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In a search of challenging projects: Cosylab Switzerland joins SWISSMEM and the Swiss Aerospace Cluster (SAC)

18.10.18

Cosy lab's expereince in working with highly-complex projects can help industry implement the most challenging ideas.

  • Cosy lab's expereince in working with highly-complex projects can help industry implement the most challenging ideas.

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Cosylab is a globally recognized provider of control systems for particle accelerators. With many years of experience working on highly-complex, demanding research projects, the company is now looking to apply its know-how to industrial challenges in the fields of real-time control systems, automation, robotics, energy, biotech, aerospace, and other industries. Its Swiss branch, stationed at PARK INNOVAARE, has now become a member of two leading industrial associations: SWISSMEM and Swiss Aerospace Cluster.

Whether dealing with a network of radio telescopes, a particle accelerator, or a nuclear fusion reactor, large-scale scientific and research projects require state-of-the-art software and electronics, precise synchronization, and the integration of heterogeneous systems. For Cosylab, an international academic spin-off of the Josef Stefan Institute with branches in China, Japan, Sweden, the US, and Switzerland, such systems are daily bread and butter. The company provides services for major scientific research projects worldwide, such as the X-ray Free Electron Laser SwissFEL at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France, the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI-NP) in Romania, and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Germany, just to mention some European sites.

From cancer treatment to kernel qualification

Cosylab’s capability of addressing such complex, demanding projects and its extensive experience in finding innovative solutions are also very valuable in industrial settings. The company provides and integrates software solutions for safer, more effective, more affordable proton therapy for cancer treatment and has been working with medical technology industry leaders such as Varian and large centers such as MedAustron. Another example of an industrial application of Cosylab’s know-how is its solution for QualySense, a pioneer in automated single-kernel analysis. Cosylab provided the expertise to help define requirements and build an advanced, real-time control system that is able to achieve unmatched sorting precision for grains, seeds, or beans, based on the algorithms developed by QualySense. This revolutionary approach will contribute to food supply safety and sustainability.

On the quest for new challenges

Now, Cosylab is looking for other industrial partners seeking to address technological challenges related to the integration and synchronization of diverse devices, the automation of time-critical operation, and monitoring and control systems. To build stronger relationships with the industry and to better understand its needs, the company has recently joined Swissmem, the leading association for Switzerland's mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM industries) and related technology-oriented sectors.

In addition, Cosylab has recently expanded its activities to the aerospace domain and has now also become a member of the Swiss Aerospace Cluster (SAC), which brings together aerospace suppliers, research institutions and industry to promote the transfer of technology and knowledge. The team is excited about the upcoming projects in this area.


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