FORA - Fog Computing for Robotics and Industrial Automation

Coordinator:Technical University of Denmark
Time Period:2017 - 2021
Persons:Gerhard Fohler, Rodrigo Coelho, Jan Ruh, Alexandre Venito

Technical University of Denmark, Vienna University of Technology, Mälardalen Research and Technology Centre, TTTech Computertechnik AG, SYSGO, ABB


FORA-Fog Computing for Robotics and Industrial Automation is a European Training Network (ETN), which will fund and train 15 PhD candidates in the area of Fog Computing, during the period 2017-2021. Fog Computing, also sometimes called Edge Computing, brings the Cloud "closer to the ground", to the edge of the network. FORA is an interdisciplinary, international, intersectoral network that will train the next generation of researchers in Fog Computing with applicability to industrial automation and manufacturing.

The FORA research objectives focus on: future industrial automation architectures and applications based on Fog Computing, deterministic virtualization and execution, deterministic wired and wireless communication, resource provisioning and resource management, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), real-time data analytics and security. The result will be an open architecture built on open source and open standards, e.g., Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), OPC Unified Architecture (UA) and 5G.

The research happens at the intersection of several research areas: Cloud Computing and Software Engineering, Industrial Automation and Real-Time Systems, and Machine Learning, Security and Safety.

FORA - Fog Computing for Robotics and Industrial Automation


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  • The Need for Deterministic Virtualization in the Industrial.pdf
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