helios. partners

15 partners from 8 European Member States working together

helios Consortium involves fifteen participants from Finland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany, with different backgrounds and expertise which together contribute to make helios a reality. The joint and collaborative work of large industrial companies, SME’s, research institutes, and universities, mixed with the different roles such as business, communications, arts, design, technical, among many others, has been essential for developing helios platform, validation apps, and use cases.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is an RTO whose activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and takes advantage from its wide multi-technological knowledge base to strengthen Finnish and European industrial competitiveness. VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders. VTT has a staff of 2128, net turnover in 2016 was 162,6M€ and other operational incomes were 86,4M€. Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation and coordination of numerous European projects including R&D Framework programme projects and other thematic frameworks and programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European RTOs.

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Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and circa 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline.

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Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) / Information Technologies Institute (ITI)

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece, and one of the largest in the country. 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. Today CERTH includes the following five institutes with indicated major fields of research: (a) Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), (b) Information Technologies Institute (ITI), (c) Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), (d) Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), (e) Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH). Out of those, CERTH participates in this project through ITI.

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Grassroots Arts and Research (GRA)

Grassroots Arts and Research (GAR) is an artistic media research company led by the directors Carmen Mac Williams and Tilman Veltjens. The company is offering creative concepts, interactive media design and project management for media research and productions. The assets are vision, know-how, talent and a network of Media Artists and Designers for interactive media productions. Grassroots Arts and Research was founded by Carmen Mac Williams as Spin Off Company from the Interactive Lab 3 of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) in 2006.

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LINKS Foundation

LINKS Foundation is a private, non-profit institution established in 2016 as a strategic partnership between Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino. In January 2019 LINKS Foundation replaced through merger by incorporation two research centers – namely ISMB (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella) and SITI (Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione) – which have achieved in the last 15 years a significant track record in the digital transformation sector. The mission of LINKS Foundation is to accelerate the journey of cutting-edge technologies from lab to market. Acting as a bridge connecting research with society, LINKS Foundation intends to valorize research outcomes through synergies with enterprises, startups, public administrations, and NGOs. Today LINKS Foundation works as an interdisciplinary innovation hub hosting 160 innovation specialists combining technological competencies, entrepreneurial energy and market orientation.

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Nagoon AB (NG)

Nagoon is a research based Start-up and SME from Stockholm. The company develops tools and middleware for Location Based services and Augmented reality applications. The company was founded by senior researchers and developers with background in game development and interaction research in areas such as AI avatars, multimodal interfaces, Natural language interaction and Location based service technologies. The company was created as a spinoff of the company Liquid Media with the purpose of actively commercialising the results from previous research projects such as the EU funded FP7 research project SpaceBook and the FP5, Nice project as well as numerous other EU and nationally funded projects within the domain of conversational interfaces and enabling technologies. NG have a close collaboration with The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute as a as technology provider for research projects where there is need for exceptional location based solutions that are not yet available on the market.

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As a subsidiary and multimedia competence centre of SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster – SRG, SWISS TXT AG42 (STXT) has accompanied Switzerland into an increasingly complex digital future – from consulting to implementation with a strong focus on operations & Cloud solutions. SWISS TXT AG provided the infrastructure, content management and commercializing of teletext offerings including the access services like captions and subtitling for the different language areas and all of Switzerland for more than 30 years. Customers include SRF 1, SRF zwei, SRF info, RTS Un, RTS Deux, etc. Over the last decade, STXT is moving towards becoming a multimedia provider for Broadcasters as well as big Companies (e.g. SBB) and Governmental organisations (e.g. Parliaments). Technical Services of STXT include 4K delivery via IP, multimedia playout, multi – CDN operations, HbbTV distribution, operation of the Swiss Media Hub. Furthermore, in the area of Managed Cloud STXT provides Storage solutions (6PB), VOD, Kaltura Hub Europe. STXT has a strong competence in OTT & multimedia service operations in the broadcast and enterprise market.

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Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592. The ADAPT Centre within TCD is a recognised world leader in personalisation, user modelling, and adaptive systems with a distinguished track record in publications and projects in this area. ADAPT has extensive experience with highly interdisciplinary H2020 projects related to HELIOS. Amongst others these are 80Days, FREME and PROVINANCE. The ADAPT research centre spans four Dublin based Universities which are DCU, UCD, DIT and TCD. Research areas of ADAPT within TCD are Personalisation, Web Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP and Machine Translation.

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University of Pisa (UNIPI)

The University of Pisa (UNIPI), founded in 1343, is one of the most ancient and prestigious universities in Europe. Today it is a prestigious modern centre of teaching and advanced research. The Shanghai ARWA 2017 ranking places the University of Pisa amongst the top 3 – 7 best universities in Italy. The team participating in this project belongs to the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics. The Department of Computer Science consists of about 60 Professors and Researchers. The Department’s research funding comes through national, EC agencies, and industry funded projects spanning many areas, including cloud computing, data mining, social networks and machine learning.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is one of the major public universities of Spain. It is located in Bellaterra, close to Barcelona. Currently, the University offers 87 bachelor’s degrees, covering a wide range of fields such as Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Technology and Physical Sciences. Furthermore, the UAB offers 133 Master’s degrees, as well as 8 Erasmus Mundus Master’s degrees; more than 1,114 PhD dissertations have been elaborated within its doctoral programs. The University has over 37,700 students, almost 3,700 researchers and teaching staff, and it hosts more than 6,000 foreign students.

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Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)

Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is the single Spanish Technical University that features in all the world University rankings. It is among the Spanish Universities with the highest revenue from competitive research (R&D contracts, consulting and service delivery, spin-off) and a national leader in patent exploitation. Constituted in 1968, it comprises nearly 40.000 students, 15 schools, and 11 university research centres of excellence.

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Universität Passau (UP)

UP stands for excellent research and innovative teaching – as well as the diversity and an openness to the world that are essential preconditions for such excellence. In Passau, science, culture and an entrepreneurial spirit find their unique combination; people from all over the world meet in the baroque Old Town and talk to each other about their academic, cultural or entrepreneurial projects. This spirit of togetherness is one of our greatest strengths. State, society, commerce and industry, technology, government, culture and education – all are interconnected on a global scale and affected by increasing digitalisation. Academia must react to these changing conditions by re-examining and adapting its analytical and interpretative paradigms and patterns of action to find answers to the questions that arise as a result of these developments. UP is ready to meet this challenge. ‘Science for the Networked Society’ is the overarching theme under which research and teaching are conducted at the University: this reflects the interdisciplinary identity of our University and the long-standing tradition of co-operation among its four faculties. The Law Faculty of UP is one of the best in Germany. According to the current CHE ranking, it is among the top 5 of state universities in Germany. It is one of the most important centres of IT law in Germany. 5 of 22 professors deal with all legal questions arising from the digitalization. There is a “Research Centre for IT Law and Internet Policy” (For.Net) as well as an Institute of IT-Security and Security Law (ISL). Recently, a “Research Centre for Legal Questions of Digitalisation” has been established. Young scientists are provided with an interdisciplinary DFG research training group on “Privacy and Digitalization”.

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University of Helsinki (UH)

Department of Computer Science at University of Helsinki. Secure systems research group under the Networking and Services research lab. The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The Department of Computer Science is a leading teaching and research unit in its area in Finland. The number of professors at the Department has grown in recent years and there are now 28 professorships. The research groups address significant research challenges in their areas of expertise, such as data analytics, AI, and security and privacy. The Department has extensive international collaboration with companies and universities.

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Worldline Iberia S.A.U. (WLI)

Worldline, through its Mobile Competence Centre, has more than twenty years of experience developing mobility-related applications and services, and has participated in many R&D and innovation projects.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N° 825585