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REU 39: High-tech concepts to sense the world

research*eu magazine 39

The latest research*eu results magazine is now available in free, accessible PDF.


According to 2014 forecasts by bcc Research, the sensor market will be worth some EUR 80 billion in 2015 and will grow by 10 % each year over the next five years. It also contributes to at least 10 % of the world’s GDP. Research and innovation are key to gaining market shares, and scientists and engineers are now putting all their efforts into a new generation of sensing machines called smart sensors — differing from their ancestors by their capacity to proceed to advanced calculations autonomously and communicate this information wirelessly.


Smart sensors are key to the advent of all things smart, from smart wearables to smart cars and smart cities. The EU is well aware of this potential, and has been funding a plethora of projects either focusing or involving sensors under FP7.


This edition of the research*eu magazine focuses on some of the latest advances made by EU scientists in developing smart sensors for applications as varied as medical implants, malaria diagnosis, silicon retina, air traffic control and aircraft maintenance, bacteria detection, localisation of explosive devices and noise reduction technologies. It includes 4 exclusive interviews with the project coordinators of the SEEBETTER, RAPTADIAG, SLITE-WISE and BONAS project, who accepted to discuss the progress of their research.


Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:


  • RUNSAFER: when sport shoes start caring for you
  • Redefining citizenship in a growing Europe
  • Clean bill of health for electric cars
  • New virtual research communities to create and share data on biodiversity
  • Information technology for people with Down’s syndrome
  • Innovative textiles to boost EU seaweed farming
  • Innovative techniques raise hope of reducing losses from cassava and yam crops


The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.


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