The Innovation Radar prize, an initiative by the European Commission, will announce its winners on 9 November.
Twenty groundbreaking EU-funded projects have been shortlisted and move on to the final round thanks to the public’s votes.
Here are the finalists in each category who are competing for the prize and will be judged by an expert panel at the ICT Proposers’ Day:
Tech for Society
This category focuses on technologies that make a difference for society and citizens.
Mando Group has a unique nonsurgical, affordable, and effective method for long-term weight loss. The company plans to make this system available to overweight people worldwide. For years now, the treatment has been used successfully in their clinics. Mando Group have also developed a device/app system that will complement their method for weight loss.
Isotrol has developed a Smart ‘SaaS’ Decision Support System for the monitoring, management, and simulation of renewable energy. Multiple end-users (such as citizens, building managers, policy makers and energy providers) may benefit from their new city and district energy model.
Amphiro’s smart shower monitors raise awareness of the resources being consumed when taking a shower. Connected to smartphones, it helps users to keep track of their consumption by identifying trends and providing comparison charts.
Research centre NetwellCASALA developed a Subject Information Management System (SIMS). This system enables service managers working in the healthcare industry or NGOs, to aggregate data from multiple sources and channel it into a personalized application. This would provide a better support for patients to effectively self-manage their health.
The Excellent Science category celebrates cutting-edge scientific work.
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is a partner in the CONQUER project, which aims to develop new contrast agents for Magenetic Resonsance Imaging (MRIs).
The software being developed allows to predict, on the basis of molecular structure and dynamics, the potential of certain low toxicity particles to be used as new contrast agents for MRIs.
University College Cork
The University College Cork is developing a new, simple and cheap platform that will allow many types of molecules – from bacterial or human cells – to be visualised. Optical imaging of these molecules promises to accelerate the development of medicines and can also benefit diagnostics.
KU Leuven’s D-Noise is a network for multi-user noise equalization. D-Noise provides what could be considered as ‘quiet bubbles’ to multiple users in a single space, without the use of headsets. This system is formed by multiple active noise equalizers that cooperate simultaneously to ensure the auditory comfort of different users.
Max Planck MP
With the FutureAgriculture project, Max Placnk MP is delivering a significant advance in synthetic biology by modifying carbon metabolism. The research is engineering synthetic pathways that bypass the wasteful photorespiration route. This would help agriculture productivity to be significantly improved.
Industrial & Enabling Tech
This category looks into the next generation of technology that might improve industries or that may serve as enablers.
Athens Technology Center
ATC’s TruthNest is a real-time tool that will rate the veracity of an online post through data-analytics. The tool uses artificial intelligence, network dynamics and semantic analysis to detect real information on social media. The tool has been tried and tested by broadcasters and publishers across Europe.
Power Operations Ltd
Based on predictive analytics, hybrid blockchain technology and open standards/APIs, Power Operation Ltd have developed a system capable of drastically lowering the overall energy cost of a federated Data Centre. This is done by optimally managing, scheduling and reallocating computational tasks.
Plux’s “BITalino“http://bitalino.com/en/ ®evolution is an innovative low-cost toolkit for rapid prototyping of wearable devices and biomedical signal acquisition.
The aim is to improve user experience when accessing biomedical technologies. By doing so, these technologies can be adopted in other domains, such as the creative industry, and so new applications for these technologies can be developed.
CATEC’s aerial contact technology is a great improvement for the controlling of drones. The contact technology developed allows drones to be manipulated in a more efficient and precise manner. Also, with better contact, users don’t have to work at great heights to control the drones, contributing to a safer work environment.
Best Young SME
This category puts young SMEs (established in 2011 or later) on the spotlight for their innovations.
Lithoz developed a new 3D printer which provides faster printing and excellent resolution. With this, it has come up with a world-first 3D printable silicon-nitrate ceramic in a lithography-based additive manufacturing process.
Gravity R&D’s GRU4Rec is an open-source deep learning based software. As content is consumed online, it models the sequential information and recommends the next-best relevant content. This real-time recommendation can improve online user experience when browsing.
Venneos are members of the RAMP project, which aims to connect networks of real human neurons to a computer in order to make computers naturally intelligent. Together with its partners, Venneos worked on a Neurohybrid system that establishes a new way of communication between computers and human brains.
LeanXcale is a next-generation database management system that can measure Big Data’s volume, velocity and variety. In this way, in a single database, LeanXcale combines operational and analytical capabilities, delivering real-time Big Data.
Best early stage innovation
This category recognizes innovations showing strong potential even at the earliest stages.
Gaming solutions for the creation of a modernised skilled workforce – RAGE
Using Applied Gaming solutions, RAGE enables new approaches, methods and tools to be applied for social and educational purposes. This allows for a modernised and skilled workforce. The goal of this technology and knowledge transfer mechanism is to accelerate innovation and growth of Applied (Serious) Games studios throughout Europe.
Multi-lingual, modular system for call center speech data analytics – MyForce
MyForce enables contact center to automatically monitor, analyse and extract information from up to 100% of calls. Currently, an average of only 3% of calls are monitored at call centers. Improving monitoring could mean better coaching of call center agents and help provide a better service to customers.
MagnetoEncephaloGrapgy (MEG) machine – Blumorpho
MagnetoEncephaloGrapgy (MEG) is an extremely accurate but costly tool in the diagnosis and planning of brain surgeries. CEA LETI’s research team is developing a new sensor that will significantly cut the cost of MEGs. The new sensor is ten times more compact and delivers results that are four times clearer.
Smart spatula helps you adopt healthy cooking habits – Onmi
Onmi has developed COOKiT, a smart spatula that monitors cooking behaviour based on sodium/potassium usage, gestures, and temperature. Used with a smartphone application, it helps users monitor their cooking habits and make healthier choices.