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University of Oslo, Norway

Founded in 1811, UoO is Norway’s oldest and largest public institution of research and higher education with 27 000 students and 7000 employees. UoO offers world-class research and learning experience through its eight faculties at the University, in addition there are the Viking ships museum, the Historical museum, the Natural history museum and the Main library, with 3.6 million items. UoO focuses on research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the country. As of 2012, 13% of the student population is from foreign countries. 17.5% of the academic staff and 26% of the PhD candidates are from abroad.
UoO is ranked among the 100 top universities in the world. The University of Oslo has several National Centres of Excellence (CoEs), and is an active player in European research activities, with more than 100 projects funded so far in EUs 7th Framework Programme. Five Nobel Prize winners indicate the quality of the research at the University.
The Department of Informatics (IFI) was established in 1977 when a division of the Mathematics Department merged with a division of the Department of Physics. IFI was a pioneer offering the very first lectures within computer science in Norway. The department has a wide range of courses and study programmes, with 800 undergraduates, 450 master's students and 220 PhD students. IFI has a research environment with 13 research groups and around 250 research staff, producing around 350 publications annually., Poland

7bulls is a private Polish company specializing in software development as well as implementation and integration of IT systems. The company was founded in 1999 and has been dynamically growing ever since, working on comprehensive IT solutions for a variety of clients from Poland, Western Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
In 2009, two new subsidiaries were founded as a start of the 7bulls Group, currently made of companies specialising in particular business sectors:
DCC Labs – providing services for the digital television market, – supplying technologies for the publishing sector,
Qualiac Polska – offering integrated IT ERP system dedicated to support company management,
FCR – delivering document management solution for finance sector.
Currently, the 7bulls team is composed of about 170 people (mainly software developers, analysts, and testers) working from three offices in Warsaw, Torun and Paris.
The 7bulls Group companies, including 7bulls itself, were listed among the winners of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe ranking in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

CAS Software, Germany

Well Informed. Always and Everywhere“. This motto reflects the philosophy of CAS Software AG. Founded in 1986, CAS Software has become the German, market-leading innovator for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and is the leading expert for eXtended relationship management (xRM) in Europe. With over 250 FTEs working in Karlsruhe, CAS Software serves more than 200.000 users and over 7500 customer companies and organizations worldwide. Via strategic partnerships, CAS Software is already represented in 30 countries on 3 continents. CAS Software maintains an elaborated partner model with more than 145 software houses in Germany and 60 others worldwide, developing solutions based on CAS Software technology.
CAS Software received numerous awards for its innovative product portfolio and outstanding success of customer projects, including the "European IT Prize" in the TOP 100 poll in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2006 and 2011, CAS won the renowned award TOP 100 "Innovator of the Year"
CAS Software has almost two decades of experience coordinating and participating in European and national collaborative research projects, through which it obtains knowhow for its next generation products.

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece

ICCS is a non-profit private law body associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. ICCS was established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education of Greece in order to promote research and development activity in all diverse aspects of computer and telecommunications systems and their applications.
The Information Management Unit (IMU) of ICCS will participate in MELODIC. IMU is staffed with three faculty members, seven post-doctoral senior researchers and twelve researchers. The research activities of IMU focus on: cloud computing, cloud service brokerage technologies, service-oriented computing, context-aware recommenders, multi-criteria decision making (MCDM), knowledge and semantic technologies and workflow management. In terms of application domains, our research focuses on: decision support systems, e-business, software engineering and knowledge management. Since its establishment IMU has actively contributed in 30 research and development projects, of which 5 are currently active. The research work of ICCS is funded by these programs and institutions: the ICT programme of the European Commission; the Operational Program for the Information Society of the Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance; and the research programs of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Development.

Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Dedicated to tackling scientific challenges with long-term impact and of genuine importance to real life, Simula Research Laboratory (SRL) offers an environment that emphasises and promotes basic research. At the same time, SRL is deeply involved in research education and application-driven innovation and commercialisation. SRL was established as a non-profit, limited company in 2001, and is fully owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
At its outset, the laboratory was given the mandate of becoming an internationally leading research institution within selected fields in information and communications technology. These fields are (i) communication systems, including cyber-security and cloud computing; (ii) scientific computing, aiming at fast and reliable solutions of mathematical models in biomedicine and geoscience; and (iii) software engineering, focusing on testing and verification of mission-critical software systems, and on planning and cost estimation of large software development projects. Recent evaluations state that SRL has met its challenge and is an acknowledged contributor to top-level research in its focus areas. Specifically, in the 2012 national evaluation of ICT research organised by the Research Council of Norway and conducted by an international expert panel, SRL received the highest average score (4.67) on a 1-5 scale among all evaluated institutions. In comparison, the national average was 3.38. Only five of the 62 research groups evaluated were awarded the top grade (5), and two of these five groups are located at SRL.
SRL is currently hosting one Norwegian Centre of Excellence, Center for Biomedical Computing (2007-2017), and one Norwegian Centre for Research-based Innovation, Certus (2011-2018). In addition, we participate as research partner in two other Centres for Research-based Innovation, Centre for Cardiological Innovation (2011-2018), hosted by Oslo University Hospital and Centre for Scalable Data Access (2015-2022), hosted by the University of Oslo. These two centre-oriented schemes are the most prestigious funding instruments offered by the Research Council of Norway. Furthermore, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications promoted one of our leading research activities to national status as the Centre for Resilient Networks and Applications, with a specific mandate to monitor the performance and state of the national telecommunication infrastructure. In addition, SRL has developed a comprehensive industrial R&D collaboration with companies like Statoil, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel. These research activities are complemented by a significant number of research grants from the Research Council of Norway and the H2020 work programmes.

Ulm University, Germany

Ulm University is a public university in the city of Ulm, in the South German state of Baden-Württemberg, one of the economically strongest regions of Europe with more than 11 million inhabitants. The university was founded in 1967 and focuses on natural sciences, medicine, engineering sciences, mathematics, economics and computer science. It is regarded one of the best universities in the world in the field of Optoelectronics, RF Circuit Design and Microelectronics. It ranks among the top universities in Germany for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ulm University is represented by the Institute for Information Resource Management (OMI). The institute is closely connected to the central service unit communication and information centre (Kommunikations- und Informationszentrum - kiz) of Ulm University responsible for all IT services, media services, digital printing and the university library.
The institute is a member of the Electric Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology Faculty and fully engaged in the teaching curriculum. It further has a strong research and deve

CE-Traffic a.s., Czech Republik

CE-Traffic is a joint-stock company founded in 2008 in Czech Republic with offices in Prague and Warsaw. Company offers road traffic and people flow information products and services based on innovative approach and technologies. CE-Traffic uses Floating Car Data (FCD) technology to process anonymous location data acquired in a real-time from more than 200 thousands of connected vehicles and combine it with data from other sources. Products portfolio includes real-time traffic services for commercial sector and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), access to historical databases and various on-demand analyses. Services cover road networks Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
CE-Traffic commercial customers of traffic information are leaders of personal, mobile and in-car, navigation solutions and internet including Google, TomTom, Here, Garmin, Sygic, Inrix, viaMichelin and more. CE-Traffic is also provider of road traffic information services for Intelligent Transportation System in Prague and National Traffic Information Center of Czech Republic. Thanks to cooperation with leading Czech universities and long-term partnership with T-Mobile Czech Republic CE-Traffic developed proprietary technology for people flow monitoring and analytic. Every day hundreds of millions of anonymous signalling data from mobile operator network are processed, analysed and aggregated to estimate presence and flow of people in the entire country. CE-Traffic was the first company in Central Europe and one of a very few in the world to successfully commercialize such technology.
Among many projects CE-Traffic is proud to count: monitoring of visitors of UNESCO cities in Czech Republic for national Czech Tourism agency, mass events monitoring for City of Prague, detailed city population maps for leading Czech bank CSOB or daily migration analyses for Czech Police.
Current company focus is further development of traffic information services for ITS in cooperation with academia partners, scale up people flows analytics platform and expansion to new territories.