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Israel – Science and Technology LTD (IBM, Coordinator)

IBM Research - Haifa IBM has the world's largest IT research organization, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working at eight labs in six countries. IBM leads the world in patent filing, surpassing the combined total awarded to 12 of the largest IT companies. In aggregate, the company holds nearly 37,000 patents worldwide. IBM Israel Science and Technology Limited is better known as the IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa (HRL). Since it first opened as the IBM Scientific Centre in 1972, HRL has conducted decades of research that have been vital to IBM's success. R&D projects are being executed today in areas such as cloud computing, smarter telco, healthcare and life sciences, discovery, verification technologies, multimedia, active management, information retrieval, programming environments, business transformation, and optimization technologies. The Lab houses IBM's biggest research centre outside the US, and employs over 500 people. HRL has strong legacy in leading and contributing to EU projects such as ModelWare and ModelPlex.

Dr. Fabiana Fournier
Dr. Richard Hull
Lior Limonad

Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Uniroma1)

Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Uniroma1) The Department of Computer and System Sciences (DIS) at Universitŕ degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza" is a center for research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In computer science and engineering DIS is one of the world leaders in academic research on Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Databases, and Algorithms. The Database and Knowledge Representation group, which is involved in the present project, is one of the best known research groups in Description Logics (DLs), data integration, service/process composition and integration, and reasoning about actions. In the above mentioned areas, the group achieved very relevant results, in particular concerning the classification and characterization of architectures for information integration and techniques for query processing in this context, as well as, service/process modeling and automatic service composition, or conceptual data modeling. Furthermore, some of its members are considered among the founders of the research in the area of DLs, which is currently considered of crucial importance for the development of semantic-oriented technologies (Semantic Web). Among its members it includes the following faculties: Prof. De Giacomo, principal investigator of the Uniroma1 unit within the present project, Prof. Maurizio Lenzerini, Prof. Tiziana Catarci, Prof. Riccardo Rosati, Prof. Giuseppe Santucci, Ing. Massimo Mecella, and Ing. Domenico Lembo. Group members serve on a regular basis as program committee (PC) members of the most prestigious conferences in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Databases (e.g., PODS, ICDT, IJCAI, KR) and have been often invited speakers at various international conferences, or PC or general chairs of numerous events including, e.g., ACM-PODS-08.

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe De Giacomo
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Lenzerini

Libera Università di Bolzano (FUB)

Libera  Università di Bolzano (FUB)The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano began its teaching and research activities in 2001.  The Faculty is a research intensive environment where both basic and applied research is carried out in collaboration with the international research community and the local environment.  The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data at the Faculty of Computer Science was founded in 2002, and it now comprises about 25 researchers, including PhD students.  The center aims at being an international center of excellence in basic and applied research on knowledge representation and database technologies and at proposing to selected enterprises innovative ideas and technologies based on the developed research.  The research topics include Conceptual Data Modeling and Ontology Design, Intelligent Information Access and Query processing, Information Integration, Peer to Peer systems, Semi-structured Data, Distributed and Web Information Systems, Web Services, Computational Logic, and Logic-based Computational Linguistics. The KRDB Research Centre has been involved in many national and European projects, including the EU funded projects Esprit 22469 DWQ, IST-2001-34825 SEWASIE (www.sewasie.org), FP6-507482 KnowledgeWeb (knowledgeweb.semanticweb.org), FP6-506779 REWERSE (www.rewerse.net), IST-508011 INTEROP, FP6-7603 TONES, and FP7-231875 ONTORULE (ontorule-project.eu). The centre organises also the European Erasmus Mundus Master in Computational Logic and the European Erasmus Mundus Master in Language and Communication Technologies.  The members of the KRDB Research Centre mostly involved in ACSI will be Diego Calvanese (PI), Alessandro Artale, Werner Nutt, Enrico Franconi, Mariano Rodriguez-Muro, and several postdocs and PhD students.

Prof. Dr. Diego Calvanese
Prof. Werner Nutt
Dr. Alessandro Artale
Evgeny Kharlamov
Babak Bagheri Hariri
Dmitry Zheleznyakov

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial)

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial) The department of Computing at Imperial College London employs over 50 academic staff, about 55 postdoctoral researchers and 125 doctoral students. In the UK Government rating system the department is rated excellent in teaching, was ranked 2nd in the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise of 2008, and received the top-most score in the previous Research Assessment Execercises (1996, 2001). Its main research areas are logic-based foundations of computing, software engineering, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and image processing. Specifically on the intended contribution to the project, the Department of Computing has been a leading international centre for research in artificial intelligence and computational logic since 1975, and in particular in knowledge representation and automated reasoning, including recent results in automatic model checking. The project will build directly upon this latter expertise.

At Imperial the project will be hosted by the Logic and Artificial Intelligence Section. This comprises 10 permanent members of staff and several post-doctoral and doctoral researchers. Throughout the years, the section has been supported by a number of research grants from the UK, the EU, as well as information technology companies.

Dr. Alessio Lomuscio
Dr. Fabio Patrizi

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven The Architecture of Information Systems (AIS) research group of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) is participating in this project. TU/e is one of Europe's leading research universities in Engineering Science & Technology and contributes to the advancement of engineering science and the development of societal and technological innovations. The Architecture of Information Systems (AIS) research group at TU/e investigates methods, techniques and tools for the design and analysis of Process-Aware Information Systems (PAIS), i.e., systems that support business processes (workflows) inside and between organizations.  Hence, the focus is not limited to information systems and their architecture, but also the modeling and analysis of business processes and the organizations they support.  AIS’s mission is to be one of the worldwide leading research groups in process modeling and analysis, process mining, and PAIS technology.  The group driven by the motto "Process Technology that Works" and is well-known for innovations that are highly original and applicable in real-life situations. AIS researchers are working on a wide range of topics including workflow management, process mining, simulation, Petri nets, business process management, process modeling, and process analysis. This resulted not only in landmark publications but also in software products and true impact in industry.

The group is known for its work on process analysis (in particular process mining and verification) and workflow management.  For example, the notion of soundness and corresponding workflow verification tools has been widely adopted by both academics and practitioners. The Workflow Patterns initiative (collaboration with QUT) has influenced several standardization processes and has become a standard tool for the selection of WFM/BPM technology. In the last decade hundreds of patterns have been collected and these are distributed via the website www.workflowpatterns.com (the most visited website in the workflow area for many years). More recently, the work of AIS on process mining has had a significant impact on the BPM field. The ProM tool, developed by members of the AIS group, has been applied in dozens of companies. Many of the ideas in ProM have been re-implemented in commercial tools such as Protos, BPM - one, Futura Reflect, ARIS PPM, etc. In fact, the work on process mining done at TU/e is seen as one of the most important innovations in the BPM field by Gartner.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Wil van der Aalst
Dr. Ir. Eric Verbeek
Dr. Boudewijn van Dongen
Dr. Massimiliano de Leoni

Tartu Ülikool (UT)

Tartu Ulikool (UT) With around 18000 students and 1400 academic staff, University of Tartu (UT) is the largest university in Estonia. Founded in 1632, UT is member of the Coimbra Group, uniting reputable European research universities of long-standing traditions.
UT's Institute of Computer Science (CS) has over 400 students (incl. 35 doctoral students) and 34 academic staff. The institute conducts research in programming languages, software engineering, distributed systems, cryptography, bioinformatics, data mining, and language technology.

The Institute is a key research partner in the Estonian Center of Excellence in Computer Science and in the Software Technology and Applications Competence Centre – an R&D centre that involves 10 industry partners and conducts industry-driven research projects in the fields of services engineering and data mining. The institute is involved in four FP6/FP7 projects as well as one EUREKA project in the field of Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing.

Prof. Dr. Marlon Dumas
Dr. Peep Küngas
Dr. Viara Popova

Indra Software Labs SLU (Indra)

Indra  Software Labs SLU (Indra) INDRA Software Labs is part of the Indra Group, established in July 2004. With the integration of companies Azertia and Soluciona in 2006, Indra has grown to become the leading company in solutions and services involving high technology content in Spain and one of the main European and Latin-American companies. Indra is the premier information technology company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to stock market capitalisation, and it is one of the top three Spanish companies with significant investment in R&D. In 2007, revenues exceeded € 2.167 M, of which a third came from the international market. Indra has become an outstanding reference on the markets on which it operates, both nationally and internationally. With references in more than 90 countries on the five continents, approximately a third of the company’s annual revenues come from the international markets. Indra is organised around six vertical markets: Defence and Security; Transport and Traffic; Energy and Industry; Telecom and Media; Finance and Insurance and Public Administration and Healthcare. The company employs more than 28.000 professionals.

Indra Software Labs consists of several technology development centres, whose objective is the development of new products and innovative services specialized in different areas. Products developed by Indra Software Labs have their own commercial operability, and have the support and the experience of Indra Group. Indra Software Labs works like a unique virtual centre providing services of software development in more than 25 countries, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is one of its best actives. A local “offshore/near shore” development model, the continuous bet for R&D and the compromise with the generation of high quality technology products conform to the current vision of Indra SL. The technology development centres of Indra Software Labs located in Madrid, Badajoz, Malaga, Salamanca, Ciudad Real, Lérida, La Coruña, Bratislava, Ciudad de Panamá, Buenos Aires and Manila, are capable of producing global personalized services, developing customized and outsourcing solutions, as well as internal software developments. More than 1,500 professionals develop innovative products and specialized services for a variety of sectors. The collaboration with our technological partners and the internal quality requirements, given by the adoption of several ISO certificates, provides a guaranteed standard of excellence for projects carried out by Indra’s development centres.

David Toribio Gómez
Catherine Murphy-O'Connor

Collibra NV/SA (Collibra)

Collibra  NV/SA (Collibra) Collibra was founded in June 2008 as a spin-off from the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). VUB STARLab is a centre of excellence in semantic technology research. This lab validated its methods and tools in many European (FP6 and 7) and national research projects.
Collibra was founded on a vision that business ecosystems have evolved from rigid value chains towards agile, globalized value networks. In this reality, the need for the exchange, integration and understanding of heterogeneous information has become of strategic and competitive importance. Despite its technological success story, the ICT enterprise as we know it is hampered by a rampant growth of metadata and a massive dump of scattered legacy data.

Collibra is convinced that architecting the next-generation enterprise requires a paradigm shift that goes beyond technical excel. Main drivers behind the dynamics of this so-called Enterprise 2.0 are the strategic and meaningful reconciliation of disparate data assets by describing them with so-called business semantics, and the pervasiveness of these processes in the daily workflows of business and IT. In other words, Collibra envisions semantics as the key enabling technology for governing and deliverying heterogeneous information assets across the extended enterprise. Collibra’s mission is to provide our customers with solutions for semantic data integration and metadata management. Currently Collibra has several customers in government and industry.

Dr. Pieter De Leenheer
Stijn Christiaens