Consortium

Universität Duisburg-Essen

The Networked Embedded Systems (NES) group was founded in 2009 with the change in position of Prof. Pedro José Marrón, the head of the group, from the Universität Bonn to the Universität Duisburg-Essen. Scientists at NES have worked on research and development projects for government agencies, associations and industry. Examples of European projects, where current members of NES have worked on, are the Embedded WiSeNts coordination action, AWARE and EMMA. The overall objective of Embedded WiSeNts was to formulate a roadmap for wireless sensor networks and cooperating embedded systems. The members of NES were directly responsible for the development of the roadmap, interaction with the industry and dissemination activities related to the coordination. The goal of AWARE was to combine the capabilities of UAVs, robots, cameras and sensor networks to fight the spread of fire. Currently, NES is participating as a founding member in the projects PECES and NOBEL, both of them funded by the EC. Furthermore, the NES group is coordinating PLANET and CONET. PLANET is an Integrated Project dealing with efficient deployment of sensor networks. CONET is the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence, composed of 11 universities and 5 major companies as founding members, whose main goal is the establishment of a strong community in the area of Cooperating Objects capable of conducting the research needed to achieve the vision of Ubiquitous Computing.

ETRA Investigacion y Desarrollo

ETRA I+D Investigación y Desarrollo, S.A. (ETRA I+D) is the hi-tech unit within ETRA Group, one of the leading industrial groups in Spain. Its mission is putting in the market the most advanced solutions and services either directly or through the 10 companies of the Group. The main market areas of ETRA Group are Spain, South-Central America, South East and the EU. The activity of the company –with a turnover of 200 M€ and a staff of 2000- started in the 70’s and it is centered in four main activity lines: urban and interurban traffic (with more than 25 major cities using ETRA I+D's systems), transport, energy management and access control systems. ETRA is one of the major Spanish Industrial Groups working in the area of technology for real time distributed control and regenerative management systems. It brings into the project its expertise in research and development of new technologies and applications as well as a long success record in managing large scale complex EU RTD projects for DG Research, DG TREN and DG INFSO –e.g. The success record of the company includes more than 40 projects –half of them led by ETRA I+D- in FP3, 4, 5 and 6. IST-2005-034097 EMMA and IST-2005-027329 TRACKSS are recent examples of large FP6 projects led by ETRA I+D.

Aristech

Aristech GmbH is a leading supplier of advanced software to allow seamless man-machine interaction (MMI). Aristech solutions are based on a combination of Aristech’s own technology and key technology partnerships. Though itself a young company Aristech can rely on a team of speech technology experts with extensive experience in this area.
Reliable and proven components of highly innovative speech recognition and speech synthesizing kernels offer custom cost effective business solutions in the speech arena. In cooperation with the British company Cereproc Aristech develops text-to-speech voices which are characterized by their pleasant and non-artifial sound making them hard to distinguish from a real human speaker. In the area of speech recognition Aristech has developed smart and highly innovative algorithms to improve the quality of today’s statistics based speech recognition engines by focusing on linguistics and semantics. Furthermore Aristech offers solutions to analyze completely free speech input and find semantic structures within it which allows a conversion from free speech into structured data. With these outstanding approaches to speech technology Aristech can claim a clear head start when it comes to text-to-speech and speech recognition quality.

National University of Ireland, Galway  

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is a leading research institute in Web Science, networked knowledge and semantic technologies. DERI has developed an institute strategy around “Networked Knowledge” topic with the goal of linking knowledge on the Web and information from the Internet of Things into one global information space. DERI performs research on the Semantic Web, Linked Data, sensor network platforms, semantic technologies, and social networks. In the areas of Semantic Web and Linked Data, NUIG-DERI develops advanced infrastructures, which facilitate collaborative social working environments, scalable search, storage and reasoning engines, distributed computing, and ontology development. In sensor networks, NUIG-DERI is co-developer (together with EPFL, Switzerland) of the Global Sensor Networks (GSN) platform which provides a flexible middleware layer which abstracts from the underlying, heterogeneous sensor network technologies. Research results are applied to solve integration problems in areas such as eLearning, eGovernment, eBusiness, and eHealth and DERI is involved in more than 10 standardization groups in W3C and OASIS. NUIG-DERI members actively participate in a number of sensor network and semantic community initiatives and standardization activities closely related to this project such as the Wireless Sensors Enterprise Led Network (Ireland), the W3C Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Working Group, the Social Web Incubator Group and the SPARQL Working Group in W3C, co-chaired by DERI. DERI’s SIOC – Semantically Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC) – an ontology to describe online communities, is a member submission to the W3C and used in more than 50 applications including Drupal and Yahoo! SearchMonkey. NUIG-DERI actively participates in and leads research funded by the EU FP6 program (DIP, SUPER, SemanticGov, NEPOMUK, TripCom, RIDE), the EU FP7 program (SPITFIRE, CONET, PECES, LATC, OKKAM, FAST, eCAALYX, Rural Inclusion, WAVE, EATRAIN2, etc.), Science Foundation Ireland (LION-2) and Enterprise Ireland (SAOR, LITE).

The Open University 

The Pervasive Interaction Lab at the Open University, co-directed by Prof. Gerd Kortuem and Dr. Janet van der Linden, is concerned with technological and human aspects of pervasive/ubiquitous computing, exploring the possible interactions between people, technologies and representations. A main focus of the lab is on augmenting and extending everyday, learning and work activities. The lab brings together over twenty academics from various disciplines such computer science, engineering, cognitive science, sociology, design and psychology. The Pervasive Interaction Lab is part of the Centre for Research in Computing (CRC) at the Open University, a collaborative infrastructure that combines more than 100 Computing researchers, from the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), the Institute of Educational Technology (IET), and the Department of Computing. The Pervasive Interaction Lab, represented by Prof. Gerd Kortuem and Dr. Linden, will be leading the user interface activities of the GAMBAS project. The investigators have extensive experience in the area of context‐awareness, context‐aware interfaces, and design and evaluation of interactive systems. This is evidenced by a strong publication record in relevant proceedings and journals.

Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid

The EMT Madrid (“Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid S.A.”) is a public company created in 1947, it is owned by the Madrid council. It runs the bus transport service in the municipality of Madrid and is the largest company in Spain in its industry. It is integrated in the “Consorcio Regional de Transportes” (Regional transport authority) which coordinates the transport offer in Madrid City and surroundings. Nowadays, EMT employs nearly 8000 workers and 2100 buses are available to travel in 217 routes across Madrid. Yearly, the EMT’s buses are travelling more than 100 million kilometers, carrying 440 million passengers. Apart of the transport offer of EMT, which it is positioning the company as the most important in Madrid traffic system, the company is in the cutting edge of Intelligent Transport Systems and Customer Information Systems. The EMT of Madrid is really concern with the fact of improving the service given to the passengers and those investments will mean a better service to the population.