The Photonics Research Labs of the ITEAM Institute participate, from last October 2016, in a new European Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) called FINESSE. FINESSE (FIbre NErvous Sensing SystEms) is a collaborative research and training network, gathering together 26 European universities, research centers and industrial partners, with the common objective of training 15 Early Stage Researchers in the development of disruptive new optical ‘artificial nervous systems’ and boosting the industrial uptake of these sensors by technology transfer from academic research to the European optical fibre sensor industry.
The objective behind FINESSE (FIbre NErvous Sensing SystEms) is to mimic the nervous system of living bodies by turning man-made and natural structures into objects that are sensitive to external stimuli owing to advanced distributed fibre-optic sensor technology, with the objective to either give early warning in case of possible danger or occurrence of damage, or to optimise the operation of the structure to allow for a sustainable use of natural resources and assets. Enabling such functionalities will greatly contribute to realizing a safe, secure and energy efficient Europe, which is an identified societal concern.
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