Understanding the importance of continuous progress, Arctur has its own R&D department, registered with the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS). Arctur is involved in joint R&D projects with research institutes, universities and other R&D organizations from EU and globally.
Main topics of our R&D activities of course pertain to advanced HPC and Cloud computing and underlying XaaS paradigm; our work represents horizontal layer for a wide variety of vertical scientific and technological fields. We were pioneers in adapting HPC services to the needs of small and media enterprises (SME) and are still among trend setters in this specific area.
Major R&D areas include: • High Performance Computing • Big Data analysis • Cloud solutions and services • Artificial Intelligence • Machine Learning • Blockchain • Tourism 4.0
Buliding Tourism for the Future with Tourism 4.0 Partnership
European tourism sector is mainly built of small and medium players. However, it is large technology players that take a large proportion of the cake – whether it be profit or data – which leaves tourism providers and local governments in subordinate position with regard to technological innovation, digital business models and tourist privacy. Arctur aims to bring change through the Tourism 4.0 (T4.0) initiative by giving SMEs access to technologies such as High Performance Computing (HPC) to empower them and their innovation capacities. Therefore, the Tourism 4.0 Partnership was established to accelerate the data driven tourism in collaboration with all stakeholders of the smart tourism ecosystem. It strives to unlock the innovation potential in the tourism sector by using state-of-the-art technology to tackle the challenges of overtourism, boost positive tourism impact and to achieve more personalised tourist experience.
Furthermore, we perceive the tourism ecosystem in a novel way by centring it around the local community even though the tourist providers, tourists and the government are clearly important stakeholders. This way sustainability of tourism activities can be attained bottom up by fostering more intense collaboration among all stakeholders in the tourism ecosystem, who are and always will be co-creating the tourist experience. For this reason, the base for the tools of the T4.0 platform that we are developing within the largest state-funded research project on tourism in Slovenia is the Tourism Impact Model. Following the local community centred approach, the model is dedicated to municipalities and cities to help them understand their limits in terms of the destinations’ carrying capacity, level of collaboration as well as to strategically act in order to create destinations that people want to visit and also live in.
In addition, other disruptive tools are being developed to support so called strategic thinking 4.0 focused on enhancing sustainable tourism that are enabling predictions, management of tourist flows, awarding behaviour with positive impact and creating anonymised personalised experiences too. Within Tourism 4.0, a special attention is also given to the field of cultural heritage programme where we see several opportunities for sustainable and enriched tourist experiences. For this, advanced technologies (360° photo and video, Augmented Reality, 3D scanning, modelling and printing, simulated reconstruction …), hybrid skills of digital business model development, and strategic planning of digital transformation are used. The programme has received a Silver prize for innovations by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
EUROCC 2 (Digital Europe): will continue the establishment of a network of National Centres of Competence (NCC) in the most efficient way while continuing to address the differences in the maturity of HPC deployment in Europe. The main task of the overall activity is to support national centres in setting up their individual operational framework, while accessing and making the most of the experience and expertise currently available at national and European level.
EXCELLERAT 2(Horizon Europe) will build on the achievements of successful EXCELLERAT project and continue the Centre of Excellence, which will span the whole domain of engineering – ensuring that innovations produced are applicable to other engineering challenges, that co-design is handled properly, that success stories are created and distributed and will support best the European HPC strategy. The developments done in EXCELLERAT 2 will increase the European competitiveness in HPC-applications, hardware design and HPC service provisioning to an exascale level.
Digital Emergency Response for Slovenia: DIGI-SI (Digital Europe) will foster the digital transformation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, scale-ups and Public Administration in four strategic priority areas identified in the forthcoming Slovenian smart specialisation strategy (S5): Agrifood, Health, Tourism and Manufacturing. The modus operandi of DIGI-SI is to offer services and facilitate client journey throughout the circular value chain of defined S5 priority areas.
CulturalDeTour (Creative Europe): focuses on boosting innovation, sustainability and business creation through a design-driven process used to facilitate collaboration and entrepreneurship in the cultural tourism sector.
Blockchain for Agri-food Educators (Erasmus+) will improve the incidence and quality of agrifood higher educators’ provision of education and support in blockchain technologies spanning theories, methods, processes, and teaching concepts. Importantly, our training must not be solely technical: it must address the attitudinal, knowledge and skills barriers that the agrifood sector faces. Current sources of information onthe blockchain are either highly generic or highly technical; this represents the first time that HE agrifood educators can acchigh-qualitylity information regarding the application of blockchain specifically for agri-foodfood sector.
5Dculture (Digital Europe) directly contributes towards the overall objective of the DS to “support the digital transformation of Europe’s cultural sector, and foster the creation and reuse of content in cultural and creative sectors”, by enabling the cultural sector to better work with 3D content and data (i.e. by providing a set of tools and services for 3D, establishing a community of practice and carrying out targeted capacity building activities with the target communities of professionals) and by demonstrating 8 different use-cases of 3D content reuse from different domains (i.e. fashion, archeology, architecture) by several sectors (e.g. museums, tourism, education). Through the capacity building strang of the project (WP6), 5Dculture will be collaborating with all major existing and relevant European national and regional initiatives and platforms that deal with 3D content and data.
The main objective of DATES (Digital Europe) is to explore approaches and options for the deployment of a secure and trusted tourism data space, ensuring transparent control of data access, use and re-use. The project will therefore focus on the development of governance and business models, while providing a shared roadmap that will ensure the coordination of the tourism ecosystem stakeholders and the connection between data ecosystems at EU level and interconnected data spaces in other sectors. The activity will promote the vision of a prosperous tourism data space and recommend clear strategies on how to inspire and motivate all key tourism stakeholders to collaboratively build a powerful interconnected tourism data space.
Mountaineering 4.0 project brings innovative technologies to the Alpine environment. The Alpine Association of Slovenia, CIPRA Slovenia and Alpine Club Tržič are setting up a footfall monitoring system for the visit of hiking trails. The system will collect real-time data on visits to popular locations to enable a better understanding of the visits in the Alpine area and to support the sustainable rerouting of Alpine flows. Arctur and partners will set up the system of 30 footfall sensors on five popular destinations. The collected data will show for the first time the actual visit to the Slovenian mountains. The data on the hiking trails visit will be included in the maPZS application.
Space Data for Tourism Impact Model - SD4TIM (European Space Agency) is the stepping project in ESA for Arctur. The overall objective is to build a knowledge base for bringing Satellite Earth Observation (EO) data into strategic planning. The technical objective of the project is to develop the Air Quality Indices, quantify changes in air pollution to provide aggregate estimates in Europe using EO data and integrate it into Tourism 4.0`s award-winning innovation Tourism Impact Model. We want to efficiently address the question of sustainable tourism with coherent, accurate data, the project aims to simplify the TIM user’s experience and will – for the selected TIM indicators, automatize the data collection process.
TOURBIT project (COSME) aims to foster skills and capacity and boost the uptake of digitalisation of European tourism SMEs, making them more resilient and competitive and so contribute to a faster digital transformation of the European tourism sector.
AgriNext (ERASMUS-LS): the aim of the AgriNext project is to create a learning environment that responds to the skill demand on the job market in the field of Multifunctional Agriculture. AgriNext project addresses and analyses the flexibility of VET and the establishment of a pilot incubator of skills that will enable learners to acquire vocational skills in the fields of multifunctional agriculture and key competencies with an innovative learner-centered holistic approach.
QUSTom (HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDEROPEN-01): the aim of this project is to bring equivalent transformative benefits from geophysics to medical imaging, in particular enabling 3D full-waveform inversion for ultrasound computer tomography breast imaging with the help of high-performance computing. Additionally, the efficacy of uncertainty imaging, leading to commensurate transformative benefits right across the field of medical imaging will be demonstrated.
CLASSICA (HORIZON-RIA): this project clinically validates the use of AI-driven imaging and decision support in real-time cancer surgery, building on breakthrough research in the AI analysis of fluorescence and perfusion in cancer tissues.
AI4DEF (EDIDP-AI-2020): aims to demonstrate the benefits of AI in military functional areas, such as situation awareness, decision-making and planning optimization. To illustrate the transversal and scalable approach of AI4DEF as a cloud service platform, it will be implemented in multiple domains such as UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) missions with means-of-effect optimisation, enhanced Joint ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) analysis, tactical situation awareness and decision-making.
The INSITES (Erasmus+ Programme): project explores the dual purpose of technology to digitally preserve and safeguard Europe’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage gems and future-proof the sector by making it more attractive to young people (digital natives) who are the future consumers/custodians of Europe’s cultural heritage. Arctur takes a co-ownership of the Immersive Cultural Heritage Experience, which is a multilingual cultural heritage tourism training pack that upskills learners in the powerful potential of digital technology to rejuvenate, preserve and grow cultural heritage tourism in Europe.
WEAVE – Widen European Access to cultural communities Via Europeana (2020-EU-IA-0105): This project is a Europeana Generic Services project. It is also co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Union. Arctur is a partner of the WEAVE project and will develop a unique 3D Weave Asset Manager tool and will also supply 50 3D heritage content. The project aims to develop a framework to link the tangible and intangible heritage of cultural communities, safeguarding the rich and invaluable cultural heritage which they represent. It will contribute to preserving for future generations the richness of the European identity and its cultural plurality. In particular, the project will aggregate over 5,200 new high-quality records to Europeana.
DigNest (Erasmus+, Capacity Building in Higher Education): project is focused on supporting the modernization of HEIs in Montenegro by enhancing their cooperation with wider businesses to maximize the benefits from digital technologies in priority areas of agriculture and health while ensuring that students, graduates, future experts, and the workforce are adapting to the digital area. The duration of the project is 36 months, from January 2021 to January 2024.
EuroCC(H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2019-2) project will enable establishing a single National Competence Centre (NCC) in the area of high-performance computing (HPC) in 33 respective European countries. The project aims to elevate the participating countries to a common high level in the fields of HPC, HPDA and artificial intelligence (AI). Ultimately, the goal is to make HPC available to different users from science, industry, public administration, and society.
FF4EuroHPC(H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2019-2) is the third edition of successful Fortissimo projects. The project aim is to reach and support Europe’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by providing High-Performance Computers and expert help for the development or improvement of their products. SMEs will be able to solve business challenges and develop innovative business opportunities. The outcomes will be presented as success stories to inspire the community on how to better products and services to improve competitiveness in the global marketplace.
FoodE (H2020, SFS-2019-1) aims to accelerate the growth of sustainable and resilient City/Region Food Systems (CRFS) by bringing together citizen-led local food initiatives across Europe. Objective of FoodE project is co-developing and disseminating a range of tools - co-designed with academia, citizens, and food system startups - to ensure that the most up-to-date cross-sectorial knowledge is applied.
Tourism 4.0 for the Black Sea(EMFF-BlueEconomy-2018): will boost sectoral cooperation and allow greater usage of the Industry 4.0 technologies in tourism. To achieve this, partners will raise awareness of the data driven tourism benefits with three cycles of workshops in Ukraine, Romania, and Georgia as well as pilot Tourism 4.0 tools there to demonstrate the potential of Data Analytics for sustainable tourism development in the region.
Amazing AoE (Interreg Danube Transnational Programme) aims to enhance sustainable economic growth and tourism development based on distinctive natural and cultural heritage, which will result in collaboration network of key actors and enabling environment for high-quality tourism, responding to limited resources of ecosystems. Amazing AoE will bring sustainable development opportunities for managing diversity of natural and cultural heritage and resources in AoE from local to transnational level, while enabling unique experiences for international visitors.
ISE-EMH (Interreg ITA-SLO): the aim of the project is to develop an ICT system in the field of EMH (Electronic and Mobile Health) in order to provide innovative services, applications and products. As part of the intelligent ecosystem of EMH, a platform will be developed that will enable the efficient connection of various stakeholders and easier launch of health ICT applications.
DIVA (Interreg ITA-SLO): connects and integrates the cultural and creative sectors with the economy. Thanks to the creation of an innovative eco-system and the use of Smart technologies, DIVA strengthens the competitiveness of companies on international markets and improves services for society and the interregional economy.
The main objective of the ADSEE (Erasmus+) project is to deliver useful educational and training programs in data science through the following: the development of educational modules; the adaption of contents and methods according to the envisioned needs of target groups; the creation of interactive didactic tools and the production of guidelines and recommendations for the innovative educational approaches in DS. Arctur will help to develop the training materials on the AI and data science area.
EXCELLERAT (H2020, INFRAEDI-2018-1): is a European Centre of Excellence for Engineering Applications. The CoE is an initiative of several European HPC Centres, teamed up to support key engineering industries in Europe in dealing with complex applications using HPC technologies. We conduct research, provide leadership, guidance on good practice, user support mechanisms as well as training and networking activities to our community.
SME/HPC (Erasmus+, Knowledge Alliances): this project takes a pioneering step towards improving the awareness about the innovative potential of HPC by SMEs by co-designing tailor-made courses delivering a coherent set of competences required for the application of HPC in SME and micro-enterprise contexts. Duration of the project is 36 months, from November 2017 to October 2020.
SESAME Net (H2020, EINFRA-6-2014): the aim of the project is to create an open and inclusive European network of Competence Centres and Organizations joining forces in order to raise SMEs’ awareness on HPC and to demonstrate its features and benefits.
Fortissimo2 (H2020, FoF-9-2015): the principal objective of the project is to drive the uptake of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics services by European engineering and manufacturing SMEs, hence delivering for the companies: improved design processes, better products and services, and improved competitiveness.
NEXTGenIO (H2020, FETHPC≠2014): the project explores the use of non-volatile memory technologies and associated systemware developments through a co-design process with three end-user partners: a high-end academic HPC service provider, a global numerical weather centre and a commercial on-demand HPC service provider.
CAxMan (H2020, FoF-8-2015): the objectives of Computer Aided Technologies for Additive Manufacturing (CAxMan) are to establish Cloud based Toolboxes, Workflows and a One Stop-Shop for CAx-technologies supporting the design, simulation and process planning for Additive Manufacturing.
IoStack (H2020-ICT-2014-1): the main objective of the project is to create a Software Defined Storage toolkit for Big Data on top of the OpenStack platform.
Fortissimo (FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF): Fortissimo is a collaborative project that aims to enable European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a CloudHPC infrastructure.
CloudFlow (FP7, FoF-ICT-2013.7.1): CF enabled the remote use of computational services distributed on the cloud, seamlessly integrating these within established engineering design workflows and standards.
Civic Epistemologies (FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2013-2): Civic Epistemologies developed and validated a Roadmap for e-Infrastructures development to support the participation of Europe’s citizens in scientific research, focusing on Digital Cultural Heritage and digital Humanities.
ICON(Italy-Slovenia Crossborder program): the network of ICT enterprises from Slovenia and Italy was created and later a Digital Innovation Hub HPC5 was founded
NU.SIM.O(National Research & Infrastructures Scheme, 2009 - 2011): Project included development of market-oriented application for numeric simulations in composite materials industry, including setting up of a HPC infrastructure.
Sm@rt Cloud machine monitoring system Sm@rt Cloud machine monitoring system je skupni razvojni projekt podjetij GOSTOL TST, ARCTUR in OMP, ki razvija edinstveno rešitev v računalniškem oblaku s katero bodo mikrokovaški stroji podjetja Gostol TST nadgrajeni v pametne stroje, v skladu s principi Industrije 4.0. Cilj projekta je razvoj monitoring sistema, ki bo z integracijo z mikrokovaškim strojem in s pomočjo posebnih senzorjev le-temu omogočil delovati kot pametni mikrokovaški stroj. Sistem bo preko posebnih tipal zajemal informacije o delovanju in stanju elementov mikrokovaškega stroja ter podatke pošiljal v aplikacijo v oblaku, ki bo te podatke analizairala ter ocenjevala preostalo življensko dobo.
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HPC4SME - Napredna superračunalniška platforma za mala in srednja podjetja Arctur bo v sklopu projekta razvil napredni uporabniški vmesnik za dostop in uporabo superračunalniških (HPC) kapacitet namenjen predvsem inženirskim uporabnikom v malih in srednjih podjetjih (MSP). Nov vmesnik bo zaobjemal najnaprednejše pristope za prodajo, upravljanje, prilagajanje in razširitev naprednih enovitih (ang. Hiperkonveriranih) računalniških kapacitet uporabnikom, predvsem inženirskim malim ter srednjim podjetjem. Namen projekta je razviti inovativen, napreden, varen in intuitiven vmesnik preko katerega bodo končnim inženirskim uporabnikom na voljo HPC kapacitete po storitvenem modelu Software as a Service (SaaS). To pomeni, da ima uporabnik na voljo pred-pripravljena vsa orodja in kapacitete za nemoteno delo in uporabo HPC infrastrukture. Ta orodja zajemajo tako optimalno konfigurirano strojno opremo kot tudi že prilagojene in konfigurirane programske rešitve, skupaj z jasnim pregledom zakupljenih in porabljenih zmogljivosti.
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TURIZEM 4.0 - obogaten turistična izkušnja (TRL 3-6) Cilj projekta Turizem 4.0 TRL 3-6, ki je v skladu s strategijo Industrije 4.0, je preoblikovati današnjo turistično industrijo v vrednostno gospodarstvo (angl. value-based economy) z inovacijami, znanjem, tehnologijo in ustvarjalnostjo. Projekt je osredotočen na uporabnika (Turista+), ki bo s svojim znanjem, pričakovanji in izkušnjami pomagal so-ustvarjati nove storitve in izdelke v turističnem sektorju z namenom nenehnega izboljševanja kakovosti doživetij. Objective of project Tourism 4.0 TRL 3-6, which is in line with the Industry 4.0 strategy, aims to transform the today tourist industry into a value-based economy through innovation, knowledge, technology and creativity. Focus of the project is on user(s) (Tourist+), who will contribute their knowledge, expectations and experiences to build the new services and products in tourism sector in order to rise up the quality of experience.
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DEMO PILOT TURIZEM 4.0 (TRL 7-9) Cilj projekta je razvoj celovitega poslovno inovativnega okolja Turizem 4.0, ki bo turističnemu gospodarstvu omogočil nadgradnjo interakcije med gostom in ponudniki turističnih storitev ter ponudil nove produkte T4.0, ki temeljijo na željah in pričakovanjih gosta. Gre za edinstveno rešitev s podporo omogočitvenih tehnologij Industrije 4.0 na področju trajnostnega turizma v svetu. The objective of the project Demo Pilot Turizem 4.0 aims to develop a comprehensive and innovative business environment that will help the business economy to upgrade the interaction between guests and tourism providers. This type of environment will enable the creation of new T4.0 products based on guest’s wishes and expectations. It is a unique solution in the field of sustainable tourism with the support of enabling technologies of Industry 4.0.
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eGOZD – Elektronsko poslovanje kmetijskih gospodarstev z izrazito gozdarsko dejavnostjo Projekt stremi k uvajanju elektronskega poslovanja na izbranih kmetijskih gospodarstvih v slovenskem prostoru. V Sloveniji delujejo vsi členi gozdno-lesne verige, vendar je učinkovitost povezav ter optimalnost delovanja nujno izboljšati. Neizkoriščene priložnosti vidimo predvsem v povezovanju znotraj posameznih členov in predvsem med členi verige. Projekt bo ponudil nove in poenostavljene možnosti načrtovanja, spremljanja in izvedbe del ter tako prispeval k učinkovitejšem gospodarjenju z gozdovi v lasti kmetijskih gospodarstev.
Glavni namen projekta je dvig stopnje digitalizacije na področju učinkovitega in ekonomsko vzdržnega gospodarjenja z gozdovi in tako neposredno vplivati na dvig produktivnosti in dodane vrednosti v celotni gozdno-lesni proizvodni verigi.
Glavni cilj projekta je digitalizacija in razbremenitev birokratskih bremen kmetijskih gospodarstev z namenom optimizacije gozdno-lesnih verig ter intenziviranja gospodarjenja z zasebnimi gozdovi.
Arctur v procesu digitalizacije poslovnih procesov gozdno-lesne verige sodeluje kot tehnološki partner.
"Projekt je financiran v sklopu ukrepa M16 Sodelovanje, podukrep 16.2 Podpora za pilotne projekte ter za razvoj novih proizvodov, praks, procesov in tehnologij na področju gozdarstva."
Arctur is involved in various research and development projects, both in national and international context, and is cooperating with a number of prominent researchers and research organizations from Slovenia and other EU countries. Our partners are universities, research institutions, R&D oriented industry organizations, and NGOs.
We are happy to announce that also the second phase of the Excellerat project has been funded, thus partners continue their mission, which is, bringing together European expertise and services to support engineering applications towards exascale.... read more