In the context of Drones4Safety, the first workshop will be held online on the 10th and 11th  of December 2020. The objectives of the workshop are to provide participants with knowledge on the project activities and its current results and seek to generate new ideas and approaches for the research.

Drones4Safety is an EU project promoted within the Horizon2020 Framework Programme to ensure an accurate, autonomous and continuous inspection of transportation infrastructures (railways and bridges), thus enhancing safety and security of both cargo and passengers. In its sixth month of life, Drones4Safety launches its first workshop bringing together the 9 partners of the consortium and the members of the Advisory Board. The workshop hosting city would have been Rome, but due to the pandemic, the event will be hold online.

The workshop will focus on the principal results achieved in each work package and will enable partners to share their future strategies. On both days, the project coordinator Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid, from the University of Southern Denmark, will start offering a general overview of the project and presenting the new Advisory Board members.

«It is very important to the Drones4Safety project from its early beginning to be up to date with today’s challenges in infrastructure inspection and as close as possible to the field experts.» explains the project coordinator Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid, «Thus, the project ensures that its research and development results will fit the market needs to assure safety in transport in the future.»

Through presentations and interactive discussions, the workshop will allow the AB members to gain more insight into the project and to give their feedback, in order to provide input to further actions. Currently, the involved AB members are: Marcello Chiaberge from the Politecnico of Turin, Oliver N. Overgaard from Aarhus Letbane, Claudio Moroni from Protezione Civile, Berardino Vittorini from Rina and Alberto Mennella from TopView.

The consortium of D4S is composed by: two universities (University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University), one applied research institute (Fraunhofer), three railway/civil infrastructure inspection experts and providers (Eucentre, ARIC and NEAT), two companies with expertise in drones regulation (EUROCONTROL and Deep Blue), and one drones manufacturing company (DELAIR ). The next workshop will be held in June 2021.

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