ASSETs+ General Meeting in Rome, April 6-7

General Meeting with Barry Conroy from the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) sharing the progress of the ASSETs+ project with all the partners, on an hybrid event: online and at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini in Rome.

5G Technology in the field of Defence and Security: Capabilities, Challenges and Risks

Our partner Mateo Burgos, from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), is organizing an interesting open activity on 5G technologies for defence. It will take place in Madrid, next April 6, from 09:00 to 14:30 CET. The event will be held in Spanish.

5G technology heralds a qualitative leap compared to LTE networks. Its extremely high bit rates and virtually instantaneous transmission open up a range of applications that represent a revolution for civil industry, but also for defence.

Recognized experts in the field will try to answer to all the uncertainties surrounding this technology in this interesting open activity next week.

You can follow the event on streaming here.

ENG4GED webinar: ‘Cyberthreats, a real issue for (inter)national defence’

Don’t miss this Thursday’s ENG4GED free webinar. Our partner Jose Maria de Fuentes, from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, will tell us about cibersecurity.


ENG4GED is a series of free online seminars featuring the renowned academic and industrial speakers. They will provide their personal insight on strategies, approaches and applications of novel practices that bridges Data Science and Engineering within the fields of Green, Education and Defence.

Each seminar presentation will be held once a week on Thursday at 18:00, and will be followed by a live Q&A session. It is organized by our partner the Università di Pisa.

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+ Industrial Lectures on systems engineering

The Rzeszów University of Technology, organized a set of lectures by specialists from Leonardo, Saab and Hensoldt, focused on systems engineering. They took place last January 28.

The invited experts not only presented what systems engineering is, but also explained why this topic is so important for the industry and how it is implemented in practice by companies that are leaders in the aerospace and defence industry.

A total of 130 people participated in the lectures, including students and employees of the Rzeszów University of Technology, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Pisa, as well as interested employees of companies such as Airbus, Hensoldt, Leonardo and Saab.

The following topics were presented:

  • Model Based System Engineering from the Leonardo experience, Urte
  • Steponkute i Caterina Rapisarda, Leonardo
  • Model Based Systems Engineering from the Saab experience, Erik Herzog, Saab
  • Application of Systems Engineering in the Commercial Aircraft and/or
  • Aerospace systems domain, Christopher Jouannet, Saab
  • System of Systems, concept and analysis, Christopher Jouannet, Saab
  • Integration Driven Development, Erik Herzog, Saab
  • Model Based System Engineering from the Hensoldt experience, Markus Andres, Hensoldt