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Apr 28, 2017

Team Clustergy is made up of five students from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. The team has reached Phase 2 of the Valeo Innovation Challenge 2016, competing in the “Technological Innovation” category. They now have until July 13, 2017 to create and design a prototype, using a €5,000 grant from Valeo. 

An experience above all

Participating in the challenge is an opportunity to improve their teamwork and to collaborate for the best possible concept. If the team was to be qualified for the finals, presenting their project in front of an international jury would be very gratifying. However, winning or not, the team is convinced that their involvement in the challenge will result improving their overall abilities (presentation, business, team spirit…). “Facing and surpassing different difficulties during the contest will provide us with valuable experience”.

Team mates for many years, the team members know each other very well. They sometimes had to work night and day to make prototypes for a specific project they worked on. It brought them closer together, to finally turn them into inseparable friends. After taking the decision to participate in the Challenge, it was only a matter of hours before the team came to an agreement about task division, according to each member’s knowledge and strengths.

Different roles, same purpose

But who are the Clustergy team members we are talking about? Christos Krasopoulos, the team leader, is studying for a PhD and is responsible for the synthesis of the project, and for the system’s architecture. PhD student as well, Anastasis has a great know-how in dynamic model simulations. Maria is a postgraduate marine engineering student, and works as a performance engineer in a shipping company at the same time. She advises the team concerning traffic management and networks.  Perfectionist, Nikalaos Kouros is an electrical and computer engineering senior student, expert in 3D design and programming. Last but not least, Panagiotis attends the “Management & Economics of Telecommunication Networks” and “Automation Systems” master programs simultaneously. This is why he focuses on Management of Telecommunication Networks in this project.

They think that the team’s strengths cover all the scientific fields required to properly address the subject of the Challenge: come up with an innovation which would, between now and 2030, make the car and the way it is used more intelligent, clean, intuitive, green and fun. An expertise which has led them to Phase 2: “We instantly decided to meet in the evening to celebrate with a glass of wine!” explains Christos about their reaction when they heard about their selection.

Travelling without fear

For the team, the most impressive innovation from the last 10 years is the autonomous driving. That is why they see the 2030 car as a perfectly autonomous one, with advanced sensors and internal computers allowing it to avoid all types of crashes. “People will be able to travel without the fear of having an accident”. Traffic management techniques could also be applied to eliminate congestions and provide ultra-fast trips. For the team members, innovation is about finding new means to make people’s lives easier.

If they were to win the competition, the team plans to launch a start-up based on their project. “Such an important prize would give us the opportunity to innovate freely and uncompromisingly”.

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