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UH logo The School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire is one of the oldest Computer Science academic departments in the UK, and pioneered Computer Science as an academic discipline. Research at HERTS has a similarly rich history, and has recently experienced exuberant growth, attracting many young and active researchers from throughout the European Union (notably Germany, the Netherlands and Spain). These researchers have set up several new activities: a growing Compilation Technology and Computer Architecture group, an Algorithm group, a large Robotics and AI group, and a rapidly expanding centre for Neural Networks and Biocomputation. Since 2001, nine FP6-funded projects have been awarded of which one (ÆTHER: FP6/ACA/2006/027611) is directly relevant to the topic of this project. ÆTHER is an Integrated Project that is looking at issues of self-adaptivity in embedded systems. The others VICTEC (IST-2001-33310), COGNIRON (FP6/2002/IST/1/002020), HUMAINE (FP6/2003/IST/507422), ELVIS(ASI/B7-301/97/0126), Robot-Cup (IST-004370), E Circus (FP6/IST/2005/027656), IROMEC(IST-045356) and FEELIX GROWING (DP6/IST/2006/45169) — are in the area of systems engineering, AI and robotics. The School also conducts a number of research projects in collaboration with industry and governmental institutions, which are funded by the UK Research Councils


USTAN logo Within the ADVANCE project as a whole, the University of St Andrews leads work package WP4 on Static Analysis for Resource Requirements and contributes to work packages WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP6. The ADVANCE team works within the School of Computer Science. It has over two decades of experience, having worked extensively in the field of advanced programming language design and implementation, with a focus on cost and performance issues, especially for parallel systems. It has published over 100 research papers in international journals, conferences, symposia and other events. Research at St Andrews concentrates on functional language design and implementation, including that of the standard non-strict functional language Haskell. Other relevant areas of interest include domain-specific programming languages, real-time systems, cost issues, adaptive run-time environments, lightweight concurrency, high-level programming language design and performance monitoring/visualisation. The team brings significant experience in advanced cost estimation/analysis for parallel and real-time systems to the ADVANCE project, as well as research results in box-based languages and their implementation, in type theory and implementation, and in functional programming languages.


UT logoThe University of Twente and the research institute CTIT (Centre for Telematics and Information Technology) participate in the Advance project with the chair CAES (Computer Architectures for Embedded Systems). The mission of the group is to perform research on energy-efficient dependable architectures for networked embedded systems, by combining computer architectures, systems software, networking, and tools. Within this mission the chair performs research on three related key areas: 1) efficient architectures for dynamic streaming applications, 2) wireless networked embedded systems and 3) dependability issues of networked embedded systems. Energy-efficiency and dependability are the main drivers for this research. The former is important for streaming applications found in battery powered mobile devices (e.g. portable multimedia players), and is of crucial importance for wireless networks. Energy-efficiency is also important for high-performance systems, such as medical image processing, due to heat dissemination problems. Whereas computer architects for desktop systems only recently are slowly moving towards multi-core processors, the research on MPSoC architectures for networked embedded systems already started much earlier in our group because of energy-efficiency reasons. The research of the group has been sponsored by EU projects (e.g. EU-FP5 Eyes 2002–5, EU-FP6 project 4S Smart Chips for Smart Surroundings 2004–7, EU-FP7 CRISP). Recent grants from national funding organisations are: BSIK projects (AWGN 2003–7, AAF 2005–8, Smart Surroundings 2004–9), NWO projects(Gecko 2002-7, EASY 2008–13), STW projects (Chameleon 2000–5, Feather light 2004–9, CMOS beam forming 2006–2011, A4 2005- 2009, SFEER, 2008-12, NEST 2009–13). Recently the group received a number of PhD grants from industries that are relevant for this project from NXP, Thales, Philips Healthcare, Essent, Gasterra and E.ON UK. The group currently has 5 staff members and 16 temporary positions (PhD students and PostDoc positions). Research in the CAES group resulted in a number of spin-off companies: Recore Systems, Smart Signs Solutions, Ambient Systems and HOMA Software.


UvA logo The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and regularly achieves top positions in international university rankings. It provides a competitive and stimulating research environment and has a well educated and highly motivated student population on the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) participates in this project through the Computer Systems Architecture Group (CSA) within the Institute of Informatics. Since its formation in 2004 the CSA group, led by Prof Chris Jesshope, has seen continuous growth through successful acquisition of both internal and external funding. It consists of three permanent academic members of staff, two members of support staff, 12 PhD students and a number of MSc research students. The group's key research areas are

The CSA group contributes to a number of national and European collaborative projects funded by a range of organisations such as STW, NWO, and the EU. The group is also a member of the HiPEAC Network of Excellence.

Philips logo Philips Healthcare is a leading supplier of healthcare products and services, that deliver value throughout the complete cycle of care – from disease prevention to screening & diagnosis, to treatment, health management & monitoring – in key areas including cardiology, oncology, critical care and women’s health. Philips Healthcare is active in the following businesses: • Home healthcare Respiratory care, Medical alert services, Remote patient monitoring • Imaging systems X-Ray imaging, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear imaging • Clinical care systems Ultrasound, Defibrillators, Electrocardiography • InformationRIS(radiologyinformationsystem),PACS(picturearchivingandcommunicationsystem),Clinical imaging applications, Patient monitoring. In 2007, Philips Healthcare’s sales were 6.6 billion Euros, which makes this product division Philips 2nd largest contributor to overall sales (after Consumer Electronics). Philips Healthcare employs approximately 32.500 people in more than 60 countries. Headquarters are located in Andover, Mass., USA, and in Best, The Netherlands. Development and manufacturing sites are located in USA, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Israel, Brazil, and India. One of the Business Units within Philips Healthcare develops and produces high end cardio vascular X-Ray systems for interventional users. During an intervention, a physician acquires X-Ray images to visualize a catheter inside the arteries or heart of the patient, and relies on these X-Ray images for navigating the catheter, and for treatment of pathologies. Philips Healthcare plans to investigate performance characteristics, and performance predictability for the image processing algorithms and middleware.


Technion logo For more than eight decades the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has been Israels primary technological university and the largest centre of applied research. It is ranked among the leading technological universities in the world. Many innovations in all fields of science, technology, engineering and life sciences have their origins in research conducted at the Technion. Technion’s contributions to the growth of Israel’s agricultural industry, building and architecture, chemical and electronic industries, aerospace, energy, medicine and medical technology and biotechnology have been most significant. Technion’s achievements have brought Israel to the forefront of high technology. The Technion University offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as Architecture, Medicine, Industrial Management and Environmental studies. Great emphasis is also placed on its humanities and social science programs, the incorporation of which take on ever-increasing importance in today’s multi-faceted workplace. But Technion’s goals go beyond providing a well-rounded technical education. At the institute, scientific instruction is interwoven with professional ethics, producing leaders sensitive to social and environmental issues.



SAP logoSAP is the world's leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes across more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 105,000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol "SAP." SAP Research is the global technology research unit of SAP. The group significantly contributes to SAP's product portfolio and extends its leading position in the market by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends and generating breakthrough technologies through applied research. In contrast to SAP's product groups and development labs that work on new functions and releases, the researchers explore opportunities that haven't yet been developed into products. SAP Research spreads its research and development activities around the globe. Currently, their thriving network comprises of 19 locations worldwide, including their headquarters in Walldorf, and numerous partners from the business and academic worlds. Additional information is available at www.sap.com/research.


BioID logoBioID GmbH is a leading provider of multimodal biometric solutions and has experience in the area of image, video and signal processing as well as pattern recognition algorithms. Based in Nuernberg, Germany, the company develops, delivers, and supports unique biometric recognition solutions for next generation mobile and internet communication, personal authentication applications, as well as turnkey solutions for scalable ODM markets. The patented, multimodal technology ”BioID” has been widely deployed in many applications for over a decade. This biometric solution simultaneously analyses several human characteristics such as face, voice, and iris patterns. Combining static and dynamic features, accuracy is improved significantly. Furthermore, the fusion of multiple biometric features increases performance, usability, reliability and security. The fusion approach achieves reliable authentication even though a limited amount of biometric user data is available to the system for enrollment and verification, resulting in the solution being user friendly and highly accurate at the same time. As short system response times and extensive optimizations of the biometric techniques on sufficiently large, representative data bases are required for a high recognition accuracy, fast implementations of the computer vision and signal processing algorithms are required. In order to be able to efficiently use latest multi core hardware, BioID’s software developers are focusing on adapting their pattern classification algorithms for parallel execution. Therefore, BioID’s main role in the Advance project is to apply the techniques and methods that are developed within the project to the algorithms of a real-world application, such that an evaluation and validation of the new technologies beyond the research laboratory can be achieved.


SCCH logo SCCH which is organized as a non-profit GmbH (Ltd), is one of Austria’s largest independent research institutions. The primary focus of SCCH is on applied research of practical utility, though basic research and pre-competitive development is also covered. SCCHs mission is to increase and maintain the competitiveness of its partner companies through nationally and internationally networked state-of-the-art research. The three core R&D areas of SCCH are: • Knowledge based Technology (esp. data mining, machine learning, agent technology, fuzzy systems, and knowledge-based vision). • Software and Engineering Technology (esp. software architectures, component ware, service-oriented archi- tectures, object-oriented architectures, RE, automated SE, tool integration) • Database technology (esp. data warehousing, enterprise architectures, business process modelling and management) SCCH’s research and innovation potential has been awarded and acknowledged several times in recent years: SCCH is a 2007 European ICT Prize Nominee (http://www.ict-prize.org/), SCCH achieved the 5th place in the Dynamic Small Enterprises category in the Austria’s 2006 Best Companies Award, SCCH won the 2005 Upper Austrian Prize for Innovation, and SCCH won the 2004 Best Business Award (this is a joint German/Czech/Austrian award). SCCHs Experience in R&D Funding and Funded Projects at the national and European Level: SCCH has been involved in the Austrian Research Programs Kplus and COMET since 1999, and thus has long-termed experience in carrying out R&D projects which link research to industrial practice. In 2001, SCCH initiated Austrias participation in COST Action 274 (Theory and Applications of Relational Structures as Knowledge Instruments).. In 2003, SCCH served as the driving force behind Austrias participation in COST Action 276 (Information and Knowledge Management for Integrated Media Communication). SCCH was involved in the CEEPUS Network SK-42 (Fuzzy Control) and Project 41p19 (AdvancedFuzzyModeling) within the framework of "Aktion Österreich-Tschechische Republik” (Action Austria/Czech Republic). Moreover, SCCH was a partner of the EU 5th Framework Thematic Network “KDNet - Knowledge Discovery Network of Excellence. SCCH was also a partner in the 5th Framework Thematic Network MKMNet - Mathematical Knowledge Management Network”. Since 2005 SCCH is a member of the EU Cost Action “KDubiq — Knowledge Discovery in Ubiquitous Environments” in the 6th Framework Programme (IST/FET). Currently SCCH participates in two EU-funded projects (acronyms: FACETS and SECO) and several nationally funded research R&D projects.

HW logo Heriot-Watt is a new partner in ADVANCE, more information to follow.