Ubiquitous Integration and time Synchronization (UbiITS) framework  – EPSRC Funded
UbiITS framework offers a generic solution to address the technical complexities in building data capture and interactive systems. Its abstract software framework is highly extensible and customisable to any application requirements. UbiITS includes fundamental software components, deployment techniques, system level layer abstractions and reference architecture as a collection to enable systematic construction of simple to highly complex data-driven infrastructures. Technically, UbiITS is a toolkit for building real-time cyber-physical systems, linking physical-space where the interactions occur to the cyber-space where the computations are performed. UbiITS is maintained in C, C++, C# language versions. Read more

Human in the Loop Knowledge Capture for Flow Forming smart shop floor (HilCaff) – EPSRC/Connected Everything Funded
The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has secured substantial capital funding to establish ‘FutureForge’, a high integrity hot forging research environment aimed at establishing and demonstrating a digital future for hot forging. HilCaff is a showcase system demonstrating the industry 4.0 standards within a human integrated shop-floor. It captures the human interactions with the process control, and tacit time varying parameter setting policies used by expert humans, with a view to feeding and training the AI counterparts. Read more

Virtual Aided Design Engineering Review (VADER) – EPSRC/IMRC Funded
Salient but important aspects of decision-making and changes made are difficult to document explicitly. VADER provides a virtual reality based primary interface and multiple distributed web interfaces. It captures multi-modal data articulated in the review meeting such as CAD model interaction, text annotations, screenshots, speech, audio and video. Multi-dimensional data captured contains both structured and unstructured information. Research into techniques to search and retrieve data efficiently were developed – indexing methods including time-line, part number, and keywords were implemented. VADER has been tested and deployed for the project partners: Rolls-Royce, Skanska Leonardo and BAE Systems for their internal design review and knowledge capture purposes. Read more

Activity Tracking and Body Area Networks (AT-BAN) – CITB Funded
AT-BAN system was developed to track physiological activities through various sensors and devices, networked around the human body. It allows adopting “any-type” of sensor into an operational real-time system, providing a largely expandable network of sensors and devices. A novel multi-layered fuzzy based approach is developed to analyse and classify quantitative multidimensional data captured using the system. AT-BAN was employed to profile human activities from performance, training and health and safety perspectives and piloted within various trades including construction, manual handling, sports and surgical practices. AT-BAN has been piloted by Scottish Water (for manual valve operations), NHS Coventry (for orthopaedics surgical practices), City of Glasgow College and Edinburgh College (for Construction skills training). Read more