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WatchEDGE studies an advanced edge-computing architecture supporting AI-based applications distributed on geographically-distant sites. Each site (or “island”) – interconnected by SD-WAN – is equipped with edge-computing infrastructure that can be provided by fleets of flying drones (FANET), and smart radars and fixed or flying cameras.

The project – orchestrated to maximize data processing at the edge – works towards a use case of environmental surveillance for smart agriculture and wildlife protection, relying on AI-based image processing.

WatchEDGE is part of  Spoke 8 – Intelligent and Autonomous Systems

 

In the first 15 months, most of project activity was on "Architecture and Requirements" (Work package 1) and focused on the preparation of the first deliverable, due on M12. The deliverable identifies the application scenario of the WatchEDGE project, the requirements, and the main features of the architecture.

The partners also started the activities on "Orchestration Algorithms and Methods" (Work Package 2), currently in preparation and due on M18. The deliverable will describe the project approach to the wildlife monitoring services and related computer-vision and AI methods, to UAV control and SD-WAN algorithms and to the orchestration of the far-edge-egde-Cloud continuum.

The activity of Work Package 3 also started and focused on the planning and design of the POC. In particular, WatchEDGE started an intensive interaction with San Rossore Regional Park in Pisa, where the POC will be hosted. The procedures to buy the experimental equipment by all partners are in progress.

WtachEDGE also disseminated the project goals internally and externally.
The main scientific outcomes of interest as of today regards all the main activities of WatchEDGE, i.e. architecture and requirements definition, algorithms and methods, simulation and prototype early implementation.

They have been presented in two WatchEDGE dissemination workshops, the first in Catania on September 2023, the second in Pisa on February 2024. The program and presentations of the workshops are available at the link reported below.

WatchEDGE results have also been presented the RESTART plenary meetings in Bari and Bologna, and at other venues. A WatchEDGE position paper jointly authored by all the project partners has been published in the Computer Networks Journal. Up to this date (May 2024), more than 20 between journal and conference papers, keynotes, invited talks, seminars and tutorials have been produced by WatchEDGE partners and reported in the project.

Further details, including the dissemination workshop programs and presentations, are available at the following link.
On September, 28 2023 the project organized the Dissemination Workshop, open to the public, "WatchEDGE Architecture and Requirements".
Four new partners have recently (M15) joined WatchEDGE, as four tasks of the project were included in the RESTART Cascade Calls (BANDI A CASCATA) related to SPOKE 8 – INTELLIGENT AND AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS, coordinated by Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata. The new partners will bring their expertise, essential to the full completion of the project workplan.

Definition of the WatchEDGE physical and control architectures (KPI-1)
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 100%
  • Readiness level 2.25
Design of the WatchEDGE orchestration system (KPI-2)
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 10%
  • Readiness level 0.225
Design of the WatchEDGE AI-based application manager (KPI-3)
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 10%
  • Readiness level 0.225
Development of the WatchEDGE experimental validation testbed (KPI-4)
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 20%
  • Readiness level 0.45
WatchEDGE-solution performance assessment (KPI-5)
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 0%
  • Readiness level 0
Peer-reviewed publications in IEEE/ACM journals/magazines (KPI-6)
  • Expected 8
  • Accomplished 3
  • Readiness level 0.84
Peer-reviewed publications at IEEE/IEEE co-sponsored international conferences (KPI-7)
  • Expected 12
  • Accomplished 9
  • Readiness level 1.69
Fraction of joint publications (e.i. with authors affiliated to multiple RESTART partners) (KPI-8)
  • Expected 30%
  • Accomplished 39%
  • Readiness level 2.3
Training events for the scientific community (e.g. conference workshops, keynote, invited or tutorial presentations), and/or for PhD students and/or industry employees (KPI-9)
  • Expected 4
  • Accomplished 6
  • Readiness level 3.37
Tutorial materials (videos, slide sets, etc.) for remote teaching (KPI-10)
  • Expected 3
  • Accomplished 0
  • Readiness level 0
International visitors (PhD students/researchers) hosted (KPI-11)
  • Expected 2
  • Accomplished 1
  • Readiness level 1.125
Project Milestone 1: Early architecture outline and requirement list (internal report to be used as early input to WP2) [due: M6]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 100%
  • Readiness level 2.25
Project Deliverable D1.1: Preliminary system architecture and requirement description [due: M12]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 100%
  • Readiness level 2.25
Project Deliverable D1.2: Final system architecture and requirement description [due: M36]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 0%
  • Readiness level 0
Project Deliverable D2.1: WatchEDGE platform and algorithms: early software release and report [due: M36]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 20%
  • Readiness level 0.45
Project Deliverable D2.2: WatchEDGE platform and algorithms: final software release and report [due: M36]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 0%
  • Readiness level 0
Project Deliverable D3.1: Report on validation and performance assessment [due: M36]
  • Expected 100%
  • Accomplished 0%
  • Readiness level 0

Project PI: Guido Maier

Collaboration Proposals:

  • WathcEDGE is looking for possible collaboration with end users of the WatchEDGE solution, such as: wildlife parks, agricoltural institutions, farmers, breeders, etc.
  • WatchEDGE is contributing to the following RESTART Grand Challenges: Challenge 0 – Create a vision of future evolution of telecommunications ecosystem in Italy and internationally; Challenge 7 – Digitalize the environment for a sustainable world; Challenge 10 – Make the network a platform for programming and running applications; Challenge 12 – Make artificial intelligence distributed and networked; Challenge 19 – Create a community for RESTART open source software
  • The WatchEDGE proposal was endorsed by ASSOProvider by a letter of interest
  • Within RESTART program, WatchEDGE is seeking co-operation with the structural projects NETWIN, SUPER and COHERENT and with the focused project LEGGERO

For any proposal of collaboration within the project please contact the project PI. 

 


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