01 / Waterford Institute of Technology
WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East region of Ireland and one of the largest Institutes of Technology's in Ireland. The Institute's range and scope reflect the changing needs of the southeast as well as the country as a whole. WIT hosts the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG). The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation.
02 / Barcelona Supercomputing Center
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC), created in 2005, has the mission to research, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. At the BSC, more than 350 people from 40 different countries perform and facilitate research into Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering. The BSC is one of the four hosting members of the European PRACE Research Infrastructure as well as one of the first eight Spanish “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” awarded by the Spanish Government.
03 / Bull SA
Bull is the Atos brand for its technology products and software, which are today distributed in over 72 countries worldwide. With a rich heritage of over 80 years of technological innovation, 2,000 patents and a 700 strong R&D team supported by the Atos Scientific Community, it offers products and value-added software to assist clients in their digital transformation, specifically in the areas of Big Data and cyber security. Bull is the European leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) and its products include the energy-efficient supercomputer that is based on a system patented by the company; bullion, one of the most powerful x86 servers in the world developed to meet the challenges of Big Data.
04 / CINECA Consorzio Interuniversitario
CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario established in 1969, is a non-profit consortium of 70 Italian Universities, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), the National Research Council (CNR), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Cineca is the largest Italian supercomputing centre with an HPC/HPDA environment equipped with cutting-edge technology and highly-qualified personnel which cooperates with researchers in the use of the infrastructure, in both the academic and industrial fields.
05 / University of Stuttgart - High Performance Computing Centre
The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is a research and service institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart. Founded in 1829, the foremost aim of the University of Stuttgart in research and teaching lies in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences. The university with its 140 institutes distributed over 10 faculties, 5,000 employees, and about 16,000 students has a strong impact in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s traditional high-tech region. HLRS is a research and service institution affiliated to the Information Centre of the University of Stuttgart. It is one of the three national supercomputing centers in Germany and one of the three members of the GAUSS Centre for Supercomputing, offering services to users from academia and industry.
06 / Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej PAN
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was established in 1993 by the State Committee for Scientific Research. PSNC is responsible for the management of the countrywide Polish National Research and Educational Network (NREN) PIONIER, which is built on PSNC’s own fibres and is connected to the GEANT2 network. From the very beginning PSNC has been a key player in the development of the polish e-Infrastructure, currently serving as an HPC service provider, network services provider, and operator of the Poznan Metropolitan Area Network (POZMAN), the Polish national scientific TV platform (PlatonTV), and the national digital library federation.
07 / Ryax Technologies
Ryax Technologies is an early stage startup driven by the vision to provide the next generation resource and compute management system of hybrid Big Data infrastructures. Technology moves fast and now we are entering a new age of computing where the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics deal with petabytes of data while applications from augmented reality to autonomous driving need extreme low latency responses. The efficient orchestration of compute workloads executed upon hybrid and complex infrastructures requires the latest innovations from different areas of computer science including microservices architectures, stream and batch processing, distributed computing, large-scale system design, security and privacy, user interface design, machine learning, and more.
08 / EXODUS SA
EXODUS is an enterprise software company specializing in credit risk management, digital transformation services and innovation management. EXODUS was founded with the vision to simplify enterprise software, make it simple, accessible and exciting. With headquarters in London and a branch in Athens, EXODUS supports organisations worldwide to improve their results by introducing simplicity & intelligence in their business processes through state of the art technology. EXODUS designs, creates and markets software solutions and services in several business areas such as finance, e-health, e-learning, and security. The company aims at leveraging its successful track record in view of delivering cutting edge innovation to its customers. Its flagship product ‘EXODUS Financial Suite’ was ranked “Best in Class in the world” from the CEB Tower group in 2016.
09 / LEANXCALE SL
LeanXcale is a spinoff company from the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - UPM), developing an ultra-scalable transactional database that is full-SQL with Analytical capabilities (HTAP database). Founded in 2015, LeanXcale is established on deep technical research into distributed systems and data management. The professors leading the Distributed Systems Lab (LSD) at UPM, co-founders of LeanXcale, decided to discard over 15 years’ worth of research and start from scratch to conceive and architect a radically different transactional manager that could scale without limits.
10 / Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) was founded in 1992 so as to support the performance of top-quality research, development activities and the provision of scientific service to private and public bodies. Essentially the mission of ICCS was to support the deployment, the realisation and the growth of the research priorities of ECE mainly through seeking, pursuing and acquiring funding via the competitive calls for research proposals or for technical assistance/ consulting projects funded by National Authorities and/ or International Donors. ICCS will participate in this project through two of its member labs: Computing Systems Laboratory (CSLab) and Decision Support Systems Laboratory (DSSLab).
11 / Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas
CERTH founded in 2000 is one of the leading research centers in Greece and listed among the TOP-20 E.U. research institutions with the highest participation in competitive research grants. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition and many more.
12 / Tampere University of Technology
TUT conducts scientific research in technology and architecture and provides higher education within these fields, employing roughly 1,700 staff and currently educating about 9,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The University operates in close collaboration with business life and other facets of society and produces high-standard services within its range of tasks. TUT is Finland's most international University when evaluated according to the number of visiting researchers. Established in 1965 and operating as a foundation from 2010, TUT has grown to become a significant influence on technology in Finland and abroad. TUT plays a pivotal role as an advocate of business life, internationalization and well-being in the Tampere region and western Finland as a whole.
13 / University of Piraeus Research Center
The University of Piraeus was founded in 1938 under the title of the “School for Industrial Studies”, by the Industrialists and Tradesmen Association. Today, the following nine Departments are run by the University of Piraeus: i) Economics, ii) Business Administration, iii) Statistics and Insurance Science, iv) Financial Management and Banking, v) Industrial Management, vi) Maritime Studies, vii) Informatics, viii) Digital Systems and ix) International and European Studies. The Department of Digital Systems covers the areas of digital/network services, broadband (wireless and optical) networks, as well as the security of digital systems. The department’s research staff consists of 25 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral researchers and 75 PhD candidates, whose collective expertise covers many key areas in distributed systems and services.
14 / UBITECH
UBITECH is a leading, highly innovative software house, systems integrator and technology provider, established to provide leading edge intelligent technical solutions and consulting services to businesses, organizations and government in order to allow the efficient and effective secure access and communication with various heterogeneous information resources and services, anytime and anywhere. UBITECH enables real-time valid information processing and decision-making, the realization of intelligent business environments, and B2B and B2C transactions by providing high added-value business –oriented and –based solutions. UBITECH has been established in Athens, Greece back in 2005, concentrated initially in the Greek and Balkan market and acquiring several EC and national grants for novel R&D initiatives. Currently, UBITECH has extended its operations with targeted international activities through its subsidiaries, representation offices, business partners and affiliated companies in Limassol (Cyprus), Madrid (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Guayaquil (Ecuador), concentrating mainly in the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and Latin America.
15 / Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited
Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited (Suite5) is an Information Technology Solutions and Services SME whose mission is to deliver innovative data-driven intelligence solutions through state-of-the art technologies, required for any organisation to be placed at the forefront of competition through greater efficiency. By combining strong technology know-how and hands-on approach in managing and implementing projects commissioned by the public and the private sector, Suite5 provides research-inspired solutions and practical support for its clients in order to leverage business and crowd intelligence into their everyday operations.
16 / INTRASOFT International SA
INTRASOFT International is a leading European IT Solutions and Services Group with strong international presence, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organisations. The company employs more than 1600 highly-skilled professionals, representing over 20 different nationalities and mastering more than 18 languages. With headquarters in Luxembourg, INTRASOFT International operates through its operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 17 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UK, UAE, USA and Yemen. More than 500 organizations in over 70 countries worldwide (Institutions and Agencies of the European Union, National Government Organizations, Public Agencies, Financial Institutions, Telecommunication Organizations, and Private Enterprises) have chosen the company’s services and solutions to fulfil their business needs.
17 / ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Engineering is the leading Italian software and services group, with 9,000 employees and 50 sites distributed in Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Republic of Serbia, South America (Brazil and Argentina) and United States, a consolidated revenue portfolio in 2016 of 934,6 M€. Engineering has a consolidated presence on all vertical markets and operates through its 4 business units - Public Administration & Healthcare, Telco & Utilities, Industry & Services, Finance - supported by cross-business unit centres of competence and by the Research and Innovation Department which has the dual role of promoting research on software at an international level and transferring innovation to the production cycle of the business structures.
18 / Wageningen University
Wageningen University in the Netherlands is a top research and education institute, well known for its inter-disciplinary innovative approaches in the agri-food and environmental sciences. Wageningen is one of the top-ranked universities in the world in the fields of agricultural and environmental sciences. The Information Technology group (INF) aims to contribute to the state-of-the-art of smart systems and data science to support innovations in life and agri-food sciences. We study data challenges and application which deal with data storage, management, interoperability, semantics to machine learning, artificial intelligence and data-driven innovations from gene to fork.
19 / Wageningen Research
Stichting Wageningen Research (WR) consists of a number of specialised institutes for applied research in the domain of healthy food and living environment. WR collaborates with Wageningen University under the external brand name Wageningen University & Research. The research institute involved in this proposal is Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR), a research institute within the legal entity Stichting Wageningen Research
20 / BioSense Institute
BioSense Institute (BIOS) coordinates, focuses and advances research, introduction and promotion of state-of-the-art ICT solutions in agriculture, ecology, environmental protection, water management and industry. BioSense Institute is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary scientific research institute and a regional provider of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) in agriculture and environmental monitoring. In BioSense Institute, recognized by EC as a "scientific lighthouse in the region" and thus financed for further reinforcement of Institute itself and its infrastructures, novel scientific concepts such as “smart dust”, “crowdsourcing”, “compressed sensing”, “digital fountain” and “open innovation” are not only becoming a reality but are also put in action in various mission-critical real-life cases.
21 / Donau Soja
Donau Soja (DS) is a non-profit membership-based organisation headquartered in Vienna and founded in 2012. Its mission is to support the sustainable production of soy in Europe and the building of viable, legume-based value chains. DS provides a foundation for the production of high quality, safe origin, certified food and feed soy in Europe. It is an international (Europe-wide), multi-actor organisation involving all participants along the value-chain (farmers unions, feed producers, livestock enterprises, supermarket chains and traders), NGOs and public bodies such as regional authorities. Government Ministries in 14 countries of the Danube Region support Donau Soja through the Donau Soja declaration (www.donausoja.org/en/danube-soya/about-us/danube-soya-declaration ). DS has a Europe-wide reach through its Europe Soya programme and declaration.
22 / AGRO-KNOW BVBA
AGROKNOW is an extraordinary SME that finds, connects and delivers agriculture and food information worldwide. It has been founded in 2008 to grow into a pioneering data company that is supporting organisations and networks worldwide. The work of AGROKNOW goes beyond the open and big data trends, into using data to solve real problems that may transform the way in which research, education and innovation is taking place in agriculture, food and the environment. It currently employs a team of about twenty (25) people. AGROKNOW is among a core group of internationally recognised stakeholders that lead the development and operation of a scientific data infrastructure to serve European scientists and serve as the thematic hub of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This group of stakeholders includes (among others): the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the French National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA), the Wageningen University and Research Center, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).
23 / GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U.
GMV Areospace and Defence S.A.U. (www.gmv.com), a privately-owned, technology multinational industrial group founded in 1984 and headquartered in Madrid (Spain), with affiliates and offices in more than 10 countries: Spain, USA, Portugal, Germany, France, Poland, India, Romania, Malaysia, Colombia and UK. GMV is talented by more than 1500 skilled staff and provides revenues figures of 160+MEUR. It embraces several filials devoted to specific markets which collaborates together to provide the cut-of-the-edge innovations for the citizens´ benefits. GMV owns that international network of offices ready to support the project results beyond project duration. GMV technology is deployed at customers all around the world. This extensive network allows marketing our products and services in a very professional and efficient manner. GMV is committed to innovation, dedicating more than 10% of its profits to Research and Development activities. GMV is Full Member of the EU BDVA (Big Data Value Association). Moreover, GMV has a track record of 27 patents.
24 / Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries de la Comunitat Valenciana
CACV is the entity that represents and defends the interests of cooperative companies in the Valencian Region (Spain). CACV groups 265 agri-food entities that represent 90% of the total existing in the Valencian Community. These cooperatives that add up to 200,000 members and generate employment for more than 21,000 people have invoiced more than 2 million euros in 2017. In CACV there are representative cooperatives of 8 agri-food sectors and, in addition to their activity as body of representation, develops all kinds of services of agrarian nature: technical advice and business, coordination of SAEs (Farm Advisory System), ATRIAs, organization and development of training activities, collaboration in pest control, etc. CACV participates in projects not specifically agricultural with other organizations in the field of cooperation. CACV is associated with Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias de España (the Spanish Confederation of agri-food Cooperatives) and in turn to COGECA (European Agri-Cooperatives).
25 / University of Strathclyde
Strathclyde has a portfolio of ~80 European collaborative research contracts funded by the European Commission (the vast majority from the Seventh Framework Programme of Research – FP7) amounting to >€29m research income to the University. USTRATH is coordinating six of these, and there is contractual and legal support in the Department of Research and Knowledge Exchange Services for the negotiation of Grant Agreements, drafting and signing of Consortium Agreements with partners, and helping deal with any problems that arise in project operation, as well as from the University’s Finance Office, which is hugely experienced in dealing with the financial and accounting aspects of EU collaborative projects, in cases where the University is coordinator or partner.
26 / EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries. Through this research, ILVO accumulates fundamental and applied knowledge which is vital for the improvement of products and production methods for quality control and the safety of end products, and for the amelioration of policy instruments as a foundation for sector development and agricultural policy for rural areas. ILVO is divided in four units: the Animal Sciences Unit, the Social Sciences Unit, the Plant Sciences Unit and the Technology and Food Sciences Unit. The latter will be mainly responsible for the work in this proposal, in close collaboration with the Animal Sciences Unit.
27 / Vion Food Netherlands BV
Vion is an international meat producer with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany and sales support offices in sixteen countries worldwide. The product portfolio of Vion includes fresh pork and fresh beef, and derived products for retail, foodservice and the processed meat industries. Every day more than a 100 million consumers eat a product with meat from of Vion Food. Vion supplies customers in its home markets of the Netherlands and Germany, other countries in Europe and the rest of the world. Vion’s headquarters are located in Boxtel (the Netherlands). Vion Holding N.V. is an unlisted company and has one indirect shareholder, NCB Ontwikkeling, which is affiliated with the Southern Agricultural and Horticultural Organisation (ZLTO). ZLTO is an association for entrepreneurs working in agricultural sectors and has approximately 16,000 members in the Netherlands regions Noord Brabant, Zeeland and the southern part of Gelderland.
28 / INTEGRATED INFORMATION SYSTEMS SA
INTEGRATED INFORMATION SYSTEM SA (I2S) is a Small to Medium Sized organization currently employing twenty two people and is growing. The company was established in 1997 with offices in Rhodes and Athens. I2S is a high-tech company specialized in the area of software technology, data analytics, sensors and data loggers for aquaculture. Our mission is to develop and deliver innovative technology that helps companies to lower production costs, increase profitability, improve operational efficiency and carry out business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. We want to have a positive impact on the sector and contribute in the transformation of aquaculture from experience-based to knowledge-based. The main activities of the company are development of IT solutions primarily for the aquaculture sector.
29 / University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and today has approx. 39,000 students and 9,000 employees – of whom some 5,000 are researchers. The University of Copenhagen is ranked as number 22 in Europe in the QS World University Rankings. One of the main scientific foci of the center for Production, Nutrition and Health within the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is the utilization of automatically collected data from animal production for detection of diseases and other events, as well as management support for the farmers.
30 / Evenflow SPRL
Evenflow (EVF) is a strategy and communications consultancy specialised in the promotion, exploitation and adoption of innovative technologies. Headquartered in Brussels, the company offers independent services in the main areas of communication and exploitation, business development support, strategy and management consulting (cost-benefit analyses and business modelling), and project coordination support. Evenflow is actively involved in the conceptualisation and implementation of high-impact, collaborative projects related to the uptake of space-based (Earth Observation-Copernicus and Satellite Navigation-EGNSS) solutions, often in combination with other innovative technologies such as crowdsourcing and UAVs. To that end, Evenflow provides value-adding consultancy services focussing on the strong engagement of relevant stakeholders, the detailed analysis of user requirements and the effective bridging of R&D results to market opportunities and societal needs.
31 / Open Geospatial Consortium Europe
The OGC is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location-based services. The (currently) 530+ member organizations (companies, government agencies, and universities) participate in OGC consensus processes, providing a venue to deploy the results of research to "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.