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"Mikko J. Rissanen" <[log in to unmask]>
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The Industrial Software Systems program at ABB already collaborates with a number of academic research groups world-wide. In order to enlarge and complement the circle of university partners, we have launched the ABB Software Research Grant Program described below.

We plan to award several research grants between 20 000 and 80 000 USD for research on industrial software system. Applications should combine academic research with industrial application.

Topics and priorities include:

    * Usability tools for developers: What kind of development tools would help developers, who are no usability experts, to produce measurably better user interfaces?
    * Tacit knowledge transfer: How to capture process knowledge of experienced industrial process control operators and transfer it to beginners?
    * Truly wearable computer: How to design a minimal attention user interfaces for mobile work personnel that need both hands for primary work? 
    * Interactive visualization of time-dependent data: How to interactively explore huge data sets in a meaningful way for passive monitoring and active control tasks? 
    * Reverse engineering, architectural reconstruction, visualization of large scale code bases (C/C++, MFC, COM, C#): How to efficiently analyze legacy code for better decision taking?
    * Execution engines for IEC-61131-3 or other industrial application languages: How can the introduction of modern and/or domain specific languages improve predictability, execution and implementation of industrial applications? 
    * Generating process graphics: How can process graphics for control and supervision systems be automatically generated from different models of industrial plants, also targeting different output devices, e.g. large screen displays, smart phones, and tablet devices?
    * Automation system security: How to increase automation system security in an industrial automation setting?

The application process consists of two rounds. The application for the first round is limited to two pages (A4, 12pt, PDF) and must include the following sections:

    * Project title and requested amount of funding
    * Abstract
    * Context and motivation
    * Aims and objectives
    * Attachments: CVs of applicants

Application template for the second round: The full application is limited to eight pages (A4, 12pt, PDF) and must include the following sections:

    * Project title and requested amount of funding
    * Abstract
    * Context and motivation
    * Aims and objectives
    * Proposed method
          o Research method
          o How will success be measured?
          o How will progress be measured?
    * Execution plan
          o Resources
          o Time plan
    * Publication plan
    * What is the impact if successful?
    * Attachments: CVs of applicants

The application must be submitted by a main applicant who is a researcher associated with a university, university college, or research institute. The main applicant will be ABB's sole point of contact. The applicant as well as his/her research group must not currently be involved in activities with one or more ABB competitor.

Applications will be assessed by an ABB-internal evaluation committee. In the first round, a selection will be made in which the applications will be assessed solely with respect to how well they correspond to the topics above and the expected outcome of the project. After this all applicants will be informed if they are rejected or selected to submit for the second round.
In the second round, the full application will be evaluated by the committee and the overall picture created by the combination of the various components in the application will form an important basis for the allocation of grants. In addition, the following aspects will be taken into account:

    * Objective, choice of problems and working methods on the basis of novelty and match with the topics in this call.
    * Scientific quality of the project and track record of the applicant(s)


    * Balance between content and requested amount of funding
    * Prior track record in collaborative work, especially with industry

Submission date for the overall application is October 31, 2011
The applications should be sent to [log in to unmask]
The decision on the first selection will be communicated on November 7, 2011
Submission date for the full application is December 5, 2011
The decision on awarded grants will be communicated on December 19, 2011
All dates are subject to change by ABB.

The ABB evaluation committee will determine the successful grant recipients. ABB expressly reserves the right not to grant any award if no submission is deemed sufficient and suitable.
Each applicant shall bear its own costs prior to the announcement of the grant recipients.
Granting of the award shall be conditional upon the proposed grant recipient’s signing of the “ABB Research and Development Agreement with Universities” before the start of the research project. All disputes arising out of or in connection with the ABB Software Research Grant Program shall be governed in accordance with Swiss law under exclusion of its conflict of laws rules and the United Nations Convention on International Sale of Goods. Place of jurisdiction shall be Baden, Switzerland.

Upon submitting an application to ABB, each applicant acknowledges and agrees to be bound by the above-mentioned terms and conditions. 


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