“Helping to potentially save lives and support teams of firefighters, the EU-funded AF3 project has developed new flame-extinction technology and an advanced software system to assist in planning the management of wildfires. The concepts allow firefighters to attack flames in the best possible way from the ground and the air, to better understand a blaze’s behaviour and growth patterns, and to detect an outbreak as early as possible.”
“Climate change is nothing new, and there are lessons to be learnt from history. EU-funded scientists have been studying 16th-century environmental data to inform contemporary policy in Cyprus and contribute to local historical culture.”
Touchscreens and digital graphics are everywhere, but for people who are visually impaired, they can be a major hurdle to using modern technology. But this is set to change, thanks to tactile technology that automatically converts complex digital graphics into braille and stick-on smartphone buttons that make apps navigable by touch.
Scientists are ramping up efforts to turn waste CO2 from industry into chemicals such as methanol in a bid to reduce emissions and provide a new source of raw materials for use in fuel, cement and food production.
A smartphone app that challenges children to engage in healthy behaviour, and genetic studies that investigate risk factors for obesity, are taking a nature and nurture approach to tackling one of the biggest epidemics of our time – childhood obesity.
As the EU aims to head towards a sustainable, low-carbon future, experts in bio-based industries at the forefront of this transition are turning food waste and waste-water sludge into bioplastics and converting decommissioned factories into new biorefineries by working with local populations.
Finicky eating habits and wasteful processes have led to a system that discards millions of tonnes of food each year, but new approaches are salvaging the scraps we never see to make products that people will want to eat.
As the use of social media to spread misinformation soars, it’s time for companies such as Facebook and Twitter to redesign their platforms, says Professor Philip Howard, head of the Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
Cyber-physical systems that blend the digital and real worlds are driving the development of smart factories, transport networks, electricity grids and even cities. The opportunities and risks presented by this expanding Internet of Things and big-data environment are being explored in-depth by EU-funded researchers.
A robot that reminds older people where they have put things and helps them exercise has been used by residents in three retirement homes in a trial to combat cognitive decline in later age.
The objective of the workshop organised by DG RTD in cooperation with JRC, DG AGRI and DG REGIO is to showcase and discuss five interregional partnerships participating in the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.
Horizon 2020’s InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative, which is run by the European Investment Bank (EIB), has invested in the French electronics company Archos and its work on the Internet of Things. An EU-backed loan will enable Archos to deploy new tools to help connected objects function more efficiently.
A fashion collection made from the remains of grapes from the wine industry and plastic made from chicken feathers are two new twists on the practice of making new products from waste, and a growing demand for sustainability from consumers mean there could be a ready market for this type of innovation.
An EU initiative will deploy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in three European capitals as taxis, private-hire and police cars. The move will accelerate their commercialisation and help realise emissions-free transport.
Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, ‘desperately’ need an institutional framework and system of values to help regulate the industry, an ethics expert has told leading scientists and policymakers.