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Project started

The CONSORTIS project was started on the 1st of January, 2014. The kick-off meeting was held in January in Brussels. The duration of the project will be until December 2017.

Review meetings

The first CONSORTIS Review Meeting, covering the year 2014, was held at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, in February 2015. The second review meeting was held in February 2016 and the third one in February 2017.

Scientific peer reviewed journal papers

VTT, Asqella Oy and Aalto University published paper “Optical and electrical characterization a large kinetic inductance bolometer focal plane array” in IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology (Volume: PP, Issue: 99, 9th of January 2017).

InnovaSec Ltd and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (US) published paper “Terahertz components and systems for defence and security imaging” in Topical Review / The 2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap: Chapter 15 ( Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Volume 50, Number 4, 4th of January 2017).  

Conferences

In Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, on 9-11th of January, 2014, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen presented “Republican dignity and security".

In International Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics (WOLTE), Grenoble, France, 9th of July, 2014, VTT presented paper “Kinetic Inductance Bolometer Arrays for THz Camera".  

An industry perspective of Horizon 2020 was presented by the project in Security and Policing Exhibition and Conference on 12 March, 2015. CONSORTIS was cited as an example project. This annual exhibition and conference takes place annually in Farnborough, United Kingdom, and is jointly hosted by the trade association ADS and the UK Home Office. The elements of the project were presented in the walk-in conference area.

The quasi-optical system of CONSORTIS project was presented at the IEEE European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 2015, on 12 to 17 April, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. EuCAP is the largest European conference on antennas and propagation. The presentation relative to CONSORTIS was a poster presentation focused on the challenges the team faced during the design of the quasi-optical system of CONSORTIS. Basic concepts of quasi-optical designs at THz frequencies for near-field focusing were discussed.

CONSORTIS was represented in the Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging XVIII (http://spie.org/DEF/conferencedetails/passive-active-millimeter-wave-imaging) conference on 20 to 25 April, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The conference was a part of SPIE Defence + Security and Sensing (DSS2015) symposium. Three CONSORTIS papers were given. One was focused on the top-level system design and the development of system simulation to support CONSORTIS. The second paper was concerned with the sub-millimetre wave imaging system optical design with large field of view, the third one with multiplexable sub-mm detector arrays for radiometric imaging. CONSORTIS partners were also active in the organisation of this conference.

An invited presentation on CONSORTIS was given at the “Emerging Systems, Methods, and Applications for Microwave and THz Imaging workshop” held within the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (http://www.ims2015.org/workshops) in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, on 17-22 May, 2015. This presentation by a CONSORTIS partner described the use of simulated real time imagery to show how the combination of active and passive sensors can be used to advantage for security scanning.

The idea within CONSORTIS ethical research of individuals being owners of the political, leading to the politico-ethical requirement of procedural justice was presented at the MANCEPT 2015 conference on 1-3 September, 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom. A version of this paper were also presented at a research colloquium at the University of Hamburg (February 2015) and at the Institute for Humane Studies Summer Colloquium at Chapman University (Orange, California, United States, 9-12 July, 2015).

VTT presented paper "Bolometric kinetic inductance detector technology for submillimetre radiometric imaging" at SPIE Security + Defence, Toulouse, France, 22nd of September, 2015.

There was a presentation and a paper by the University of St Andrews on “Submillimetre wave 3D imaging radar for security applications” on 31st of March, 2016, at the IEE Colloquium on Millimetre-Wave and Terahertz Engineering Technology. The colloquium was held in London, United Kingdom.  

The quasi-optical system design of the passive imager of CONSORTIS presented at the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 2016, April 10th-15th, 2016, in Davos, Switzerland.

The theoretical analysis and performance evaluation of the KID bolometers to be used in the focal plane array of the passive imager of CONSORTIS presented at the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 2016, April 10th-15th, 2016, in Davos, Switzerland.

At SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing. Passive and Active Millimetre Wave Imaging XIX conference in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, the University of St Andrews presented paper “220GHz wideband 3D imaging radar for concealed object detection technology development and phenomenology studies” on 17th-21st of April, 2016.

An InnovaSec Ltd briefing on CONSORTIS was given at the European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP) 2016 Annual Conference on the 18th of April, 2016, in Bruges, Belgium.

A presentation and a paper was given by Wasa Millimetre Wave Ab and GOTMIC Ab on “Compact 340 GHz homodyne transceiver modules for FMWC imaging radar arrays” at IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2016 on 22nd-27th of May, 2016, in San Francisco, California, United States.

At IET Colloquium on Antennas, Wireless and Electromagnetics in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom on 26th of May, 2016, InnovaSec Ltd presented paper "Combining active and passive sub-millimetre wave imaging systems for security".

At the 41st International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz) on the 25th-30th of September, 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark, there were three CONSORTIS papers: 1) Delft University of Technology: "Wide field of view lens-based focusing system for security imagers at THz frequencies"; 2) Delft University of Technology: "Optimization of frequency selective absorbers for sub-mm security imagers"; 3) University of St Andrews: “Pathfinder — a high resolution 220 GHz imaging radar providing phenomenological data for security scanner development”.

At SPIE Europe Conference on Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology on the 26th-29th of September, 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, there was an invited talk by InnovaSec Ltd: "Sub-millimetre wave imaging and security – imaging performance and prediction".

Asqella Oy gave presentation "CONSORTIS - Combining active and passive sub-millimetre wave imaging systems for security” at the 2016 Airport Security Conference on 27th – 28th September, 2016, at Heathrow, London, United Kingdom.

University of St Andrews presented paper “A 220 GHz 3D imaging radar with sub-cm3 voxel resolution for security applications” at the 46th European Microwave Conference / 13th European Radar Conference on the 3rd-7th of October, 2016, in London, United Kingdom.  

Exhibitions

The CONSORTIS project participated in the EU Funded Research Projects exhibition at the European Day for Border Guards (ED4BG) on May 22, 2014, in Warsaw, Poland (http://www.ed4bg.eu/). This annual event presents Europe’s border-guard community with an opportunity to share experiences and best practice. It provides a forum for topical discussion, exchange of views between key border-management players, and a platform to bring together the worlds of public service and private industry.

Workshops

The project participated in “Workshop on European Funded Border Security Research Projects” in Warsaw, Poland, on 23rd of May, 2014.

At the MANCEPT (Manchester Centre for Political Theory) workshop, a paper was given on one of the foundational ideas of the ethical approach to CONSORTIS and its technology. The paper was presented within a workshop on "The current state of libertarian political philosophy". The conference took place on September 8-10, 2014, in Manchester, United Kingdom.

In the Workshop on High Frequency Coherent Arrays, a presentation was given by Wasa Millimetre Wave Ab on “THz Radars for Security Applications” on the 2nd of June, 2016, at Delft, the Netherlands.