The RAPP software developers team gathers 5 institutes across Europe : CERTH/ITI, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Inria, Ortelio Ltd. and the Warsaw University of Technology.
The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) is one of the four research institutes of the Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas (CERTH). CERTH is a financially and administratively independent mature organization, currently supervised by the Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. ITI is active in research, both basic and industry-oriented, as well as technology transfer actions, in the following areas: computer vision, image and video analysis and coding, web semantics, intelligent software architectures, e-Health, biometrics, information security, 3D imaging and virtual reality applications, multimedia and internet technologies, educational and cultural technologies, tele-medicine applications, digital and interactive television, data communications and computer networks. Since 1998, CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 60 EC Information Society Technologies (IST) research projects and more than 85 National projects and Contracts with the Private Sector (IT Indus- try). In 2005, CERTH/ITI was awarded the “European Group Technical Achievement Award” by the European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP) for significant contributions to the theory and application of digital filtering and image processing and coding.
CERTH is RAPP Project Coordinator. CERTH also leads the RAPP Platform Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning tasks, and Software development.
The Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH/RC) is a law body of the University, exclusively responsible for the contractual research within Aristotle University. The work of this project will be carried out by the Information Processing Lab (IPL) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The IPL has been involved in more than 20 contract projects, mostly related to research on intelligent systems, autonomous software agents, databases and knowledge discovery, software engineering and consumption control, environmental impacts from power generation and applications of Information Technologies. IPL (http://issel.ee.auth.gr/) is an active research group in the intelligent systems field, with interests covering a wide range of artificial intelligent technologies and recently the area related with the social media and social network analysis and corresponding software tools.
As a technical partner, AUTH will be responsible for providing the final Requirements and KPIs of RAPP Platform. AUTH will be mainly involved in the RAPP open policy and standards Task, and will uptake part of the software development.
The French Institute for research in computer science and control (INRIA) is the only French public institute entirely dedicated to research in information and communication science and technology (ICST). Throughout its eight research centers, INRIA has a workforce of 3 800 (2 800 of whom are scientists from INRIA and its partner organizations). In its 2008- 2012 Strategic Plan, INRIA has defined seven scientific priorities: 1) Modeling, simulation and optimization of complex dynamic systems; 2) Programming: security and reliability of computing systems; 3) Communication, information, and ubiquitous computing; 4) Interaction with real and virtual worlds; 5) Computational engineering; 6) Computational sciences; and 7) Computational medicine. As its strategy closely combines scientific excellence with technology transfer, it develops collaborations with the economic world through strategic industrial partners and by creating some 90 companies since 1984. INRIA is partner in more than 120 FP6 projects and 85 FP7 projects.
INRIA leads the implementation of Robotic Applications for Inclusion. INRIA is responsible for robotic communication and event processing tasks, as well for designing and developing the Robotic Application for mobility assistance and activity monitoring.
Ortelio Ltd is a specialised international research and innovation management consultancy, offering a combination of experience in technology and business issues. Ortelio’s scientific and technical competence lies mainly in Information and Communication Technologies, as well as in Environmental Science. Specific expertise on ICTs exists on online networks, web seman- tics, collaborative content, online advertising and location-based services. Specific environmental expertise exists in environmental and natural resource economics, sustainable use of resources (including biodiversity and wild resources), market-based instruments for sustainable development, decision support systems and policy support tools.
ORTELIO will organise all the cross-cutting activities that relate to the branding of the RAPP technologies and the exploitation of the project intellectual capital and its related intangible assets, thus ORTELIO will lead tasks dealing with the exploitation and the deployment planning. In addition ORTELIO will contribute in software development of RAPP and integration of RAPP stores.
Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) is a research intense, doctoral level academic institution focused on undergraduate and graduate programs almost exclusively in engineering and applied sciences. With over thirty thousand undergraduate and master students supplemented by over one thousand Ph.D. students served by two and a half thousand professors and instructors, Warsaw University of Technology is the largest and the highest ranking engineering university in Poland. It is composed of 19 faculties and one college. Two research groups take part in the proposed project, one from the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (Institute of Control and Computation Engineering) and the other one from the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering (Division of Theory of Ma- chines and Robots). The Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology acts in the following research areas: control and robotics, biomedical engineering, computer science, control and software engineering, micro- and nano-electronics, optoelectronics and photonics, measuring systems, multimedia technology, radiocommunication and radiolocation, telecommunications. The research activity is implemented in 6 Institutes, which undertake research projects in areas corresponding to scientific domains represented by each institute. The Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering is composed of two institutes conducting research and delivering education in the area of aeronautical sciences, power and heat transfer technology and applied mechanics, including robotics.
WUT is the Core RAPP API leader, responsible for the navigation, motion planning, and image processing modules of RAPP, as well as for software developing.