EU funds Prof. Vilkko’s Horizon 2020 project on sustainable process industryThe European Commission has selected for funding the 3.5 year project of Prof. Matti Vilkko out of 22 proposals submitted to the SPIRE-02-2016 call. TUT will receive a contribution of 1.1 M€ of the project’s total funding of 6 M€.
The “COCOP “-project (Coordinating Optimisation of Complex Industrial Processes) develops novel solutions for Plant-wide monitoring and control of data-intensive and complex industrial processes. The project’s objective is to enable plant-wide monitoring and control by using the model-based, predictive, coordinating optimisation concept in integration with plant’s automation systems. The plant-wide monitoring and control comprehend computationally intensive data analysis and large scale optimisation.
The consortium aims to start COCOP in fall 2016. The project promotes sustainable process industry through resource, energy efficiency and collaboration with chemical plants, nickel smelters, steel plants and four SMEs in Europe.
The project supports the Automation Science and Engineering department's strategy of integrating optimization with modelling, simulation and control for sustainable and energy-intensive production systems in a wide range of industries. The project will be carried out collaboratively by the Process Automation research group, led by Professor Matti Vilkko, and the Automation Software research group, led by Postdoctoral Researcher David Hästbacka.
Prof. Vilkko and Dr. Hästbacka wrote the proposal together with Dr. Jörg Langwaldt at TUT’s Research Services and eleven consortium partners. Among other tasks Jörg wrote the Impact section of the proposal, which received the highest possible evaluation score contributing to the excellent overall evaluation score of 14.5 out of 15.0 points. COCOP will be Prof. Vilkko’s first EU project as coordinator. Hanna Kivisaari, Horizon 2020 project manager at Research Services will perform administrative tasks on behalf of the coordinator. Hanna is currently administrative project manager in two other Horizon 2020 projects coordinated by TUT.