Il Mondo Maggioli
Being an innovative company means continuously increasing investments in Research and Development (R&D) in order to maintain technological skills at the highest levels in the national and international context. It is thanks to these activities that we have given shape to an area of excellence by developing cutting-edge ICT technologies
The business model of the R&D team is based on the self-financing model, therefore a large part of our research activity is based on projects funded by the European Commission through programs such as Horizon 2020, FP7, Connecting Europe Facility and AAL.
In this context we have collaborated closely with hundreds of European companies, universities and public administrations, deepening challenging and heterogeneous application domains such as industry 4.0, e-health, cyber/physical security, augmented reality and others.
In all projects, our role is always linked to activities that involve the use of innovative ICT technologies. Collaboration with some partners has been particularly productive and a common research environment has been created consolidated in various projects.
We are currently actively involved in 18 projects of the Horizon 2020 program.
The R&D department is very important for young people. Among those who participate in the team's activities, many are under 35 and we always try to invite undergraduates and post-graduates to participate in our projects, to apply them concretely on challenging projects in the field of IT technologies and architectures. These experiences contribute to increasing personal skills, at the same time giving the possibility to elaborate research theses or scientific papers.
The initiatives we collaborate with are oriented to specific areas such as Artificial Intelligence, such as Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Data Analysis & Predictive, as well as spanning other application domains.
The projects and collaborations range, in any case, on different levels ranging from the regional experience to the European context. With funding from the Puglia Region, the Eolo project is being implemented, a highly innovative cloud services platform to manage the activities of professionals, freelancers and small professional firms; the purpose of the platform is to support users in their daily activities with tools related to their profession and with the joint help of editorial content relevant to their business.
Maggioli R&D department consist of three main branches:
With a total amount of more than 50 employees, the R&D department has seen a rise in the number of collaborators in the last few years thanks to the beginning and development of various important research projects with prestigious international partners, with whom we are studying cutting-edge ICT solutions and new ways to employ the most advanced technologies.
PolicyCLOUD delivers a unique integrated environment addressing the full lifecycle of policy management: modelling, monitoring, enforcing, simulation, analysis and compliance. The environment will utilize the capabilities offered by the European Cloud Initiative, with an emphasis on data analysis to facilitate evidence-based policy making. The co-creation of multi-modal policies will follow an innovative modelling process for structural representation of schema-based policies.
PolicyCLOUD environment will integrate a set of reusable models and tools, ranging from social dynamics and behaviour analysis, to situational knowledge acquisition, opinion mining and sentiment analysis, complemented with tools for data aggregation, linking and cleaning. Citizen participation will be ensured exploiting techniques for incentives management and a Living Lab approach put forward by the project. A toolkit which allows the specification of transferable and re-usable analytics tasks in a declarative way, their integration in the policies management path, as well as an adaptive visualization environment, will realize PolicyCLOUD’s vision of openness and extensibility.
INCISIVE aims to address three major open challenges in order to explore the full potential of AI solutions in cancer imaging: (1) AI challenges unique to medical imaging, (2) Image labelling and annotation and (3) Data availability and sharing. In order to do that INCISIVE will develop and validate: (1) an AI-based toolbox that enhances the accuracy, specificity, sensitivity, interpretability and cost-effectiveness of existing cancer imaging methods, (2) an automated-ML based annotation mechanism to rapidly produce training data for machine learning research and (3) a pan-European repository federated repository of medical images, that will enable the secure donation and sharing of data in compliance with ethical, legal and privacy demands, increasing accessibility to datasets and enabling experimentation of AI-based solutions.
The INCISIVE models and analytics will utilize various cancer imaging scans, biological data and EHRs, and will be trained with 1 PB of available data provided by 8 partners within the project. INCISIVE solution will be investigated in three validation studies for Lung, Breast, Prostate and Colorectal Cancer, taking place in 8 sites, from 5 countries (Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Serbia), with participation of at least 2,600 patients and a total duration of 1,5 year. INCISIVE moves beyond the state of the art, by improving sensitivity and specificity of lower cost scanning methods, accurately predicting the tumor spread, evolution and relapse, enhancing interpretability of results and “democratizing” imaging data.
The burden of cancer is rising globally and is estimated to have reached 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018. Despite the rising cancer incidence, improvements in early detection and therapeutic treatment have improved cancer survival. As a consequence, the number of cancer survivors is increasing globally, creating the need to improve not only treatment but also wellness and follow‐up care. Cancer treatment often involves combined modalities such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. In the past decades, more effective and targeted therapeutic modalities and less destructive cancer treatments have been developed such as immunotherapy and drug‐targeted therapy. Even so, cancer and its treatment have important physical and psychosocial sequelae.
ONCORELIEF will leverage the above 6 drivers in order to skillfully and methodologically overcome technical challenges, by introducing new approaches that will allow the utilization of big datasets in order to develop a user-centered AI System to facilitate the integration of QoL assessment instruments through the use of PROMs and PREMs in order to improve post-treatment health status, increase the wellbeing, and follow‐up care of cancer patients. This will be achieved through an intuitive smart digital assistant (Guardian Angel), able to provide personalized support in post-treatment activities and tasks, suggest actions regarding the patients’ overall health-status, improved wellbeing and active health-care and ultimately maintain him/her engaged on a wellness journey that will safeguard his/her health over the foreseeable prolonged post-cancer treatment period.
TeNDER will create an integrated care ecosystem for assisting people with chronic diseases of Alzheimer’s (AD), Parkinson’s (PD) and comorbidity with Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) through the use of affect based micro tools. These microservices will recognise the mood of a person and thus adapt the system’s probes to the person’s needs via a multi-sensorial system, even in the most severe cases, and match with clinical (from Electronic Health Records (EHRs)) and clerical patient information, while preserving privacy, monitoring the ethical principles, providing data protection and security, with the result of an increased Quality of Life (QoL). In addition, interactive communication and social services will strength the elderly support, extending their autonomy and care supply chain.
TeNDER will perform 5 large scale pilots, involving 5 user partners and 1500+ TeNDER final users in 4 different European regions, with at least 735 patients (+40% in the patients control group, making a total of 1030 patients), 85 health professionals (physicians mainly), 30 social workers, 570 caregivers (professional and relatives) and 60 other staff (clerks, Hospital IT support, etc.), to provide tailor suited integrated care services to promote wellbeing and health recovery.
POSITIVE aims at designing, building and commercializing a digital platform for healthy, mobile seniors to prevent future cognitive and physical decline. The platform tackles the problem of growing loneliness and apathy amongst seniors, caused not necessarily by social isolation resulting from immobility but by a lack of meaningful connections and a clear purpose in life. Seniors desire to be not only consumers but also creators. This frequently overlooked fact creates a disconnect between what seniors want and what society and companies offer them. To alleviate that, POSITIVE is designed to address self-actualization needs of seniors.
POSITIVE consists of online (a) physical events facilitation, and (b) content. Both parts are co-created and sustained by the end users – seniors. The events are led by seniors or external organizations and have a personalized broad range from educational topics, through discussion clubs to organizing startups. Content part includes possibilities to share knowledge, learn, track health and be entertained. In order to differentiate itself from other offers, POSITIVE leverages technology and close user design (e.g., psychology-based gamification) in all services.
CarerSupport integrated, deployed and tested an integrated ICT platform enabling the participation and collaboration of informal carers, psychologists and health professionals towards facilitating the training, learning, orientation, and psychological support. In particular, the project deployed and offered to informal carers:
CarerSupport was piloted with the participation of 200 informal carers, formal carers and stakeholders in 7 different pilot sites from 4 European countries (Italy, Norway, Romania and Switzerland).
SOCIABLE piloted a radically new ICT based approach for integrated support of mental activity, as well as boosting of social interaction for individuals that have been diagnosed to suffer from mild dementia. SOCIABLE integrated human support and care services offered by care centers and specialized/expert operators (e.g., geriatric internist, geriatric psychiatrist, neurologist, neuropsychologist), with state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure and independent living technologies.
This new approach was build upon three tested technological pillars, which had proven therapeutical value, namely:
SOCIABLE was piloted with the participation of 350 senior citizens in 7 different pilot sites from 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Norway and Spain).
Overall, SOCIABLE integrated, deployed and operated an innovative ICT-enabled online service for assessing and accordingly reinforcing the mental state of the elderly through pleasant gaming activities for cognitive training, while at the same time boosting their social networking and activating their day-to-day interpersonal interactions. SOCIABLE was envisaged as a service with high potential for societal impact that could add significant value to current service offerings of care services providers. Furthermore, it was associated with a clear business potential for sustainability and wider use by care service providers within (but also outside of) the SOCIABLE consortium.
By incorporating different pipelines of machine learning and analytical tools at different levels (from machines to process steps and from processes to the whole production plant), FACTLOG enables the realization of the Cognitive Factory as an ensemble of independent but intertwined ECTs, that are (i) able to self-learn, and thus to effectively detect and react to anomalies and disruptions but also to opportunities that may arise, (ii) enjoy a local or global view of operations and (iii) are capable for short-, mid- and long-term reasoning and optimization.
FACTLOG is driven by several specific, yet indicative, business cases in the process industry and focuses its innovation regarding analytics, AI and optimization on the deployment and assessment of coherent Enhanced Cognitive Twins for the specific sectors represented in FACTLOG and even for the plants in which it will be pilot tested and evaluated. It will be implemented by a just right consortium of twenty partners, five of which are manufacturers and a further three represent manufacturing clusters. Technology and scientific contributors from leading academic institute and focused ICT vendors (mostly SMEs) bring in all necessary knowledge and innovation.
KYKLOS 4.0 will demonstrate, in a realistic, measurable, and replicable way the transformative effects that CPS, PLM, LCA, AR and AI technologies and methodologies will have to the Circular Manufacturing (CM) Framework. To this end, Kthe project will (1) perform large-scale piloting in 7 pilots to demonstrate the technical, environmental and economic viability of its ecosystem to reshape intra-factory processes and services, (2) show the value in terms of operational efficiency improvements by at least 15%, (3) deliver resources reusable solutions (second use of material, part and components reuse) for the whole manufacturing sectors, (4) ensure scalability for future scale of novel CM technologies and services at least at the level of year 2024, (5) engage over 100 key European industry actors, (6) transfer knowledge and technology to increase use of KYKLOS 4.0 Ecosystem to at least 50%, (7) strengthen the position of Europen CM technologies providers and sector fostering a market share of up to 12%, (8) pursue a strong plan for sustainability by incubating at least 3 post-project replication sites, and (9) mobilize additional sector investments of at least 6 times the EC contribution.
AquaSPICE aims at materializing circular water use in the European Process Industries, fostering awareness in resource-efficiency and delivering compact solutions for industrial applications. That challenging aim necessitates (i) multiple state-of-the-art water treatment and re-use technologies, (ii) diverse closer-loop practices regarding water, energy and substances, (iii) a cyber-physical-system controller in the form of a system for real-time monitoring, assessment and optimization of water (re-)use at different interconnected levels and (iv) an effective methodological, regulatory and business framework. AquaSPICE not only offers these but claims their sufficiency, as also supported by the breadth of European process industries who are here to evaluate (i)-(iv).
AquaSPICE’s innovations emanate from the requirements of 6 Case Studies, involving 8 industrial actors (DOW, BASF, Water-Link, Solvay, ARETUSA, Agricola, JEMS and TUPRAS) in 6 EU countries (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Romania) and 1 associated country (Turkey).
ENERMAN envisions the factory as a living organism that can manage its energy consumption in an autonomous way. It will create an energy sustainability management framework collecting data from the factory and holistically process them to create dedicated energy sustainability metrics. These values will be used to predict energy trends using industrial processes, equipment and energy cost models. ENERMAN will deliver an autonomous, intelligent decision support engine that will evaluate the predicted trends and access if they match predefined energy consumption sustainability KPIs. If the KPIs are not met, ENERMAN will suggest and implement changes in energy affected production lines control processes: an energy aware flexible control loop on various factory processes will be deployed.
The ENERMAN administrators will be able to use the above mechanisms in order to identify how future changes in the production lines can impact energy sustainability using the ENERMAN prediction engine (based on digital twins) to visualize possible sustainability results when in-factory changes are made in equipment, production line. The ENERMAN digital twin will predict the economic cost of the consumed energy based on the collected and predicted Energy Peak load tariff, Renewable Energy System self-production, the variations in demand response, possible virtual generation and prosumer aggregation. Finally, ENERMAN considers the operators actions within the production chain as part of a factory’s energy fingerprint since their activity within the factory impacts the various production lines. In ENERMAN, we include a training mechanism with suggested personnel good practices for energy sustainability improvement through the production lines. Current and predicted energy consumption/sustainability trends on specific assets of the factory are collected and visualized in a Virtual, eXtended reality model of the factory to enhance the situational energy awareness of the factory personnel.
GUARD aims to develop an open and extensible platform for advanced assurance and protection of trustworthy and reliable business chains spanning multiple administrative domains and heterogeneous infrastructures. The purpose is manifold: i) to increase the information base for analysis and detection, while preserving privacy, ii) to improve the detection capability by data correlation between domains and sources, iii) to verify reliability and dependability by formal methods that take into account configuration and trust properties of the whole chain, and iv) to increase awareness by better propagation of knowledge to the humans in the loop.
The distinctive approach of GUARD will be the architectural separation between analysis and data sources, mediated by proper abstraction; this paradigm will result in an open, modular, pluggable, extendable, and scalable security framework. This holistic solution will blend security-by-design with enhanced inspection and detection techniques, raising situational awareness at different levels of the companies’ structure by tailored informative contents, so to enable quick and effective reaction to cyber-threats.
CYRENE vision is to enhance the security, privacy, resilience, accountability and trustworthiness of Supply Chains (SCs) through the provision of a novel and dynamic Conformity Assessment Process (CAP) that evaluates the security and resilience of supply chain services, the interconnected IT infrastructures composing these services and the individual devices that support the operations of the SCs. In order to meet its objective, the proposed Conformity Assessment Process is based on a collaborative, multi-level evidence -driven, Risk and Privacy Assessment Approach that support, at different levels, the SCs security officers and operators to recognize, identify, model, and dynamically analyse advanced persistent threats and vulnerabilities as well as to handle daily cybersecurity and privacy risks and data breaches.
CYRENE will be validated in the scope of realistic scenarios/conditions comprising of real-life supply chain infrastructures and end-users. Furthermore, the project will ensure the active engagement of a large number of external stakeholders as a means of developing a wider ecosystem around the project’s results, which will set the basis for CYRENE’s large scale adoption and global impact.
CyberSANE aims to enhance the security and resilience of Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) by providing a dynamic collaborative, warning and response system supporting and guiding security officers and operators (e.g. Incident Response professionals) to recognize, identify, dynamically analyze, forecast, treat and respond to advanced persistent threats (APTs) and handle their daily cyber incidents utilizing and combining both structured data (e.g. logs and network traffic) and unstructured data (e.g. data coming from social networks and dark web).
In achieving that aim, CyberSANE will introduce a holistic and privacy-aware approach in handling security incidents, addressing the complexity of these nets consisting of cyber assets hosted in cross-border, heterogeneous Critical Information Infrastructures (CIs). Moreover, CyberSANE is fully in-line with relevant regulations (such as the GDPR and NIS directive), which requires organizations to increase their preparedness, improve their cooperation with each other, and adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents.
DataVaults aims to deliver a framework and a platform that has personal data, coming from diverse sources in its centre and that defines secure, trusted and privacy preserving mechanisms allowing individuals to take ownership and control of their data and share them at will, through flexible data sharing and fair compensation schemes with other entities (companies or not).
The overall approach will rejuvenate the personal data value chain, which could from now on be seen as a multi-sided and multi-tier ecosystem governed and regulated by smart contracts which safeguard personal data ownership, privacy and usage and attributes value to the ones who produce it.
MITIGATE will realize a radical shift in risk management methodologies for the maritime sector towards a collaborative evidence-driven Maritime Supply Chain Risk Assessment (g-MSCRA) approach that alleviates the limitations of state-of-the-art risk management frameworks. To this end, the project will integrate, validate and commercially exploit an effective, collaborative, standards-based risk management (RM) system for port’s critical information infrastructures (CIIs), which shall consider all threats arising from the global supply chain, including threats associated with portCIIs interdependencies and associated cascading effects.
The MITIGATE system will enable port and other maritime supply chain participants’ operators to manage their security in a holistic, integrated and cost-effective manner, while at the same time producing and sharing knowledge associated with the identification, assessment and quantification of cascading effects from the global ports’ supply chain. In this way, they will be able to predict potential security incidents, but also to mitigate and minimize the consequences of divergent security threats and their cascading effects in the most cost-effective way, i.e. based on evidence associated with simulation scenarios and security assurance models.
UNICORN aims to simplify the design, deployment and management of secure and elastic – by design – multi-cloud services. This will be achieved by i) development and design libraries that will provide security enforcement mechanisms, data privacy restrictions, monitoring metric collection and resource management across multiple cloud sites; ii) enabling continuous orchestration and automatic optimization of portable and dynamic cloud services running on virtual instances or micro-execution containers for increased security, data protection privacy and vast resource (de)allocation.
Towards this end, and building upon this umbrella concept, the UNICORN vision can be considered two-fold: to enable software developers to design and develop secure and elastic applications and to increase the awareness of all stakeholders, in particular SMEs and Startups. UNICORN will reduce software release time and provide a powerful tool for SMEs to improve software design and continuous productivity enhancement.
ARCADIA aims to facilitate application developers to develop a software that is able to take advantage of the underlying infrastructure, while in parallel support the deployment and dynamic configuration of applications in an optimal and autonomic manner. The proposed framework will rely on the design and development of a novel reactive software development paradigm for concurrent and highly distributed applications as well as the design and development of holistic applications’ deployment and management framework over programmable infrastructure. The notion of breakdown of applications in a set of micro-services along with the definition of appropriate service chaining schemes that are used during the applications’ deployment and execution time is dominant within the project. Adoption of principles and techniques already available in novel software engineering paradigms as well as those evolved within the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) era are highly envisaged.
ARCADIA’s reference implementation and developed toolkits are going to facilitate application developers to design and develop infrastructural-agnostic applications and lead to the evolvement of novel and innovative paradigms for the deployment of advanced applications, boosting in this way their productivity as well as the competitiveness of the EU software development industry. Furthermore, the development of applications executed over programmable infrastructure will enable the deployment of eco-systems offering a plethora of innovation opportunities for software industry as well as SMEs. Advanced applications and end-to-end services may be introduced at lower risk while keeping the network reliable and secure and improving its utilization and operational efficiency.
The Search and Rescue project will design, implement and test through a series of large scale pilot scenarios a highly interoperable, modular open architecture platform for first responders capitalising on expertise and technological infrastructure from both COncORDE and IMPRESS FP7 projects. The governance model of Search and Rescue will be designed to operate more effectively and its architectural structure will allow to easily incorporate next generation R&D and COTS solutions which will be possibly adopted in the future disaster management systems. The Model will also support a unified vision of the EU role and will provide a common framework to assess needs and integrate responses. The framework will enable supportive approach using a wider range of decisional support features and monitoring systems and will also give to first responders an effective and unified vision of (a) the dynamic changes going on during event’s lifetime and (b) the capabilities and resources currently deployed in the field.
METICOS aims to introduce Big Data Analysis of border control information systems, in order to provide a step-change towards more modern and efficient Smart Border management and towards gaining societal and political acceptance of modern control technologies of EU borders such as “no gate solutions”. It is therefore positioned as an initiative to create a real-time decision-support system with regard to different Smart Border control technologies that empowers two major stakeholder groups within the European border control sector (i.e., travellers and border control authorities & service providers) to ensure user acceptance, secure positive societal impact and maximize border control process efficiency.
To this end, the METICOS project will develop a platform that integrates information systems and networks of data sources in order to validate the efficiency and users acceptance of border control technologies like fingerprint and iris scanners. The proposed platform will provide metrics and KPIs to authorities and decision makers, based on a number of independent variables: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, facilitating conditions, physical privacy, accuracy, information privacy, ethical and societal perceptions. METICOS will be demonstrated and validated under real operating conditions. This will involve two pilot implementations executed at five different countries involving real travellers and staff.
NESTOR aims to demonstrate a fully functional next generation holistic border surveillance system providing pre-frontier situational awareness beyond maritime and land border areas following the concept of the European Integrated Border Management. NESTOR long-range and wide area surveillance capabilities for detection, recognition classification and tracking of moving targets (e.g. persons, vessels, vehicles, drones etc.) is based on optical, thermal imaging and Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum analysis technologies fed by an interoperable sensors network including stationary installations and mobile manned or unmanned vehicles (aerial, ground, water, underwater) capable of functioning both as standalone, tethered and in swarms. NESTOR BC3i system will fuse in real-time border surveillance data combined with web and social media information, creating and sharing a prefrontier intelligent picture to local, regional and national command centers in AR environment being interoperable with CISE and EUROSUR.
The intense ongoing work towards 5G readiness has reached the point where the performance gains provided by 5G infrastructures should be exploited by third party innovators and SMEs, to create a new, open and dynamic ecosystem from both technology and marketing perspectives. Towards the materialization of the 5G performance gains at application and market level, key contributions are expected by the domain of design and development of Network Application (NetApp). In this context, EVOLVED-5G endorses the vision where the world of NetApps follows the paradigm of mobile applications hosted in a related market place.
Moreover, the EVOLVED-5G project will contribute towards the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0. Recognized as one of the major vertical industries by 5G-PPP (referring to the digital evolving of workspaces), Industry 4.0 brings innovative use cases, yet technologically challenging, and create a fertile environment for SME-driven entrepreneurship, where new use case-tailored functions (as NetApps) can be provided to compose a digitalized, secure, and automated generation of the industrial operations (mainly referring to functions for process and machine control as well as procedures for advanced product lifecycle management). The industry-oriented EVOLVED-5G NetApps will be tested, validated, and certified in a vendor-agnostic experimentation platform, and progressively define the first set of NetApps that the EVOLVED-5G marketplace will host.
BRIDGES aims to support and boost the pan-European interactive technologies industry and contribute to “bridging” the gap between interactive technologies and industry, through the development of a holistic solution for (remote and co-located) group interaction in room-scale immersive mixed reality (or eXtended Reality – XR) environments that blend the physical and virtual space. The BRIDGES solution is based on an existing platform, the Immersive Deck, which will be further researched and developed into a turn-key product with widespread applicability that may act as a stimulus for the uptake of interactive technologies by industry.
BRIDGES will focus on the areas of training and informal learning, culture, and entertainment, as it is widely recognized that immersive XR is an extremely promising tool for the enhancement of a user’s experience in these areas, and an optimal medium for achieving enhanced performance, engagement, a high level of effectiveness, and the transfer of skills and knowledge into the real world. To ensure widespread uptake, within BRIDGES, we will be carrying out extensive and comprehensive studies to validate the proposed solution “in-the-wild”, i.e. in the real world settings of major international airports in Germany and Greece for training firefighters and first responders, and in a highly visited informal educational and cultural center – museum in Greece, for enhancing the learning and recreational experience of visitors. The extensive validation effort undertaken by BRIDGES is expected to lead to the short-term commercial deployment of the BRIDGES end-results in the specific domains addressed by the project pilots, but also to provide replicability recommendations and scale-up guidelines for deploying the resulting XR platform in other industrial and entertainment domains, in the longer term.
SYNERGY introduces a novel reference big data architecture and platform that leverages data, primary or secondarily related to the electricity domain, coming from diverse sources (APIs, historical data, statistics, sensors/ IoT, weather, energy markets and various other open data sources) to help electricity stakeholders to simultaneously enhance their data reach, improve their internal intelligence on electricity-related optimization functions, while getting involved in novel data (intelligence) sharing/trading models, in order to shift individual decision-making at a collective intelligence level.
To this end SYNERGY will develop a highly effective a Big Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace, accompanied by big data-enabled applications for the totality of electricity value chain stakeholders (altogether integrated in the SYNERGY Big Data-driven EaaS Framework). SYNERGY will be validated in 5 large-scale demonstrators, in Spain, Greece, Finland, Austria, and Croatia, involving diverse actors and data sources, heterogeneous energy assets, varied voltage levels and network conditions and spanning different climatic, demographic and cultural characteristics.