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CONTEST (COllaborative Network for Training in Electronic Skin Technology) is a multi-site initial training network (ITN) funded by European Commission to work in the fast expanding field of flexible and large area electronics and applications. The CONTEST programme involves investigating various critical aspects of flexible electronics - all converging towards obtaining an electronically-enhanced and wearable smart skin. The silicon and organic materials based solutions will be investigated, yielding systems with the advantages of both. To this end, CONTEST brings together complementary expertise in flexible electronics, sensors, system integration, and robotics from nine key academic and research institutes, and industry.
CONTEST will push research frontiers towards:

  • Multifunctional Electronics.
  • Bendable and stretchable electronic systems over large areas.
  • Integration of organic and inorganic materials based components onto the same substrate.
  • Gathering “contact information” from large areas simultaneously, creating opportunities to extend the cognitive capabilities of robots, and in human-environment interfaces.

The CONTEST programme will provide multidisciplinary research training to young researchers in relevant fields such as flexible/bendable systems integration, fabrication technologies, new materials, robotics and human-environment interaction. The research training will be supplemented with a variety of complementary courses such as IPR, grant writing and exploiting the scientific results. Mobility within the network will ensure exposure to complementary academic and industrial research environments. CONTEST will thus leverage the strength of the EU in the field of large area flexible electronics, and trigger transformations in diverse sectors such as healthcare and robotics.