The FIRST project is broken up into 5 scientific working packages, a dissemination working package and a management working package. These packages are managed to help with overall project management and to structure the work. While the work is organized into working packages it is well-understood that the working packages are not independent and performing them in isolation will not generate the desired results.


Working packages

Working package 1 (BU) - Foundations & requirements

Working package 1 (Foundations & requirements) is focused on the identification of existing approaches and technologies as well as establishing the requirements for the project solutions. As such this working package will form the basis of the other scientific working packages (2 to 5). The work in this working package is split into 3 deliverables:

  1. Deliverable 1.1 provides an overview of manufacturing asset and service classifications and ontologies as well as the requirements for these. This deliverable primarily informs both working package 2 and working package 3.
  2. Deliverable 1.2 provides an overview of existing approaches to business process verification and the specific requirements for verification of manufacturing processes. It primarily informs
  3. Deliverable 1.3 provides an overview of existing interoperability technology and approaches and creates the requirements for an interoperability framework in the manufacturing context.

To reflect the foundational nature of the deliverables in these working packages, the deliverables will be updated at the end of the project to reflect the gained understanding developed throughout the performance of the other working packages.

Working package 2 (RUG) - Manufacturing Asset/Service description languages

Any process, including manufacturing processes, is built up of components. For the purposes of discovery, composition, verification and interoperability it is important that these components have a suitable description. This description must not only be accessible to the humans that manage and design the processes, but also to the computer systems that support this. The description language(s) created in this working package will support both purposes and form a foundation for working packages 3, 4 and 5.

After the initial delivery of the language it will be updated to reflect the additional insights gained through work done in working packages 3, 4 and 5.

Working package 3 (Sapienza) - Manufacturing Asset/Service Discovery and Composition Methods

When managing production processes, especially when they involve external resources, the discovery and composition of available resources is key. This working package provides algorithms that allow this to be performed semi-automatically where human operators can work in familiar ways, selecting appropriate components for correct processes based on nothing more than free-text searches.

Working package 4 (BU) - On-the-fly Service Oriented Process verification

In manufacturing incorrect processes can be very costly. This can range from wastage of product to damage to machines and production facilities. Verification of processes before execution is very important in to prevent this. Especially when aiming to reduce the requirements on the staff that designs/modifies the manufacturing processes. To improve the experience this verification will (where possible) be performed on-the-fly while the process designer is designing or modifying the process.

Working package 5 (RUG) - Interoperability framework

When manufacturing assets and services are provided by a variety of vendors, or even operated by different companies this requires that they are made to interoperate. The interoperation is essential for the efficient execution of the manufacturing process. This working package will design an interoperability framework to support the efficient integration of these various services, including the support of service/asset evolution (new versions).

Working package 6 (UniMore) - Dissemination and Training

Besides research results of the project will disseminated through top-tier academic journals and conferences, we also ensure that the results will be transferred to broadest possible audience in the public world. It will also feed in to curricula development for training. Moreover, this WP will manage the dissemination of results, both to the media and to the scientific community. This WP will be responsible for the visibility of the consortium to the general public, the communication strategy and will also ensure that all partners will be fully included in the dissemination of the findings. This working package will be responsible for the planning and execution of conferences and other scientific meetings; and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

Working package 7 (BU) - Management and Coordination

Created by Admin on 2018/08/08 13:53
Copyright 2017-2018, FIRST Consortium - This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734599