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I currently work on the COMP4DRONES and ADACORSA projects, both funded by ECSEL-JU. Their focus is R&D in technology and architectures for commercial drone operations. At the same time, I work on the Interpeer Project, funded by the European Commissions' Next Generation Internet Initiative, which intends to provide technical underpinnings aka infrastructure for a future, people centric Internet. The overlap in both is reliable and secure communications.
June 2022 - present
- Interpeer gUG performs R&D into human centric, next generation internet technologies.
The operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) currently sees limitations in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions. Outside of military operations, regulations and technology for safe operations are still being developed. To ensure alignment with regulatory demands in such scenarios, the complete UAS must be designed to meet the required s...
The Interpeer Project’s mission is to enable a people centric next generation internet. Computers have become ubiquitous. However, the most popular protocol connecting users to remote machines, HTTP, follows an obsolete philosophy: that a third party machine owns user data, and users may be permitted access it; that a third party machine manages many user’s data, but users connect to it at any time via a single device only; that the best way for users to share data between them is for a third party machine to arbitrate this process; that sharing data between multiple devices of a user is also arbitrated by a third party machine; that sharing always means the data traverses the third party machine; etc. Take printing as an example. The state of the art requires a user’s device to beg a third party machine to allow them to download a document they technically own and then to upload it to another machine that prints it, potentially passing through one or more other machines along the way. What if instead users could simply instruct a printer to fetch the document on their behalf? We need an Internet that reflects modern usage patterns. People own their data. People use many devices simultaneously. People share data between devices and each other. Cryptography allows users to securely delegate trust to any number of devices, even those they don’t know directly. Peer-to-peer networking technology enables trust delegated machines to share data directly and efficiently. While there are may P2P technologies available, almost none of them focus on efficiency. Our goal is to provide a secure and efficient peer-to-peer networking stack that will empower a people centric internet, circumventing the protocols of the past. The future is fully distributed. https://interpeer.io
Airborne data collection on resilient system architectures ADACORSA targets to strengthen the European drone industry and increase public and regulatory acceptance of BVLOS (beyond visual line-of-sight) drones, by demonstrating technologies for safe, reliable and secure drone operation in all situations and flight phases. The project will drive research and development of components and systems for sensing, telecommunication and data processing along the electronics value-chain. Additionally, drone lead smart industries with high visibility and place for improvement will be developed which will pave the way for a higher public / industry acceptance of the drone technologies. In particular, ADACORSA will deliver: On the component level, functionally redundant and fail-operational radar and LiDAR sensors as well as 3D cameras. In order to reduce risk, time and costs, the project aims to adapt technologies from the automotive sector to the drone market for these components. On the system level, hardware and software for reliable sensor fusion and data analytics as well as technologies for secure and reliable drone communication using multipath TCP and registration and identification by developing platforms based on eUICCs/eSIM. On an architecture level, fail-operational drone control and investigation a pre-operational Flight Information Management System (FIMS) the integration with CoTS components for Unmanned Air Vehicle Traffic Management System (UTM). Within the project, 35 physical as well as virtual demonstrators of BLVOS, long-range drone flight shall pave the way toward certifiable systems for future integration of drone operations. ADACORSA's innovations will leverage the expertise of a very strong consortium, comprising world renowned industrial (OEMs, Tier-1, Tier-2 and technology providers) and research partners along the complete aviation, semiconductor and also automotive value chains, providing Europe with a competitive edge in a growing drone and drone technologies market. https://adacorsa.eu
Drones can perform air operations that manned aircraft struggle with, and their use brings significant economic savings and environmental benefits whilst reducing the risk to human life. Drone-based service and product innovation, driven by increased levels of connectivity and automation, is limited by the growing dependence on poorly interoperable, proprietary technologies, and the risks posed to people, to other vehicles and to property. This issue has a high impact on European innovation, which demands R&D investments and incentives for the convergence of shared technologies and markets as a remedy. Actions creating globally harmonized, commercially exploitable yet widely accessible R&D ecosystems should be publicly performed. Complementing existing European efforts, COMP4DRONES is an ECSEL JU project coordinated by Indra that brings together a consortium of 50 partners with the aim of providing a framework of key enabling technologies for safe and autonomous drones. In particular, COMP4DRONES will leverage composability and modularity for customizable and trusted autonomous drones for civilian services. The project takes into account recent regulation developments in this area from EASA. The project will also consider the SESAR-JU studies concerning civilian drones, and will adhere to the U-space approach and protocols when available. COMP4DRONES will carry a holistically designed ecosystem ranging from electronic components to application, realised as a tightly integrated, multi-vendor and compositional drone architecture, complemented by a tool chain addressing the compositional architecture principles. The ecosystem aims at: supporting efficient customization and incremental assurance of drone embedded platforms safe autonomous decision-making concerning individual or cooperative missions, trustworthy drone-to-drone and drone-to-ground communications, even in presence of malicious attackers and under the intrinsic platform constraints, and agile and cost-effective compositional design and assurance of drone modules and systems. COMP4DRONES will also build an open, sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and goal-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new drone functionalities for multiple application domains, driving ecosystem development and benchmarking on the fields of transport, inspection, logistic, precision agriculture, parcel delivery. https://www.comp4drones.eu/