More information: Alex Bartzas, Ph.D. alexis@microlab.ntua.gr