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Open Call #3 for Use-Cases

Gabriele Röger Open Call June 6, 2022
Are you a company or an individual with a real-world AI Planning use-case? AIPlan4EU is looking for you!

Open call #3 for use-cases is now open!

Automated Planning and Scheduling is a central research area in AI, concerned with reasoning on a predictive model of a system to identify a course of actions that achieves a desired goal. It has been studied since the inception of the field and European research has been making strong contributions over decades.

Planning engines have now reached a maturity that makes them highly useful for real-world applications. Still, their application in practise is sometimes hindered by the fact that the planning world is quite heterogeneous, without a common programming interface that makes the technology easily accessible. Moreover, it can be very hard, even for experts, to reliably predict which technique will work well on a certain problem. Thus, it is important that a user needs not to commit to a certain technique at an early stage of adoption but can at any time easily try out and switch to other, better-suited planning technology.

AIPlan4EU aims at solving these problems: it will offer state-of-the-art planning technology through a unified API designed for practitioners and validated on practical use-cases.

AIPlan4EU use-case route

Which are the goals of the AIPlan4EU project?

Following the overall vision for AI in Europe, the project will leverage the excellent research on planning technology that Europe has funded and constructed over the years by bringing it to innovators and practitioners.

AIPlan4EU is centred around 6 ambitious objectives:       

  • Making planning accessible to practitioners and innovators               
  • Facilitate the integration of planning and other ICT technologies
  • Making planning relevant in a wide range of application sectors   
  • Seamlessly integrate planning within the AI4EU platform
  • Facilitate learning of planning for up- and reskilling and lower the access barrier
  • Standardize and drive academic research towards applications

Is the project restricted to certain sectors? NO!

The design of the various activities in AIPlan4EU will be derived from user needs. So your use-case will be considered if it is relevant in the scope of AI planning, regardless of its sector.

For example, the use-cases provided by the project partners themselves are from the following areas:

  • Planning for space
  • Planning for agriculture
  • Planning for manufacturing
  • Planning for logistics
  • Planning for autonomous driving
  • Planning for automated experimentation
  • Planning for subsea robotics

But again, these are only example areas (not taken, exclusive or mandatory). Every relevant use-case can and should apply!

Who are we looking for?

AIPlan4EU is currently looking for individuals and companies to provide AI Planning use-cases.

The AIPlan4EU open calls aim to upgrade third parties’ capacity to leverage AI planning technology in various sectors and offer financial support for European individuals, companies and innovators to experiment in highly innovative, cross-border experiments.

You have never heard of AI planning before and are unsure whether your task is a use-case for planning? If it can be framed in some way as identifying a course of actions, it potentially is. If you need a first-contact explanation, you can have a look at our recent blog entry or some use-cases of our project partners. If you are still unsure, don’t be shy to contact us via email.

What do we have to offer?

On the third open call for use-cases, up to 5 use-case proposals will be selected and funded.

This funding consists of €1500 per use-case to attend a workshop where you will get help to further develop and specify your use-case in the context of AI Planning.

After this workshop, the use-case winners will also have the opportunity to be funded to support the use-case implementation foreseen in the future open calls. Therefore, the participants should demonstrate their long-term commitment to the AIPlan4EU research and innovation agenda.

You will receive:

  • Funding €1500 per use-case in Open Call 3 for Use-Cases.
  • The opportunity to be funded up to €30.000 to support the use-case implementation in the future open calls.
  • Opportunities to connect with users and suppliers from various industries.
  • Access to a sustainable ecosystem of stakeholders active in multiple AI Planning domains.

How to apply

Open call #3 for use-cases is open from 9 June 2022 (12pm CEST) to 1 September 2022, 17h CEST. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

Open Call #1 for Innovators

Gabriele Röger Open Call February 15, 2022
Do you have expertise in AI planning or software development?
Or are you a company with a real-world AI Planning use-case?
AIPlan4EU is looking for you!

Open call #1 for innovators has closed on April 20, 2022.

Automated Planning and Scheduling is a central research area in AI, concerned with reasoning on a predictive model of a system to identify a course of actions that achieves a desired goal. It has been studied since the inception of the field and European research has been making strong contributions over decades.

Planning engines have now reached a maturity that makes them highly useful for real-world applications. Still, their application in practise is sometimes hindered by the fact that the planning world is quite heterogeneous, without a common programming interface that makes the technology easily accessible. Moreover, it can be very hard, even for experts, to reliably predict which technique will work well on a certain problem. Thus, it is important that a user needs not to commit to a certain technique at an early stage of adoption but can at any time easily try out and switch to other, better-suited planning technology.

AIPlan4EU aims at solving these problems: it will offer state-of-the-art planning technology through a unified API designed for practitioners and validated on practical use-cases.

Which are the goals of the AIPlan4EU project?

Following the overall vision for AI in Europe, the project will leverage the excellent research on planning technology that Europe has funded and constructed over the years by bringing it to innovators and practitioners.

AIPlan4EU is centred around 6 ambitious objectives:       

  • Making planning accessible to practitioners and innovators               
  • Facilitate the integration of planning and other ICT technologies
  • Making planning relevant in a wide range of application sectors   
  • Seamlessly integrate planning within the AI4EU platform
  • Facilitate learning of planning for up- and reskilling and lower the access barrier
  • Standardize and drive academic research towards applications

Is the project restricted to certain sectors? NO!

The design of the various activities in AIPlan4EU is derived from user needs, considering use-cases relevant in the scope of AI planning, regardless of their sector. For example, the use-cases provided by the project partners themselves are from the following areas:

  • Planning for space
  • Planning for agriculture
  • Planning for manufacturing
  • Planning for logistics
  • Planning for autonomous driving
  • Planning for automated experimentation
  • Planning for subsea robotics

Who are we looking for?

Open call #1 for innovators features three different tracks, distinguishing three different kinds of contributions. Track A is mainly of interest for planning experts, while Tracks B and C mostly require more general software development. In track B, we are also looking for additional use-cases, which can potentially be of interest for everyone.

If you have any questions on the different tracks, don’t be shy to contact us via email.

What is Track A about?

Track A is for innovators who want to contribute planning technology to the AIPlan4EU ecosystem.

We seek all kinds of software tool/library/technology related to planning. Examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • plan generation tools (e.g. automated planners),
  • validation procedures (e.g. plan validators),
  • visualization tools (e.g. plan animators),
  • problem transformation utilities (e.g. grounders and compilations).

A funded project will make their contribution available as a service within the unified planning framework (UPF), a python library developed within the AIPlan4EU project that enables the programmatic modelling, manipulation and solving of planning problems. The integration code shall be documented, and a final written report shall describe in detail the functionality and the usage of the tool via the UPF.

The financed projects will have a development phase of 6 months that will be structured in three sprints of 2 months each, plus one month for finalizing and preparing the demonstrator (7 months in total).

 

Who are we looking for in this track?

Innovators (researchers, experts, students,…) and organisations (SMEs, MidCaps, larger companies, universities, research institutes, labs,…)

 

What do we have to offer?
  • The opportunity to make your planning technology more widely accessible
  • €60.000 funding for each project for up to 5 projects

 

How to apply

Open call #1 for innovators is open from 17 February 2022 to 20 April 2022, 17h CET. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

What is Track B about?

Track B is intended for a consortia of two partners who together want to solve a planning use-case, exploiting the capabilities of the unified planning framework (UPF). The UPF is a software library developed by the AIPlan4EU project and offers planning-related capabilities in a general and convenient way.

One consortium partner will be a use-case provider, who wants to explore the benefit of planning for their specific use-case. The other partner will typically have expertise in planning and/or software development and will realize a “Technology-Specific Bridge” (TSB) that connects the technology/software from the use-case with the UPF.

Examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • adding planning capabilities to simulators (i.e. extend plan simulation tools with plan generation capabilities so that generated plans can then be simulated),
  • integration of automated planning in logistics tools (e.g. gather data from Warehouse Management Systems to form a planning query and report the generated plan to the user),
  • visualization tools (e.g. plan animators, plan simulators), integration of planning in existing software ecosystems (e.g. wrap UPF planning for robotic operating systems),
  • translating from existing formalisms/software libraries for decision making into planning problems and mapping-back the results.

You have never heard of AI planning before and are unsure whether your task is a use-case for planning? If it can be framed in some way as identifying a course of actions, it potentially is. If you need a first-contact explanation, you can have a look at our recent blog entry or some use-cases of our project partners. If you are still unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

A funded project will describe the use-case in a dedicated report and the developed TSB will address at least some of the aspects highlighted by the use-case. Moreover, the TSB shall be demonstrated and evaluated on the use-case specifications. The TSB code shall be documented, and a final written report shall describe in detail the functionality and the usage of the tool.

The financed projects will have a development phase of 6 months that will be structured in three sprints of 2 months each, plus one month for finalizing and preparing the demonstrator (7 months in total).

 

Who are we looking for in this track?

A consortium of 2 organizations (a use-case owner and a TSB provider (SMEs, MidCaps, larger companies, universities, research institutes, labs,…)

 

What do we have to offer?
  • Funded opportunity to explore the benefits of AI Planning for the use-case owner
  • €90.000 for each consortium, up to 7 projects

 

How to apply

Open call #1 for innovators is open from 17 February 2022 to 20 April 2022, 17h CET. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

What is Track C about?

Track C is intended for companies and organizations that have expertise in planning and/or software development and want to integrate an existing use-case with the unified planning framework (UPF), a software library developed by the AIPlan4EU project that offers planning-related capabilities in a general and convenient way.

The use-case is from the healthcare sector and was selected in an earlier open call for use-cases. To find out more about the use-case, consult the following documents:

The funded project will realize a “Technology-Specific Bridge” (TSB) that connects the technology/software from the use-case with the UPF. Both entities, the TSB provider and the use-case owner, will work together and validate the results.

The AIPlan4EU project finances the realization of TSBs that must use the functionality offered by the UPF library and the realization of a demonstrator that showcases the developed TSBs on the given use-case.

The TSB code shall be documented, and a final written report shall describe in detail the functionality and the usage of the tool.

The financed project will have a development phase of 6 months that will be structured in three sprints of 2 months each, plus one month for finalizing and preparing the demonstrator (7 months in total).

 

Who are we looking for in this track?

Organizations (SMEs, MidCaps, larger companies, universities, research institutes, labs,…) that can provide TSBs for the given healthcare use-case

 

What do we have to offer?

€60.000 for the TSB provider

 

How to apply

Open call #1 for innovators is open from 17 February 2022 to 20 April 2022, 17h CET. Potential TSB providers for the healthcare use-case need to apply for the Technology Specific Bridge sub-track of Track C. For the other sub-track, only use-case owners that have already been successful in open call #1 for use-cases are eligible.

Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

Open Call #2 for Use-Cases

Gabriele Röger Open Call September 27, 2021
Click for open call 2 for use-cases
Are you a company or an individual with a real-world AI Planning use-case? AIPlan4EU is looking for you!

Open call #2 for use-cases is already closed!

Automated Planning and Scheduling is a central research area in AI, concerned with reasoning on a predictive model of a system to identify a course of actions that achieves a desired goal. It has been studied since the inception of the field and European research has been making strong contributions over decades.

Planning engines have now reached a maturity that makes them highly useful for real-world applications. Still, their application in practise is sometimes hindered by the fact that the planning world is quite heterogeneous, without a common programming interface that makes the technology easily accessible. Moreover, it can be very hard, even for experts, to reliably predict which technique will work well on a certain problem. Thus, it is important that a user needs not to commit to a certain technique at an early stage of adoption but can at any time easily try out and switch to other, better-suited planning technology.

AIPlan4EU aims at solving these problems: it will offer state-of-the-art planning technology through a unified API designed for practitioners and validated on practical use-cases.

AIPlan4EU use-case route

Which are the goals of the AIPlan4EU project?

Following the overall vision for AI in Europe, the project will leverage the excellent research on planning technology that Europe has funded and constructed over the years by bringing it to innovators and practitioners.

AIPlan4EU is centred around 6 ambitious objectives:       

  • Making planning accessible to practitioners and innovators               
  • Facilitate the integration of planning and other ICT technologies
  • Making planning relevant in a wide range of application sectors   
  • Seamlessly integrate planning within the AI4EU platform
  • Facilitate learning of planning for up- and reskilling and lower the access barrier
  • Standardize and drive academic research towards applications

Is the project restricted to certain sectors? NO!

The design of the various activities in AIPlan4EU will be derived from user needs. So your use-case will be considered if it is relevant in the scope of AI planning, regardless of its sector.

For example, the use-cases provided by the project partners themselves are from the following areas:

  • Planning for space
  • Planning for agriculture
  • Planning for manufacturing
  • Planning for logistics
  • Planning for autonomous driving
  • Planning for automated experimentation
  • Planning for subsea robotics

But again, these are only example areas (not taken, exclusive or mandatory). Every relevant use-case can and should apply!

Who are we looking for?

AIPlan4EU is currently looking for individuals and companies to provide AI Planning use-cases.

The AIPlan4EU open calls aim to upgrade third parties’ capacity to leverage AI planning technology in various sectors and offer financial support for European individuals, companies and innovators to experiment in highly innovative, cross-border experiments.

You have never heard of AI planning before and are unsure whether your task is a use-case for planning? If it can be framed in some way as identifying a course of actions, it potentially is. If you need a first-contact explanation, you can have a look at our recent blog entry or some use-cases of our project partners. If you are still unsure, don’t be shy to contact us via email.

What do we have to offer?

On the second open call for use-cases, up to 5 use-case proposals will be selected and funded.

This funding consists of €1500 per use-case to attend a workshop where you will get help to further develop and specify your use-case in the context of AI Planning.

After this workshop, the use-case winners will also have the opportunity to be funded to support the use-case implementation foreseen in the future open calls. Therefore, the participants should demonstrate their long-term commitment to the AIPlan4EU research and innovation agenda.

You will receive:

  • Funding €1500 per use-case in Open Call 2 for Use-Cases.
  • The opportunity to be funded up to €30.000 to support the use-case implementation in the future open calls.
  • Opportunities to connect with users and suppliers from various industries.
  • Access to a sustainable ecosystem of stakeholders active in multiple AI Planning domains.

How to apply

Open call #2 for use-cases is open from 22 November 2021 to 10 February 2022, 17h CET. Please read and complete the following documents and apply via the F6S platform.

Webinars

We had two webinars on the open call #2 for use cases. Missed them? Here are the recordings:

Open Call #1 for Use-Cases

AIPlan4EU use-case route
Are you a SME or an individual with a real-world AI Planning use-case? AIPlan4EU is looking for you!

The first call for use-cases has closed 12 May 2021

There will be another call in September 2021

The AIPlan4EU use-case open calls aim to upgrade thirty parties’ capacity to leverage AI planning technology in various sectors such as: space, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, autonomous driving, automated experimentation, subsea robotics, or any others that prove to be relevant, and offer financial support for European SMEs and innovators to experiment in highly innovative, cross-border environment.
Open Call 1 for Use-Cases provides equity-free funding to attract and select the most motivated external partners. The objective is simple: target real world AI planning use-cases that will have the chance to be developed and implemented in the following steps of the AIPlan4EU project

Who are we looking for?

AIPlan4EU is currently looking for individuals and SMEs to provide AI Planning Use-cases in areas such as space, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, autonomous driving, automated experimentation, subsea robotics, or any others that prove to be relevant

How does Call #1 for Use-Cases work?

This first open call will fund 5 use-case proposals.
The use-case winner will also be funded to support the use-case implementation foreseen in the future open calls. Therefore, the participants should demonstrate their long-term commitment to the AIPlan4EU research and innovation agenda.
Click here if you want to have a more detailed overview of the entire project

What will you receive if you are selected?

  1. Funding €1500 per individual/SME in Open Call 1 for Use-Case
  2. The chance to be funded up to €30.000 to support the use-case implementation in the future open calls, including supporting the evaluation phase of these open calls
  3. Opportunities to connect with users and suppliers from various industries
  4. Access to a sustainable ecosystem of stakeholders active in multiple AI Planning domains

Have questions? Get in touch to find out more. We will gladly answer any questions and support you through the whole process

aiplan4eu_support@fbk.eu