Interview with the research team of ASSETs+ on CTSoc News on Consumer Technology

CTSoc News on Consumer Technology (NCT) has published an interview with our partners from the University of Pisa, Gualtiero Fantoni, ASSETs+ Project Coordinator, and Filippo Chiarello, Assistant professor at the School of Engineering, about the ASSETs+ project, the challenges of the defence sector and how the project is facing these challenges.

The fast pace of technological evolution is radically changing the labour market. Design educational content for the workforce of the near future is essential.

European Defence industry is struggling in finding well-suited workers to ensure leadership, competitiveness, and sustainability in the medium- to long-term on the international panorama. In addition, young generations are not engaged in Defence issues and usually don’t see careers in Defence as promising opportunity. Therefore, Defence companies should develop new strategies to attract and keep young talented workers.

There are many prejudices about Defence activities, however this industry is always at the frontiers of innovation offering the more advanced technologies and a very international and multidisciplinary environment.

The ASSETs+ project is working to explode the myths and biases around the Defence sector and designing new courses and challenges (i.e.European Defence Challenge) able to attract students’ attention.

CTSoc News on Consumer Technology (NCT) is online monthly publication that publishes exciting, timely, and newsworthy articles that bring a wide range of topics related to the consumer technology industry and in the areas of multimedia entertainment and games, digital audio/visual systems, smart home products, smart phones, IoT devices, AI, Blockchain and more. CTSoc is a Society of technology and engineering professionals united by a common desire to continuously learn, interact, collaborate, and innovate in Consumer Technology.

ASSETs+ has contributed to the new version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO)

The European Commission has published the new version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). ASSETs+ is one of the organisations who supported the update of ESCO and the release of ESCO 1.1

ESCO v1.1 is the result of a two-year process of quality review of existing concepts, as well as development of new occupational and competence profiles.

It responds to two main needs. For ESCO to remain useful in the labour market and in education and training, it needs to be updated regularly in line with trends of new and changing occupations and skills. Additionally, the quality of ESCO continuously needs to be improved, based on stakeholder needs.

What has changed?

The key changes following the release of ESCO v1.1 are summarised in the infographics below.

These include:

  • New content. 68 new occupations, 354 new skills and 158 new knowledge concepts have been created and translated in all the ESCO languages.
  • A new transversal skills hierarchy. ESCO v1.1 includes a revised structure and terminology on transversal skills and competences.
  • Labels for Green, DigComp, and Research skills. ESCO v1.1 offers the possibility to access to new sub-sets of skill and knowledge concepts. It includes in particular a taxonomy of skills for the green transition and for researchers, as well as digital skills and skills corresponding to the competences and competence areas of the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp).
  • Quality improvements. Over 500 terms have been updated. Improvements range from removing duplicate concepts to addressing relations between concepts.

To support citizens and implementer in navigating the new version of ESCO, the Commission provides a changelog file listing all changes between versions.

ASSETs+ is one of the organisations who supported the update of ESCO and the release of ESCO 1.1

We proposed:

  • 1 new professional profile, the security architect
  • 14 new skills
  • 8 skills’updates
  • 4 job profiles’updates

Discover our approach in Chiarello, F., Fantoni, G., Hogarth, T., Giordano, V., Baltina, L., & Spada, I. (2021). ‘Towards ESCO 4.0–Is the European classification of skills in line with Industry 4.0? A text mining approach. Technological Forecasting and Social Change’.

How to access ESCO v1.1 and where to find more support material?

The occupations, skills and competences in the updated classification are available in the ESCO portal, in the Download Section, and via API. The report Green Skills and Knowledge Concepts: Labelling the ESCO classification and the document which stores the delta between ESCO v1.1 and the previous minor version (ESCOv1.09), named Delta_ESCO_v1.1.0 are available in the Documents Section.The filters for Green, DigComp, and Research skills are not yet released in the portal but are included in the ConceptScheme of each skill.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/esco/portal/news/e9e0f876-3f04-4a23-8524-2a5391a586f9

Now available the European Defence Challenge Webinar with Experts. Watch now!

If you couldn’t attend our last webinar with Defence experts, don’t worry! You can watch it below:

This webinar marks the beginning of the second phase of the European Defence Challenge, a key part of the ASSETS+ project, that aims to engage young talent in the European defence industry.

ARTICLE: ‘Blending brainstorming with industrial experts and automatic data-driven analysis’

Our partners Filippo Chiarello and Irene Spada from the University of Pisa, have published this interesting article about the ASSETs+ project on CTSoc News on Consumer Technology (NCT).

The article describes the technology and skills analysis done in the ASSETs+ project and the process that leads to the development of the Defence Technologies Roadmap, starting from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques for big data analysis of technical and scientific documentation and the brainstorming sessions with panels of industrial experts, developed during the first two years of the project, to the blending process of these months.

It has been published in the February issue of CTSoc News on Consumer Technology (NCT) online monthly publication that divulgues timely and newsworthy articles that bring a wide range of topics related to the consumer technology industry.

Authors: Filippo Chiarello, Irene Spada
Source: https://ctsoc.ieee.org/publications/ctsoc-nct.html

European Defence Challenge II Edition Webinar with Experts. Don’t miss it in streaming on March 1!

The webinar will be streamed online through YouTube on March 1st, at 17:30 (CET). Join us!

This webinar marks the beginning of the second phase of the European Defence Challenge, a key part of the ASSETS+ project, that aims to engage young talent in the European defence industry.

In this online event, contestants and professionals will have the opportunity to directly interact with experts and key players of the European defence industry,

The topic of this second edition of the Challenge is ‘Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?’

AGENDA

17:30 Introduction to the webinar

  • M. Mateo Burgos – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).
  • Moderator: Michel Bosco – Director of EMBA in space, defence and security at the Université Côte d’Azur.

17:40 Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?:

  • Barry Conroy – DG DEFIS, European Commission.
  • Benjamin Punge – AIRBUS, Unmanned Aerial Systems department.
  • Cristina Cuerno – Dean of Aeronautics and Space Engineering, UPM.
  • Enrico Vignola Capitano di Vascello – Chief of Space and Technological Innovation Department, Italian Navy.
  • Isabelle Barthes – Deputy General Secretary, industriAll European Trade Union.
  • Dorota Stadnicka – Associate Professor, Rzeszów University of Technology.

18:20 Q&A session:

  • Moderator: M. Bosco.

18:35 Conclusions

  • Gualtiero Fantoni – University of Pisa – ASSETs+ Project Coordinator.

The European Defence Challenge is now finishing its first phase


The II edition of the European Defence Challenge, a key part of the ASSETS+ project, is now finishing its first phase.

This initiative aims to engage young talent in the European defence industry.

Over 50 student teams have presented their answers to the question “Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?”

A board of experts will now select the best papers, a task that will be highly challenging due to the quality of the essays presented by students.

An online event is also being prepared for the beginning of the second phase, on March 1st, in which contestants and professionals will have the opportunity to directly interact with experts and key players of the European defence industry.

Stay tuned!

ASSETs+ will be at the fair ‘La Fabrique Défense’

Our partner GICAN will participate in “La Fabrique Défense” that will take place from January 28 to 30, 2022 at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris (France).

This fair will allow young European citizens to get together, meet, create links and understand defense issues in a space of nearly 15,000 m2.

The Parisian event will include a space devoted to European defence which is fully in line with the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Our partner GICAN will have a stand at this fair which has the aim of illustrating the diversity of defence actors and making defence more understandable and accessible by offering innovative, immersive and participatory experiences.

A rich program of round tables and testimonies to nourish reflection and discussions around the major defence issues.

Come meet and discuss with defence and industry professionals and discover the defence careers!

Deadline extension of the European Defence Challenge: January 21st

It has come to our attention that some students are struggling to meet the deadline for Phase 1 of the challenge, due to its proximity with the exam period and the end of the Christmas break.

Accordingly, the deadline has been extended by one week, until January 21st .

Please note that the webinar with defence experts has also been reallocated to the 1st of March.

The II edition of the European Defence Challenge is open.

A great opportunity to boost your career and open new horizons. Register now!

The European Defence Challenge is an open competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies. The challenge asks European students to propose one or more work approaches dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, autonomous vehicles, data science, cybersecurity, chip technologies, control, robotics, signal and image processing, and defence-related technologies.

The launch of the II edition took place last October 20, a day before the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry in Rzeszow (Poland). Our partners Liga Baltina, from Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, and Mateo Burgos from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) organizer of this edition, presented all the details of the challenge.

This edition topic:

Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?

Students have to write an essay that must present a new usage or suggest improvements on a new technology. Not only technological, but also socio-economic, political, ethical and environmental aspects have to be taken into account.

The challenge  can be answered individually, but participants are strongly encouraged to team up in pairs and to find a partner from a different university, faculty and even country.

Who can participate

The challenge is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from all faculties in European Universities, vocational education and training centres and other institutions dedicated to education.

The contest is organised in two selection phases, with a highly professional jury.

Timeline

PHASE 1:
Answer the question by proposing your ideas
A jury of some of the key players in the European defence industry will review the proposals. The best ones move to phase 2.
– 14 January 2022: deadline for 1-page submission
– 15 February 2022: Pre-selection

PHASE 2:
Develop your ideas
Submit a 10-page proposal by adding details, figures, graphics to your initial proposal.

-14 April 2022: deadline for 10-page submission
-27 May 2022: Winners announcement

Online seminars

Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars focused on helping them to prepare good essays

PHASE I

  • Critical Thinking: November 26, 2021 (11:00-13:00 CET)
  • Defence Awareness: December 1, 2021
  • Query Design: December 9, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)
  • Writing Reports: December 13, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)

PHASE II

  • Webinar with defence experts: February 25, 2022

NOTE: Attending webinars is optional. They are provided as complementary courses for students that are interested in acquiring additional information. The webinars will be recorded and made available for future reference, if desired.

Awards

– The 3 finalist teams will be announced on our web & social media and will participate in the awards ceremony.

– Meeting with a Human Resources manager of leading defence industries in Europe (CV, job interview)

– Each member of the winning team will receive a technology gadget personalised by our supporting industrial partners.

SPECIAL MENTION TO YOUNG PARTICIPANTS:

The best essay from students up to 20 years old will receive a personalised technology gadget and a special mention in our web & social media.

Some figures of the first edition:

  • 147 students registered
  • 40% of the participants women
  • More than 50 higher-education institutions
  • 20 countries

QUESTIONS: challenge@assets-plus.eu

Liga Baltina, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

Mateo Burgos, UPM

#EuropeanDefenceChallenge