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Project Partners

AVL List GmbH

AVL List GmbH is the world's largest privately owned company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. AVL has about 3400 employees in Graz (Austria), including 1500 university graduates, and a global network of 45 representations and affiliates resulting in more than 8000 employees worldwide. AVL´s Powertrain Engineering division activities are focused on the research, design and development of various powertrains in the view of low fuel consumption, low emission, low noise and improved drivability. The Advanced Simulation Technologies division develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the powertrain development work. The Instrumentation and Test Systems division is an established manufacturer and provider of instruments and systems for powertrain and vehicle testing including combustion diagnostic sensors, optical systems as well as complete engine, powertrain and vehicle test beds. AVL supplies advanced development and testing solutions for conventional and hybrid vehicle components and systems like simulation platforms, development tools and system integration tools.

Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.

General Motors Powertrain Europe (GM)

GMPTE is part of the European branch of General Motors Co. worldwide leading manufacturer in automotive field. The company is in charge of developing and bringing to production Diesel engines and Diesel engine controls for GM worldwide. After developing the EU6 version of the 1.6 L4 turbo Diesel engine powering B/C segment platforms of Opel/Vauxhall, the engineering centre is currently preparing the new generation of Diesel engines and controls for GM worldwide.

GMPTE is owner of product development process for Diesel engines and controls in General Motors and has in-house competences from advanced engineering (eg. R&D) to industrialization and SOP. Its mission is to develop new engines and controls to ensure the best efficiency and the lowest pollutant emissions to comply with the current and future regulations in Europe and in all markets where GM sells Diesel-powered vehicles. Beside the activity on engine, the centre has developed a strong competence in electronic controls, sensors and actuators. This competence is the building block on which the centre started the development activity on wellness applied to the passengers of motor vehicles. 

Ideas & Motion S.r.l.

Ideas & Motion S.r.l. (I&M), Cherasco (CN) nearby Turin – Italy, offers high-tech solutions in the field of automotive applications. I&M has a well-recognized position of excellence on some key areas, stemming from more than 100 years of combined experience on innovative projects and related automotive products. Its biggest technological background is in the design of silicon integrated circuits for the control of electro-actuators, and its integration in automotive powertrain applications.

I&M’s core business is to provide engineering services (both HW and SW) to OEM and Tier1 companies in the automotive industry, while also being active as a supplier of Electronic Control Units in niche applications with low volumes and high technological contents.

Portable Medical Technology Ltd.

Portable Medical Technology Ltd develops quality, accredited software for medical specialists (e.g. oncologists, cardiologists) to reduce medical errors, improve efficiencies and advance patient communication.
We combine the essential tools specialists’ medics need into a single, easy-to-use mobile and desktop application that provides the latest tools to support critical medical decision-making.
Portable Medical Technology Ltd was founded late in the 2011 and in its short existence has developed apps for some of the worlds largest healthcare companies. This includes Amgen, Teva, The BMJ group and Microsoft.
Portable Medical Technology Ltd. is funded by Healthbox (a Chicago based VC specializing in healthcare) and by Enterprise Ireland.
Portable Medical Technology has a strong commitment to innovating in the field of digital health and ensuring that all products produced have the required accreditation and meet safety standards. 

Fraunhofer IESE

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation. The Fraunhofer-Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (FhG IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, founded in January 1996, is led by Prof. Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer and Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach. Research efforts are entirely adjusted to societal and people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work performed by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new perspectives. FhG IESE focuses on applied research, development and technology transfer in the areas of innovative software and system development approaches, quality and process engineering, continuous improvement as well as organisational learning. In order to prepare industrial software developers and users for current and future information technology challenges, FhG IESE develops new techniques, methods, processes, and tools that base software development on sound engineering principles. FhG IESE thus provides competence as well as the training on methods and tools necessary to mature industrial software development practices and give companies a competitive market advantage. The institute develops high-performance and cost-efficient solutions for analytical quality assurance for a multitude of application domains.

For the automotive, transportation, avionics and industrial domains FhG IESE provides comprehensive support to its customers in software development activities, starting from specific process models on the basis of established standards (e.g., ISO/IEC 12207, IEC 61508) and the use of maturity level models (e.g., ISO/IEC 15504, Automotive SPICE, CMMi). Current developments, such as the importance of the safety standard ISO 26262 or test automation in X-in-the-Loop tests, are implemented by FhG IESE in a practice oriented manner. The institute performs independent, cost-efficient quality evaluations of your products and processes according to the current state of the practice.

University of Hull

The University of Hull has a proud history of achievement and a long-established international reputation as a research-engaged and innovative institution. The University was founded in 1927 with a Royal Charter being granted in 1954 to award its own degrees, becoming the 14th independent university in England. Research excellence has developed alongside teaching from the University's earliest days. The research assessment exercise revealed that 80% of the research at the University was of international standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The University provides a cutting-edge educational experience for over 18,500 students and awards nearly 200 PhDs a year across six faculties. The University actively encourages collaborative multidisciplinary research through its engagement with a multitude of funders e.g. research councils, charities, industry and the EC — participating in ~50 FP7 projects.

University of York

The Department of Computer Science at the University of York is one of the leading Computer Science departments in the U.K. for teaching and research. The department has had close working relationships with safety-critical industries (spanning automotive, aerospace, defence, transportation, and power-generation domains) particularly within the High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) group. For over 20 years, HISE has undertaken research and teaching in all aspects of high-integrity computer-based systems, particularly real-time safety critical systems and secure information systems. The aim of the group’s work is to build a coherent set of methods and tools for the development and assessment of high-integrity systems and to achieve transfer of these results into industry. For example, the use of Goal Structuring Notation is now common place in assurance cases produced by industry especially in the area of avionics and defence. York also runs MSc. programmes in Safety-Critical Systems Engineering and Cyber-Security as well as a range of safety engineering courses tailored for industry.
The HISE group has over 20 years expertise in the area of assurance cases and evidence management, including work on structured argumentation, argument patterns, modular certification, model-based assurance case management, and standardisation of assurance argumentation and evidence management.

Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is one of the largest universities in Italy and it is well acknowledged in Europe as a technical school for engineering. POLIMI has a leading experience in research projects, boasting 261 founded projects just in FP7 between 2007 and 2013 (49 as project coordinator) with 22% submitted proposal success rate. POLIMI is well-known for its worldwide leadership in the development of SPAD (Single-Photon Avalanche Diode) devices and array chips, their associated electronics (e.g. TDCs, imaging chips) and instrumentation (application-specific detection modules, single-photon imaging cameras, etc.). During the European project MiSPIA (grant agreement no. 257646, under theme ICT-5-3.7- Photonics) POLIMI developed two SPAD cameras for automotive applications, in collaboration with other 6 European partners, among Universities and Research Centres and SMEs. POLIMI presents also long-lasting expertise in electronic board design and digital processing. Finally, POLIMI exploits its demonstrators in different novel unexplored applications (e.g, in automotive, medical and biological field), in collaboration with many international partners. 

Lero – RSRC at Dundalk Institute of Technology

Lero is the Irish software research centre. It brings together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded software-related research centres in the world. The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software-related research and to the Irish economy.

The Regulated Software Research Centre (RSRC) at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is part of Lero and is internationally recognised for medical device software engineering research. They perform research in relation to medical device software processes, medical device software traceability, medical IT Networks and medical device cybersecurity. The RSRC was setup by Dr Fergal Mc Caffery in 2008 and now consists of 30 researchers and during this period Dr McCaffery has secured over €12 million in competitive research funding for the centre.