On October 11-13, the FrontSeat project Consortium Meeting took place at the University of Pisa, Italy. The University of Pisa, with its rich history and academic excellence, served as an inspiring backdrop for the event, offering an environment that encouraged intellectual exchange and forward-thinking discussions.

Consortium meeting marking the end of the first year of the project.

During the Consortium Meeting, the participants from the partner universities gathered to discuss the progress of the FrontSeat project and collaborate on its research and development initiatives. The meeting provided a platform for in-depth discussions on project milestones, research findings, and future objectives. The Consortium Meeting at the University of Pisa not only facilitated knowledge exchange but also strengthened the collaborative bonds among the project’s partners.

On the 11th of October, before the official start of the consortium meeting the hands-on training on financial monitoring and reporting, F&T portal for continuous monitoring, and planning for the mid-term report was conducted by UNIPI staff of Research Development Unit Carla Papa, Francesca Ceron to STUBA project manager Viltaré Platzner.

The 12th of October started with a warm welcome from Prof. Gabriele Pannochia, President of the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa, and Prof. Miroslav Fikar, head of the Institute of Information Engineering, Automation, and Mathematics at the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology STU in Bratislava.

During the first day Work Package 1 and 2 were discussed. Achievements and future plans for each task were presented. After a short break Prof. Alberto Bemporad and Prof. Mario Villanueva, from IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, gave 2 guest lectures.

Prof. Alberto Bemporad delivered a lecture on “Learning-based Methods for Model Predictive Control“.

Prof. Maio Villanueva gave a talk on “Set-Based Computing in Robust Control: A Polytopic Approach“. Read more about the scientific seminar here.

In the afternoon, an industrial research center Consorzio Polo Tecnologico Magona (CPTM) was visited. Consortium partners were engaged in detailed discussions on technological and knowledge transfer from academia to industry.

The second day continued with an inspiring presentation by Chiara Galletti – Delegate for industrial relations of the University of Pisa. She presented the strategy and actions for strengthening the university and industry cooperation. After that Work Packages 3,4 and 5 were presented. Finally, the meeting was closed with the meeting of the General Assembly.

Over the course of these three days, the attendees engaged in fruitful discussions and presentations. They also had the opportunity to visit laboratories and facilities at the University of Pisa, further enhancing their understanding of the project’s research environment. These gatherings play a vital role in advancing the project’s goals and promoting innovation in the field.

The whole consortium would like to thank the UNIPI team, and especially Gabriele Pannocchia, Marco Vaccari, and Riccardo Bacci di Capaci for the warm welcome and the excellent organization of the meeting.

This meeting marked the end of the first year of the project. We are happy to see that the activities are running smoothly and on time. One year done – two more to go!

Read about the FrontSeat Kick-off Project Meeting at STUBA.

text/foto: Viltarė Platzner, STUBA

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon under grant no. 101079342 (Fostering Opportunities Towards Slovak Excellence in Advanced Control for Smart Industries).


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