ACHIEVE-ITN counts on the expertise of 7 academic and 4 industrial research laboratories with demonstrated competence, located in 9 different countries. They offer an international, intersectoral and multidisciplinary environment for ESR training. The members of the consortium have a strong track record in image and vision sensor chips (CSIC, US, IMASENIC, UBFC, FLIR, KOVILTA), embedded vision systems (UCA, UC, PREFIXA) and cooperative vision algorithms (UGENT, UNIUD); not only in the production of excellent scientific results, but also in the transference of technology, with licensed patents and successful experiences in the creation of technology-based start-ups.
As mentioned, one of the goals of the research programme is to create a reference framework for multilevel and multidisciplinary optimization of complex distributed vision systems based on smart camera nodes. In order to accomplish this, the approach must be synergistic, trying to put the different backgrounds to work towards the same objective. This is something that has been cultivated by the members of the consortium from a period of time. The beneficiaries actively collaborate to establish an academic network on embedded vision systems and smart sensors. The major outcome has been the organisation of the Workshop on Architecture of Smart Cameras (WASC) since 2012. The purpose of this workshop is to create a place to share experiences and concerns while presenting the latest advances and work in progress. The setup is rather informal in order to foster discussion and promote collaboration between researchers from complementary disciplines. It has been held in Clermont-Ferrand 2012, Seville 2013, Pisa2014, Santiago de Compostela 2015, Dijon 2016, Cordoba 2017, Coimbra 2018 and Rennes 2019.