RT-RK in H2020 Bonseyes: Platform for Open Development of Systems of Artificial Intelligence

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Continuing the practice of participation in projects funded by the European Commission, RT-RK takes place in another H2020 project named Platform for Open Development of Systems of Artificial Intelligence. Under the acronym Bonseyes, the project in duration of three years started on December 1st 2016. Coordinated by nViso SA from Switzerland, the project brings together partners from Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Austria, Sweden, and RT-RK from Serbia.

From the project’s objective:

The Bonseyes project aims to develop a platform consisting of a data marketplace, deep learning toolboxes, and developer reference platforms for organizations wanting to adopt artificial intelligence in low power IoT devices (“edge computing”), embedded computing systems, or data center servers (“cloud computing”). It will bring about orders of magnitude improvements in efficiency, performance, reliability, security, and productivity in the design and programming of systems of artificial intelligence that incorporate smart cyber physical systems while solving a chicken-egg problem for organizations who lack access to data and models. Its open software architecture will facilitate adoption of the whole concept on a wider scale.

Gordana Velikic

The Bonseyes project aims to address one of the most significant trends in the Internet of Things which is the shifting balance between edge computing and cloud computing. The early days of the IoT have been characterized by the critical role of cloud platforms as application enablers. Intelligent systems have largely relied on the cloud level for their intelligence, and the actual devices of which they consist have been relatively unsophisticated. This old premise is currently being shaken up, as the computing capabilities on the edge level advance faster than those of the cloud level. This paradigm shift - from the connected device paradigm to the intelligent device paradigm opens up numerous opportunities.

To evaluate the effectiveness, technical feasibility, and to quantify the real-world improvements in efficiency, security, performance, effort and cost of adding AI to products and services using the Bonseyes platform, four complementary demonstrators will be built: Automotive Intelligent Safety, Automotive Cognitive Computing, Consumer Emotional Virtual Agent, and Healthcare Patient Monitoring. Bonseyes platform capabilities are aimed at being aligned with the European FI-PPP activities and take advantage of its flagship project FIWARE.

“The Bonseyes is a remarkable project, and it’s a great pleasure to participate in well-funded European projects with exceptional partners. The project shifts the reliability of centralized large scale computing from the cloud to the device itself, and it being the case, places the topic well into the expertise of RT-RK, which are embedded systems. Demanding applications in the automotive, consumer, and healthcare industry, are intended to demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence can be easily added to edge devices /embedded systems with the approach given in the project. Note that these challenging systems and computing are in the focus of our activities today. We are very pleased to have been one of the partners and consider our involvement to be highly beneficial to the success of the project,” said the Director of Scientific Research Programs at RT-RK Gordana Velikic.