Participant short name: US
Description of organisation: The University of Silesia has 12 faculties. Faculty of Computer Science and Materials Science will participate in the realisation of FP7 ISS-EWATUS project. Internationalization is a priority for the University of Silesia. Our efforts in this regard translate into a variety of EU financed initiatives directed at students and academics alike. Currently, the University is running 1 200 of its own projects, in addition to almost 600 research projects carried out in conjunction with various outside institutions, both domestic and foreign, including business organizations. A substantial part of our research prioritizes innovation and practical applications for the economy. The activities of the University of Silesia are in keeping with our philosophy that an institution of higher education needs to keep abreast of developments in all areas of study and life and meet the challenges of changing reality. As one of the mottoes of the 7th Framework Programme launched by the European Union declares: "Tomorow’s answers start today!"
Participant short name: IETU
Description of organisation: The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) is a research and development unit acting under the Polish Ministry of Environment. The Institute was established in 1972 as a Katowice Branch of the Institute of Environmental Protection with the status of Environmental Protection Centre. IETU has been functioning as an independent organisation under its present name since 1992. The goal of the scientific and research activities of the Institute is to develop the scientific basis for policies and strategies aimed at sustainable development of the environment of urbanised and industrialised areas. Functionally, IETU role is to serve as a scientific and research facility reporting to the Minister of Environment, as well as an advisory unit and provider of expert knowledge to the Ministry of Environment, State Inspection of Environmental Protection and other relevant regulatory bodies, governmental administration units, local governments and industries all over Poland. IETU was or is partner in several dozens of international projects including EU projects. Beside conducting research projects, IETU is provider of consulting and services to clients at home The scope of our offer includes environmental audits, environmental impact assessments (EIA), water supply and wastewater discharge assessments, waste management programmes, environmental action plans, etc.
Participant short name: RPWiK
Description of organisation: Rejonowe Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji w Sosnowcu Spółka Akcyjna (RPWiK Sosnowiec S.A.) is the water and sewerage management company owned by the Sosnowiec municipality. The company was founded in 2004 as a continuation of the 80 years old water management tradition in Sosnowiec. It is an innovative company with one of the biggest wastewater treatment plant in the Śląskie voivodeship and highly specialized equipment for monitoring and cleaning of sewerage system.
Address: ul. Ostrogórska 43, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland.
Participant short name: LU
Description of organisation: Loughborough University is unquestionably one of the leading universities in Britain (The Sunday Times, 12th September, 2010), with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement. It was established in 1909 first as a small Technical Institute in the centre of Loughborough, and then was awarded its Charter in 1966. It was the country’s first technological university. Land acquisitions in 2003 and 2006 have now made Loughborough University the largest single-site campus in the UK, with 437 acres of land, bringing together 932 research and teaching staff and 20,000 students. The University of the Year award in the UK received by Loughborough University in 2008 capped a highly successful period for Loughborough.
Participant short name: BU
Description of organisation: Brunel University (www: http://www.brunel.ac.uk) comprises of 8 academic Schools and 7 Specialist Research Institutes – conducting research in many branches. The institution’s status as research-intensive university was demonstrated in the national 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and it is now ranked 37th (of 144) in the country in terms of ‘research power’. Brunel has been awarded over 30 EU contracts, is the Coordinator of several Integrated Projects and has also been funded as a Marie Curie Training Site for ten researchers. The School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics (SISCM) was ranked top in the UK for LIM in the RAE 2008. The School has participated in a number of research projects in the FP5, FP6 and FP7 Programmes in areas such as advanced teleworking techniques, electronic dispute resolution, neurodegenerative disease management and systems integration and evaluation.
Participant short name: UPO
Description of organisation: Research in UPO is undertaken by more than 60 groups and the vast majority of the University's academic staff is working in areas which are acknowledged as of national and international significance. UPO is the world leader in Fuzzy Grey Cognitive Maps (FGCM, since its creator (Prof.Jose L. Salmeron) belongs to this university. UPO has led FGCM-based projects in several domains as biomedical engineering, ERP, risks analysis, forecasting, and affective computing. Some of the projects include: GEcoPro - An Intelligent System for Environmental Control within Civil Engineering (2011-2013). Project leader: Jose L. Salmeron. Funding Institution: Andalusian Technological Corporation and GEA21. Fuzzy Dynamic Models in Technological Forecasting (2010-2012). Project leader: Jose L. Salmeron. Funding Institution: Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science. SInRisk - An Intelligent System for Safety Civil Engineering (2009-2012). Project leader: Jose L. Salmeron. Funding Institution: Andalusian Technological Corporation and GEA21. Forecasting‐based Information Systems for supporting Technology Policies (2007-2009). Project leader: Jose L. Salmeron. Funding institution: Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science. ERP systems implementation analysis (2008-2012).Project leader: Jose L. Salmeron. Funding institution: Regional Government of Andalucia (Excellence project).
Participant short name: CERTH
Description of organisation: The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest in the country and it was founded in 2000. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas. CERTH includes 5 institutes, while the one relevant to ISS-EWATUS is the Information Technology Institute (ITI).
More than 600 people work at CERTH with the majority being scientists.
CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more and is listed among the Top-20 of the EU’s Research Centres with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1.000 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 423 M€ and involving more than 1.100 international partner organizations.
Participant short name: DEYASK
Description of organisation: DEYASK: Identity- Establishment- Purpose. The Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Skiathos was established in 1988 (GG 111 Α /3-5-1989) and since 1991 has operated in accordance with the provisions of national law (N. 1069/80). The Company is a private legal entity and a municipal utility (special purpose vehicle according to 3463/2006 law) and is subject to rules of private economy. It is also subject to State control as provided by national law. The Public Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Skiathos is a small one, considering the number of residents (3.700 hydrometers) that is being serviced. However the company is obliged to operate and maintain water distribution facilities and networks because of the seasonal variation of the number of people being serviced (winter-summer). The Company is responsible of:
- design, construction, repair, maintenance, operation, administration and management of water supply systems, boreholes, reservoirs and pumping stations,
- design, construction, repair, maintenance, operation, administration and management of the drainage network and drainage, sewage pumping stations, as well as wastewater treatment plants,
- billing and bill collection for water supply and sewerage,
- regulating and the implementation of the Regulation of the operation of water distribution facilities and networks,
- surveillance of water distribution facilities and networks and implementation of the regulation of networks.
Participant short name: DS
Description of organisation: DOTSOFT SA is an SME, dedicated to provide ICT solutions and services to companies and organizations, public and private. DOTSOFT was founded on 2004 and from developing simple web sites it evolved to a strong company able to handle complex and demanding software development, Database solutions and networked applications.
In principle we solve problems through technology and innovation. We do not offer a "one-product-fits-all" solution, but instead we listen to our clients, we work with the end users, we analyze their needs and we design the best possible solution for each particular case. We implemented it by developing a workable system, usually with the help of other trusted partners from research and industry.
We have worked in many diverse projects, in many sectors, from precision agriculture to data preservation and from PLC programming to eGovernment and elearning. But the common denominator in all these projects was always Databases, work flow processes, Decision Support Systems, digital assets and content management.
Our vision for the future is to continue our involvement in R&D, build stronger networks and partnerships through Horizon2020, pursuit more business development opportunities and grow our satisfied customers all over Europe (and why not the world).
Participant short name: VU
Description of organisation: Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.
Academic research and education at VU is characterized by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. VU stands for universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name (‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’): free from the church, state and any commercial interest. The basic philosophy of VU is expressed in three core values:
- personally engaged