Engineering Group is Italy’s largest systems integration group and a leader in the provision of complete IT services and consultancy. Engineering Group comprises 6300 specialists and 40 branch offices, throughout Italy, in Ireland and Belgium, and (outside the EU) in Brazil and USA. The consolidated revenues for the year 2009 are of 724 million euro. The Engineering Group operates through 7 business units, supported by its Central Office for Research & Innovation, with researchers active in many Italian and international research projects.
The research idea of the Engineering group is a collaborative approach between laboratories and business units. The R&D investment has been of 50 million euro for the three-year period 2006-2008 and of 17 million euro for the year 2009. Moreover the group invested 10 million euro in the renovation of applicative products about security for bank systems, sanitary and utilities environments. Engineering was one of the first Italian companies to adopt the Quality standard ISO 9001 in the early 1990s. Since 1996 the company has adopted NATO standard AQAP 2110/160 certification. And recently the production units have been certified CMMI® level 3.
Since 1987, current and past research initiatives have been accomplished at European level, most recently within the 6th and 7th EC Framework Programme IST, eTen, eContent and PSP ICT (namely, Archware, Homey, Infocitizen, BRICKS, SECSE, CALLAS, CASPAR, DILIGENT, BeAware, Etics2, Pharos, Games, ASSETS PSP ICT programme).
Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 and in 2000 it became a founding member of the renowned Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). CERTH/ITI is a non-profit organisation operating under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic (General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs), with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the field of ICT having long experience in numerous European, national and industrial R&D projects. The institute’s key scientific personnel consists of 7 Researchers (Grades A’ to D’) who are assisted in their work by some 200 other employees, i.e. postdoctoral and postgraduate research fellows, research associates and assistants, administrative and technical staff.
CERTH/ITI participates in LASIE through its Visual Computing Laboratory (VCL), a team of 2 full-time senior researchers and 35 full-time research associates with the mission of achieving and spreading scientific and technological excellence in the field of multimedia and vision systems. VCL enjoys a distinguished reputation for innovation, receiving direct funding from private national and international companies and the EU.
Neuropublic is a pioneering and innovative IT company. Founded in 2003, it initially established itself as the first company that created Web Information Systems for the Financial Management of the Public sector in Greece and was certified from the central authorities for it.
Over the last few years, Neuropublic has become a leader in specialized Integrated Information Systems and combining alphanumeric and geospatial information for agriculture. Neuropublic has also established an integrated Internet Data Center, through which it provides ASP services via certified information management processes to its customers.
As of July 2012, Neuropublic completed its consolidation with Semantix S.A expanding its business activities in space, defense, document digitization and telecommunication sectors, where Semantix was active since July 2001. Based on Semantix rich experience and expertise in the area of digitization document systems, Neuropublic provides integrated digital management solutions and exploitation of files information.
Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, QMUL’s 3,000 staff delivers world class research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry and Humanities.
QMUL is ranked in the top 11th leading research Universities in the UK according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and fourth amongst University of London multi-faculty colleges. With a budget of £260 million per annum and a yearly economic impact on the UK economy of some £600 million, Queen Mary is a research-focused university, which has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research.
QMUL hosts one of the UK leading research groups in multimedia signal processing, computer vision, security and intelligent systems: The Multimedia and Vision group (MMV) enjoys a distinguished reputation for innovation, receiving direct funding from overseas organisations such as Nokia, Philips, Nortel, the Department of Defence and the EU. The MMV group has 36 members, including four members of academic staff. The group has participated and coordinated many EU funded projects including RACE MAVT; ACTS MOMUSYS, PANORAMA and Custom TV; Esprit UNITE; Basic research DRUMS; IST SAMBITS, IMPACT, MARINER, SHUFFLE, CRUMPET, EDEN, SADEGUARD, SCHEMA, BUSMAN and several others.
The MMV group at QMUL has an excellent track record in areas of content pre-processing for knowledge extraction, visual descriptors for analysis and annotation, training and learning for multimodal classification, content search and retrieval, knowledge assisted multimedia analysis, semantic inference and reasoning and context modelling and analysis. The group is best positioned to study, implement and evaluate the algorithms needed to support the knowledge-driven developments. The proposed work will build on MMV ongoing R&D within the projects PetaMedia and VideoSense.
The Metropolitan Police is the police force for London. The headquarters of the “Met” is the world famous “Scotland Yard”. The Metropolitan Police have been at the forefront of the development of policing since its formation in 1829.
SenseGraph, recently founded by Prof. Roberto Garigliano and Mr. Dominic Perini, is specialised in Deep NLU (Natural Language Understanding) technology, services and products, and it follows in the steps of other companies previously founded by Prof. Garigliano in various areas of NLU.
The key technical approach used in SenseGraph is the centrality of NL reasoning as a way to resolve ambiguities, bring out implicit facts, connect pieces of texts and learn new rules. SenseGraph is developing applications in security, education and media and it is currently acting as consultants in the Sintesys project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR).
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.
Researchers at PRIO work to identify new trends in global conflict, as well as to formulate and document new understandings of and responses to armed conflict. We seek to understand how people are impacted by, and cope with, armed conflict, and we study the normative foundations of peace and violence.
PRIO is a leading institution in peace research, and strives to be at the cutting edge both analytically, and in the impact of peace research on policy and practice.
Huawei is a leading telecom solutions provider. Through continuous customer-centric innovation, Huawei has established end-to-end advantages in telecom network infrastructure, application & software, professional services and devices. Huawei’s vision is to enrich people’s lives through communication. By leveraging its experience and expertise in the telecom sector, Huawei helps bridge the digital divide and give people the opportunity to join the information age, regardless of their geographic origin.
The European Research Center (ERC) of Huawei mission is to build and promote Huawei’s leading position in wireless and mobile technology in Europe. ERC focus on multimedia technologies, fixed mobile convergence, broadband access, and optical networks. The experienced researchers of the ERC are engaged in research for telecommunication systems & enabling technologies.
The Communication Systems Group within the Institute for Telecommunications of the Technical University of Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin) is directed by Prof. Thomas Sikora and comprises of more than 25 researchers. The teaching and research activities of the Communication Systems Group encompass most areas of digital signal processing for multimedia applications. The main research focus is on content-based analysis, description, segmentation, classification as well as coding of speech, audio, and video data. The research work of the group is disseminated through publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, books, technical reports. Prof. Sikora and his group are world-renowned for their contributions to standardization activities such as MPEG-4 and MPEG-7. Due to its expertise, the group attracts a large number of third party funded projects and industrial collaborations.
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the central research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC, NYSE:UTX). UTC provides a broad range of high-technology products and services for the aerospace and commercial building industries. UTRC Ireland serves as UTC’s European research hub with a focus on research and development for the next generation of integrated energy and security systems. UTC is known in security markets through various product brands such as Chubb, Kidde, Lenel and Interlogix. UTC security products are used for managing enterprise-wide security in various segments and Lenel’s OnGuard is the premier building access control and video surveillance management system in use today.
Innovation Engineering S.r.l. is a private company located in Rome and Milan (Italy) focused on the design and development of advanced IT solution to search, access and manage relevant knowledge within Enterprises, with specific focus on Security, ICT and Transport domains. The company focuses on robust methodologies and IT solutions based on Java language and Open Source, to drive innovation through the search, manage and analyse of information that should be translated into valuable knowledge.
Innovation Engineering is focused on the development advanced Knowledge Search and Management solutions. The company is currently involved in R&D projects developing Ontologies to structure knowledge within the innovation process including usage if patents and scientific papers (project TECH IT EASY – funded by the EC contract 232410), and advanced search systems to support the search and retrieve of external knowledge following the Open innovation paradigm (project INSEARCH – FP7 contract 262491), of which Innovation Engineering is Coordinator.
The main competences rely in Knowledge Management Systems, Applications Development, Web Service and Back End Integration, Rich Internet Applications (RIA), and Mobile Development.
Venaka Media Limited (VML) is a high-tech SME specialized in the provision of software and services in multimedia signal processing and communication systems. By exploiting cutting edge software and hardware technologies, as well as, open middleware platforms VML provides optimized solution that fulfills project and customer requirements. VML technology is a result of R&D activities performed in close cooperation with academic research partners. Core competencies of VML include media analytics for security applications, cloud computing, surveillance centric coding and web applications leading to end-to-end multimedia communications.
VML main contributions to Lasie relate to the definition of use cases and data gathering. In cooperation with The MET and other project partners VML will also substantially contribute to the design of the overall system architecture.
Since 2003 ACIC has been offering cutting-edge innovative solutions in the field of automated and smart videosurveillance. The company’s founders, who previously worked at the MULTITEL Research Center, inherited the knowledge and technologies of reputed Belgian university laboratories such as the UCL and UMons, and ACIC has continued to develop its state-of-the-art solutions through cooperation with these research units.
With the tremendous increase in the number of cameras now in operation, automation of videosurveillance has become essential, not only for sensitive locations and critical infrastructures, but also for city surveillance.
ACIC designs and develops video analytics software that enables operators to automate the process of surveillance.
The range of uses of videosurveillance includes human presence detection and monitoring, tracking (humans, vehicles, boats, etc.), event detection, people counting, recognition of abnormal or threatening behavior, etc.
Institut Telecom– Telecom ParisTech is one of France’s leading graduate engineering schools and is considered as the best school in the field of Communication and Information Technologies. Research is conducted within LTCI, a Joint Research Unit between CNRS and Telecom ParisTech, and covers a wide range of research topics related to “Information and Communications”.
Telecom ParisTech is involved in LASIE through the Audio, Acoustics and Waves (AAO) research group headed by Prof. Gaël Richard. The group develops new methods for the analysis and understanding of audio, multimodal and biomedical signals. Its activities range from theoretical work on machine learning to computational optimization of algorithms for practical problems such as source separation, automatic indexing, compression, content-based processing and emotion recognition.
The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) takes part in the Lasie project through the Grupo de Aplicación de Telecomunicaciones Visuales (G@TV). It is a research group within the Departamento de Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones (SSR) in the UPM. G@TV lecturing and research activities are performed in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación.
The main research lines developed by the Group members are:
- Visual communications
- Video coding
- Telecommunications Systems
- Computer vision
- Digital video processing
- Audio and video technologies
- Management and description of audiovisual contents
- Multimedia Recommender Systems
- Audiovisual applications in smart house and smart industry
- Signal and Communications Applications in Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Remote Sensing for Environmental Applications
VisionWare is the leading Portuguese company in the domain of ICT security, with a strong customer base in the public & private sector, including industry, healthcare, education, finance, defense and police organizations. This company has proven itself in the market as a reliable, trustworthy and experienced partner, providing a service framework designed according to international best practices and methodologies of the market, namely ISO 27001, ISO 20000 and COBIT standards.
VisionWare’s specialized services covers information systems auditing, enterprise IT consultancy and IT projects implementation and operation. We are actively committed with several international research and innovation activities, working closely with Universities, developing unique technology in the fields of advanced detection of security incidents, security of critical infrastructures and forensic tools for cybercrime investigations.
The Municipal Police of Madrid is an armed civil institution, with hierarchical structure and organization, carrying out its competences in terms of security and coexistence. Madrid Municipal Police is organized in Inspections, Sub-inspections and Units of two types: territorial and specialized.
For a population of almost 3.5 million, Madrid Police counts with a workforce of 6500 police officers. Its 22 Districts Units are primarily responsible for monitoring public spaces, ensuring coexistence and avoiding normal committing criminal acts, exercise appropriate administrative tasks and work in regulating traffic and ensuring safety in the school environment. In addition, 18 Specialized Units with specific tasks such as public safety, road safety, judicial police, environment, gender and domestic violence are also part of Madrid Municipal Police.
The University of Greenwich is a large university with three attractive campuses in and around London. We combine strong regional, national and international links, with excellence in applied research and a mission for access. The university has achieved considerable growth in the last 20 years, to become a major player with nearly 24,000 students, 28 per cent of them postgraduate. The university is proud of its diverse student body, with a broad range of students from black and other ethnic minority communities, a high proportion of mature students and broadly equal numbers of males and females.