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Sunday, 03 November 2013 15:53


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Our project ended on 31 October.

This Blog is launched to keep discussions ongoing about exploratory ICT in mining.

We are proposing 11 Call topics to be published under the FET Programme of Horizon2020:

Thematic Area I - Evolution Underground
Call 1 Bio-inspired underground technologies.
Call 2 Microbiology-Energy-ICT Convergence for machine autonomy.
Call 3 Underground machine evolution.
Thematic Area II - Resilient Artificial Ecosystems
Call 1 Beyond pervasive adaptation.
Call 2 Machine-repairable machines.
Call 3 Heavy-duty swarm robotics underground.
Thematic Area III - Broadband through the Rock
Call 1 Breakthrough data transmission technologies.
Call 2 Self-organised in-mine communication.
Call 3 SwarmCom.
Thematic Area IV (2 Cross-cutting Calls)
Call 1 Smart Systems Integration.
Call 2 Coordinating communities - Resilient Robotics for Future Mining.

The underlying research challenges are so profound and revolutionary that calling on such topics would contribute to the development of research areas beyond mining, eventually
strengthening European research excellence in exploratory ICT. There are several technological areas that could not have been developed into Call Topics within the short
timeframe of the EXTRACT-IT project (12 months). The objective of EXTRACT-IT was to start up a dialogue and “be the first step on the way towards future European scientific and
industrial leadership in areas that today simply do not exist yet.” The multi-disciplinary networking around mining and emerging ICT must therefore continue.

Are there any topics that should to be addressed in a follow-up investigation?

Post your comments and ideas here.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:22

Europe self-sustained in metallic minerals?

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A trans-European assessment programme financed by the European Science Foundation on Geodynamics and Ore Deposit Evolution (GEODE) confirmed the existence of vast mineral deposits in Europe. Other studies also concluded that Europe is rich in minerals, in fact some individual mineral deposits are so huge as to deserve „world-class status”. An ongoing FP7 investigation PROMINE (http://promine.gtk.fi/) is developing the first pan-European GIS-based database containing the known and predicted metalliferous resources, and is calculating the volumes of potentially strategic metals and minerals that are currently not extracted in Europe. Several other studies have also established from a geological perspective that there are a great number of mineral commodities available in Europe and theoretically high levels of self-sustainability could be reached on most metallic minerals needed by the high-tech industry.