| Project of the Month - May 2013
SENS-ERA – Strengthening sensor research links between the Georgian Technical University and the European Research Area
The overall aim of the SENS-ERA project is to integrate the Georgian Technical University (GTU) into the European Research Area, by developing cooperation with European research and innovation organisations in research topics highly relevant to the FP7 ICT, NMP, Security and Environment work programmes.
GTU was established in 1922 and is the leading technology university in Georgia. It is also an important research centre in the South Caucasus and Black Sea region and many GTU graduates have gone on to become high-ranking scientists and engineers around the world.
The SENS-ERA project builds upon GTU’s existing strengths as a high-quality research institution via capacity building activities with the following 3 excellent European research and innovation organisations: Cranfield University, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, and Intelligentsia Consultants.
- Project acronym: SENS-ERA
- Project full title: Strengthening sensor research links between the Georgian Technical University and the European Research Area
- Project number: 294299
- Type of funding scheme: International Cooperation Support Action (SA) under FP7 programme
- Target groups: National sensor research stakeholders, National and EU sensor research organisations and companies
- Start: 01/12/2011
- Duration: 24 months
- Website: http://www.sens-era.eu/
Overview of the partners involved in SENS-ERA
- Research Topic A – Semiconductor based materials for optical sensors: rare earth metals and their compounds and investigation of their use for the construction of novel optical sensors. In addition nanosensors based on spintronics and associated quantum effects are studied.
- Research Topic B – Radiation sensor elements based on A4, A3B5 and rare earth semiconductors: addressing the issue of designing improved
- light radiation sensors and
- nuclear radiation sensors, based on rare-earth metals and their compounds.
- Research Topic C – Novel smart sensor systems for environmental monitoring: investigation of multi-sensory networks for light and nuclear radiation monitoring, aimed for environmental purposes; smart sensory systems organized on the basis of non-linear, heuristic algorithms are also examined.
Results so far
Since the start of SENS-ERA the twinning activities have been carried out as planned between the partners. The Georgian researchers have visited TEI Piraeus and Cranfield on the purpose of scientific exchange.
Two workshops have been held with the participation of numerous international participants on the topics of Novel Sensors for Nuclear Radiation Measurement and on Advanced Sensor Systems and Networks. One was hosted by GTU in Georgia and one by TEI Piraeus, in Greece respectively.
The eRA – 7 International Scientific Conference has taken placed at TEI Piraeus and it was organised in cooperation with GTU and twelve more institutions from Europe and Russia. The eRA-8 Conference is going to take place 23-25 September 2013.
Furthermore, the Nanosensory Systems and Nanomaterials International Conference is going to take place in Tbilisi, Georgia from 6-9 June 2013.
Prof. Paata KERVALISHVILI
Coordinator, Georgian Technical University
Mr. Giles BRANDON