After the final selection of LapTime Club’s most innovative ideas – out of the top 7 – and the Top Innovator, keep on listening to the two winning thinkers‘ voices, in order to better understand their ideas and discover a little more about them.
The second winning idea comes from Cristian Cascetta, a Search Technology Expert who proposes the following suggestion linked to the challenge “How internet of things (IOT) could be re-imagined and exploited in the Automotive Industry and racing?“.
In the heat of the race, the only connection between the real-time data stream of telemetry and the technical knowledge about the vehicle is in the head of race technicians.
Decision-making is based on the capability of race tecnician of “making sense” of the real-time data, based on his personal knowledge of the vehicle as a system and as the sum of every single component.
I propose to create a knowledge management system capable of “digesting “all the technical documentation of every single component of the vehicle – third party components tech specs, manuals, annotations coming from technical meetings with the different suppliers – and the technical documentation – including cad drawings, race and test debriefing documents, etc. – created inside the team. Also the race rules and regulations will be part of the knowledge base.
All this massive corpus of information will be immediately searchable and will work as a memory extension for race techicians to support and enforce the rapid decision making… But more interestingly the computer will be able to anticipate the technician questions and queries to the knowledge base presenting in real time a list of link to relevant techincal docs and information based on the actual race context.
A great idea, chosen among many others. By the way, Cristian has also stood out as a Top Innovator, for its continuos participation within the community.
Are you curious to know how to support and enforce rapid decision-making and help technicians “making sense” of data? Do not miss the interview focused on Cristian’s experience, dreams and great passion for the world of innovation.
HELLO CRISTIAN, NICE TO MEET YOU. CAN YOU SUMMARIZE YOUR WINNING IDEA IN A FEW WORDS?
To take the right decisions, race technicians must “make sense” of a huge amount of real-time data, using their experience and their knowledge of the vehicle. All this knowledge is either stored in the head of technicians or “closed” into some of the thousand documents of tech specs, briefing reports, rules and regulations following the racecar history.
My idea is to embed a knowledge management system in WinTAX to open up all this knowledge and make it available to decision makers using Search Technologies. WinTAX users can immediately access the knowledge base, but more importantly, WinTAX can automatically retrieve the most relevant information using triggers based in the real time data coming from sensor by means of a semi-automatic contextual search engine.
WHERE DID YOU GET INSPIRATION FROM?
As a Search Technology Expert I work with large collections of documents to help people find the information they need, discover unexpected knowledge and make sense of it. And as a racecar and motorsport enthusiast, I absolutely wanted to be part of LapTime Club, so I started thinking of how to use my experience to improve WinTAX.
The key was to think to a racecar not only as a technical artifact, but also as an incredible social object. So many people are involved with it, and they share a huge amount of knowledge through different communication channel. Every communication exchange is an inscription, a document.
Nobody can store all this knowledge in his head and effectively retrieve it in the right moment, expecially in a complex, stressful moment as a race always is. That’s where knowledge management and information retrival come in!
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH MAGNETI MARELLI WINTAX AND DATA SIMULATION TOOLS?
Not at all! That’s what made it such an interesting innovation challenge.
I’m familiar with data analysis tools, but applied to text – as digital humanities instruments – not to numerical data. But I’m also very interested in data visualization techniques, to synthesize huge amount of information in visual, new exploratory ways.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT MAGNETI MARELLI LAPTIME CLUB AND ITS OPEN INNOVATION APPROACH?
It’s a great approach. Magneti Marelli interpreted open innovation in a great way, I expecially appreciated the mix of challenges proposed to the community, with some very specific technical challenges mixed with “big picture” challenges as team collaboration or simulation. It enables high profile technicians to express their excellence, but also total outsider like me to bring in some knowledge from other industries. So thanks Magneti Marelli for the great opportunity!
Thank you Cristian for your words and your participation. Both Alessandro Sarcina and Cristian Cascetta will meet Magneti Marelli Managers and Tech Specialists in the company’s headquarters on16th December 2014, and will have the chance to explain more in-depth their suggestions.
After the selection of the winning ideas, The LapTime Club continues its road to innovation becoming a permanent Tech laboratory. Don’t miss this great occasions to enter into Magneti Marelli World, while broadening your worldwide network of Tech Innovators and Young Talents. For example, check and participate to the new challenge: what about introducing infotainment in the motorsport industry? Start contributing by posting your best ideas!