Consortium

BRIDGE Consortium Partners

Stiftelsen SINTEF (SINTEF), Norway -- Project Coordinator

The SINTEF Group is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Every year, SINTEF supports the development of 2000 or so Norwegian and overseas companies via our research and development activity. SINTEF has approximately 1800 employees primarily situated in Trondheim and Oslo. About 30% of our researchers hold doctorates. The SINTEF Group is structured into several research divisions, which have been defined in terms of value chains and industrial market clusters. SINTEF Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of 7 research divisions within the SINTEF Group. SINTEF ICT offers integrated research-based knowledge via access to a broad platform of technology and competence in ICT. SINTEF ICT has 260 employees, and is divided into 9 research departments. SINTEF ICT provides research-based expertise, services and products ranging from micro technology, communication and software technology, computational software, information systems and security and safety. Work ranges from simple technical analysis to complete systems.

Almende B.V. (ALMENDE), The Netherlands

ALMENDE B.V. is a high-tech commercial research company (SME) developing hardware and software-agent technology. Almende is engaged in research and development of self-organized critical agent-based solutions to sustain and improve the coalition formation and coordination of communication and collaboration across evolving networks of humans and existing ICT infrastructures.

CNet Svenska AB (CNET), Sweden

CNet is a leading-edge software house specialising in semantic technologies for content and knowledge management in networked embedded environments. Its long-term vision is to contribute to establishing the Internet of Things. CNet is developing systems and middleware to acquire, organise, personalise and share the knowledge embedded in devices, web, databases and multimedia content. Its technologies achieve semantic interoperability between heterogeneous devices, information sources and services, and allow our customers to maximise automation of the knowledge life cycle. CNet is addressing the smart homes and buildings area to provide solutions for seamless access and control of devices, sensors, actuators and appliances using semantic-based middleware. CNet strongly believes in open standards and is involved in several standardisation activities based on XML, for instance we have helped the Swedish building industry standardise a vocabulary, BSAB, for semantic classification and categorisation of construction components as well as establishing a standard for information exchange, sbXML.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (Fraunhofer FIT), Germany -- Technical Coordinator

Fraunhofer FIT is the leading organisation of institutes of applied research and development in Europe. Future-oriented strategic research is carried out with the aim of promoting innovations in key technologies with an economic and social relevance in the next five to ten years.

Lancaster University (ULANCS), UK

The Sociology Department at Lancaster University, where the mobilties.lab is based, is ranked in the top 100 Sociology Departments worldwide, and the recent 2008 National Research Assessment Exercise ranked its social sciences department in the top 5 research departments in the UK. This is, in no small part, due to the interdisciplinary, engaged and public nature of our social science research. The mobilities.lab is an example. With an interdisciplinary group of researchers, space and resources for innovative “mobile methods” and collaborative analysis, the lab is engaged in a number of projects and research and innovation in physical, mediated and virtual mobilities in contemporary societies. It builds on work undertaken by the Lancaster Computer Supported Cooperative Work Research Centre and the Centre for Mobilities Research (Sociology), Imagination Lancaster (Institute for Contemporary Art), Communication Systems and Computing, (Infolab21) and Geography. The lab is a hub for cross disciplinary collaboration and R&D with academic, public and industrial partners (e.g., Oxford University, Aarhus University, the UK Foresight programme, Nokia, Siemens, the Social Futures Observatory). It includes collaborations with professionals in emergency response in Denmark through the PalCom project, and the UK through Infolab.

 

Crisis Training AS (CTAS), Norway

Crisis Training is a company that supports its customers in their planning, execution and evaluation of their exercises with the use of newly developed methods and technologies. CTAS also facilitates tests and demonstrations for their customers developed methods and technology.

 

SAAB Training Systems (SAAB), Sweden

SAAB serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. SAAB has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers‘ changing needs. SAAB has 13,600 employees. Annual sales are EUR 2.3 billion. Research and development corresponds to about 20 percent of annual sales.

Thales Nederland B.V. (THALES NL), The Netherlands

Thales Nederland B.V. (Thales-NL) is part of the Thales Group, a global information systems company serving Aerospace&Space, Defense and Security markets worldwide. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 76,000 employees, the Thales Group generated 12.7 billion Euro in revenues in 2008. In the Netherlands, the revenues were 469 million Euro in 2008, mainly operating in the Defense market and Security as a strategic growth segment. More generic IT related research and technology development activities in the Netherlands on AI, Human Factors and autonomous systems are part of the portfolio of Thales Research & Technology Netherlands (Thales-NL). Thales-NL is the leading partner in a number of Dutch and European research projects.

University of Klagenfurt, Institute for Information Technology (UNIKLU), Austria

The Institute of Information Technology (ITEC) at the University of Klagenfurt (UNIKLU), Austria, also affiliated with Lakeside Labs GmbH, has a research focus in Content Adaptation in Distributed Multimedia Systems; several national and international projects and collaborations have been and are being performed.

University of Salzburg, Division of Physics and Biophysics (PLUS), Austria

The Division of Physics and Biophysics of the University of Salzburg has been engaged in safety, security and related risk assessment research over the past 30 years. Current activities cover security research on terrorism, risk assessment for terrorist acts using weapons of mass disturbance, weapons of mass killing and weapons of mass destruction, and their consequence management. In this context, PLUS has extensive experience in modelling explosives-induced blast damage to structures and humans. This covers 3D-reconstruction of buildings destroyed by explosions, as well as simulated terror attacks on subway systems, airports, power plants, oil drilling platforms at sea and sophisticated pipeline systems.

VSH Hagerbach Test Gallery LTD (VSH), Switzerland

VSH Hagerbach Test Gallery is a private owned research facility, active in the field of safety and security for underground infrastructure. The focus is on system investigations at large scale, once modelling or lab scale investigations have been done. VSH comprises a team of 26 persons providing the above mentioned services. Its employees are educated in different technical sciences to ensure that research activities are well balanced with practical needs. As underground construction, VSH is an international business with its employees used to working in international and/or virtual teams. Research activities cover underground construction methods, building material as well as safety installations for the protection of life and goods. Some parts of VSH‘s galleries are well equipped for training or large scale experiments with fire in underground facilities while others are prepared for testing with explosives up to 50 kg TNT or equivalent. In these facilities, first responders as well as security forces are trained.

Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), The Netherlands

Founded in 1842, Delft University of Technology is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive technical university in the Netherlands. With over 13000 students and 2100 scientists (including 200 full professors), it is an establishment of both national importance and significant international standing. The Delft University of Technology has 14 different BSc and more than 30 MS programs. Renowned for its high standard of education and research, TU Delft collaborates with other educational establishments and research institutes, both within and outside of the Netherlands. It also enjoys partnerships with governments, trade organisations, numerous consultancy companies, industry and small and medium sized enterprises. TUDelft is an interactive partner, committed to answering its multifaceted demands and initiating changes to benefit people in the future.

Stockholm University (SU), Sweden

Stockholm University (SU) is the capital‘s centre for higher education and research in the humanities, law, sciences and social sciences. Several world-leading researchers work here. With over 50,000 undergraduate and master's students, 1,800 doctoral students and 6,000 employees, Stockholm University is one of the largest universities in Sweden The Research Liaison Office at Stockholm University (RLO) will provide qualified assistance in financial, legal and other administrative issues. The project will be placed at the Faculty of Law which has an intensive co-operation on national and international levels. The Stockholm University Law faculty education and research cover in principle all areas of the law. BRIDGE will be a project attached to The Swedish Law & Informatics Research Institute (IRI), a research unit focusing on the relationship and interaction between law and ICT. The Institute is overseen by the university‘s Law Faculty administration and its constitution has been confirmed by the University‘s Vice Chancellor. In addition, Stockholm University has selected Law and Informatics ("Rättsinformatik") as one of its profile fields of science.

Helse Stavanger HF (RAKOS), Norway

The Regional centre for emergency medical research and development –  RAKOS – is a Center of Competence at the Stavanger University Hospital. It is the center of research and development of the prehospital emergency in the western part of Norway. It was instituted by The Western Norway Regional Health Authority and reports to them. The main objective is to facilitate the coordination between the community health system with GPoC, the A&E departments at the hospitals and the ambulance services (ambulance boats/cars and helicopters). This also includes the planned cooperation with the emergency services of the fire-rescue services and police department.

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