Welcome to the INFER project!

INFER was a major EU-funded project involving 38 researchers from organisations in three different countries. This includes Evonik Industries from Germany, one of the world's leading companies in the process industry; Research and Engineering Centre (REC) from Poland, a highly innovative software engineering company and the Smart Technology Research Centre of Bournemouth University in the UK, an interdisciplinary and integrative centre conducting research in the field of automated intelligent technologies.

INFER stands for Computational Intelligence Platform for Evolving and Robust Predictive Systems and was a project funded by the European Commission within the Marie Curie Industry and Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP) programme, with a runtime from July 2010 until June 2014. The programme offered researchers the possibility to move sector and country in order to provide, absorb and implement new knowledge in a professional industrial-academic environment.

The project focussed on pervasively adaptive software systems for the development of an open modular platform applicable in various commercial settings and industries. The main innovation of the project was a novel type of environment in which the “fittest” predictive model for whatever purpose would emerge –either autonomously or by user high-level goal-related assistance and feedback. Such system is beneficial for businesses relying on accurate ahead predictions of any type (e.g. customer behaviour, market conditions) and, at the same time, requiring an automated ability to react to changes in market or operational conditions.