Universidad Carlos III of Madrid

Founded in 1989, University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is a public university characterized by its strong international focus, the quality of its faculty, excellence in research, and commitment to society.  Despite being a young university, its achievements have placed it among the top universities in Spain. UC3M was one of the top five Spanish universities selected in 2009 for the Spanish Campus of International Excellence program. In 2009, UC3M was the fourth Spanish University in participation in the EU Framework Programme. UC3M is listed in the QS World University ranking in position 280 universities in the world, in position 151-200 for Computer Science, and in position 20 in the top 50 universities under 50 years. UC3M is also listed in the top 200 Universities in Computer Science according to ARWU ranking. During FP7, UC3M participated in 72 funded projects, including 20 MCSA actions. In H2020, UC3M has already obtained 33 funded projects, as well as 5 ERC grants.

The Computer Architecture, Communication and Systems Group (ARCOS) is part of the School of Engineering. It was formed in 2001 and and has been able to attract as faculty members researchers from different universities from Spain and other countries as well as from the industry. ARCOS group focuses on research in parallel and distributed computing systems, and real-time embedded systems. ARCOS participated in the ComplexHPC COST Action (IC 804). The ARCOS group coordinated the recently finished FP7 REPARA project, and also coordinates the NESUS COST Action (IC 1304). Currently, the group participates in the H2020 project RePhrase. Besides that, ARCOS is also a member of international networks as the HIPEAC (European Network of High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) and ETP4HPC (European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing) and actively particpate in the ISO C++ standardization effort through ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG21 (C++ standards committee) representing the Spanish National Body (UNE).

Institute e-Austria Timisoara

Institute e-Austria Timisoara (IeAT) is a fifteen years old private non-profit Romanian research institute in computer science, organized as an association between three public universities to sustain their R&D activities. More than thirty researchers from the Computer Science departments of West and Politehnica Universities of Timisoara, and Johannes-Kepler University of Linz, are currently working to the institute’s projects granted by national and European research agencies. IeAT has run more than 30 large projects in the last decade, partially funded by European Commission, national or foreign research agencies as well as more than 10 technology transfer projects with regional or multi-national companies.
In the frame of EC funded ICT programme, the significant projects with IeAT contributions are the followings: FP7-ICT mOSAIC and MODAClouds –portability and model-driven engineering of Multi-Clouds, AVANTSSAR, SPaCIoS and SPECS – security of services, CIP-ICT SEED –Cloud-based e-government services. Currently IeAT is involved in H2020-ICT CloudLightning – self-organization in heterogeneous clusters and DICE – QoS in Cloud-based services for Big Data.

The team involved in this proposal is specialized in distributed and parallel computing, artificial intelligence and software engineering. The background knowledge that is expected to be exploited in ASPIDE is related resource management and monitoring, machine learning and self-organizing procedures, as well as Big Data.

University of Calabria

Funded in 1972, University of Calabria (UNICAL) is a public institution recently ranked among the first medium-size Italian universities. In particular, UNICAL is ranked among the Top 100 universities in The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings that lists the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under.
UNICAL offers about fifty degree courses and about forty university diploma courses. It is organized in 12 Departments. Teaching staff is composed  of more than 900 persons including full professors, associate professors and assistant professors. Most of the departments have achieved international  standards, as the existence of many post-graduate doctorates demonstrates. Much research is financially supported by external private and public organizations. Often research projects are developed in collaborations with other prestigious institutions in Europe and overseas.

UNICAL is also making great efforts in promoting the development of the Region both at national and international level. More than 60 professors are  affiliated with the Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics, and Systems (DIMES), where research activities in electronics, telecommunications, research operations, system modeling and computer engineering are carried out. Research teams of DIMES participate in several European and national projects. Active research areas in computer engineering are databases, programming languages, cloud computing, logic programming, peer-to-peer, knowledge discovery and data mining, XML, and distributed systems.

The Scalable Computing and Cloud Laboratory research group is part of DIMES and Prof. Domenico Talia leads it. The group consists of 7 people plus master  students in computer engineering. It was formed in 2001 and is active in the areas of massively parallel computing, cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems,  mobile computing, distributed and parallel data mining, distributed knowledge discovery, data integration in distributed systems, and social data analysis.  The research team is involved in national and EC projects (GOVEiN, FP6 CoreGRID, Cost Action IC 804, FP6 XtreemOS, NESUS Cost Action IC1305) in these areas and is active in the research community by contributing to conferences and workshops organization and journals scientific board membership.

Universität Klagenfurt

Universität Klagenfurt (KLU), also known as Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, is a young, lively, innovative university located in the Austrian state of Carinthia, a meeting point of three cultures. KLU is Carinthia’s largest academic institution and a hub for the whole of the Alps-Adriatic region in terms of knowledge acquisition, exchange and transfer. The university’s lively, diverse atmosphere and sense of openness makes it the cultural centre for the region. KLU is recognised for our exceptional teaching quality and wide range of degree and continuing education programmes. There are over 10,000 students studying and researching at KLU. Each year, 1300 programmes of study and 400 continuing education programmes are completed. 

Prof. Radu Prodan has been recently appointed as full professor in the “distributed systems” research group, currently comprising over 10 scientific members, including two associate professors and two administrative and technical staff members. The research focus of the group is in the areas of high-performance computing, Cloud computing and distributed multimedia systems.

An important part of the research activities of the group are centered around the ASKALON (http://www.askalon.org) environment oriented towards novel programming paradigms and tools to simplify the effective use of multiprocessor architectures and geographically distributed heterogeneous resources as the bases for the next generation of performance-oriented applications. ASKALON is fostering research, education, and technology transfer programs that are contributing to evolutionary new ways of utilizing the global information infrastructure as a platform for computation, changing the way in which scientist and engineers solve their everyday problems. The group closely works with many collaborators from industry and academia leveraging high-performance computing for real-world application development in many areas including applied environment applications, finance modelling, high-energy physics, meteorology, medical sciences, on-line gaming, e-learning and disaster management.

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences, is one of the leading research and computing centres in Poland. PSNC focuses on using, innovating and providing HPC, grid, cloud, portal and network technologies to enable advances in science and engineering. It hires around 300 people and is organised into 4 main technical departments: Applications, Supercomputing, Network Services, and Networking Department. PSNC is a coordinator of PIONIER – the Polish Optical Network and as such is a partner of the GEANT network. It also operates one of 5 national HPC centres in Poland. On top of the existing infrastructure PSNC has developed a large number of innovative tools, services and applications.


Based in Rome, Milan, Rende and Pisa (Italy), INTEGRIS is an SME founded in 2013. It operates in the field of ICT, combining traditional System Integration activities with development of Big Data Analytics tools for Cognitive Computing. INTEGRIS is a provider of turn-key ICT based solutions in multiple areas/sectors, including Public Sector, Security, Healthcare, Media, Telecom and Utilities. In few years of business operations, INTEGRIS has significantly increased its working staff to about 220 people. On December 2015 INTEGRIS started-up I-Labs, a competence center for cloud-based “5-S” (Social, Semantics, Sentiment, Speech and Structured Data) Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing. The competence center is backed by 15 experts that counts over 80 years of R&D experience and have been pioneering innovation in Speech and Text Analytics, Sentiment Analysis, Speech Recognition, Audio&Text Mining.


BULL/ATOS (Bull SAS) is the newest member of the Atos family. In 2016, Atos SE is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of 5.6 billion € and 96,000 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. 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. With 80+ years of technology innovation expertise, the new « Big Data & Cyber-security » Service Line (ATOS BDS) gathers the expertise in Big Data, Security and Critical Systems brought by Bull acquisition and the ones already developed by Atos in this domain.

The Service Line is structured into 3 complementary activities: Big Data, Cyber-security and Critical Systems:

  • Big Data: the expertise of extreme performance to unleash the value of data (detailed below)
  • Cyber-security: the expertise of extreme security for business trust
  • Critical Systems: the expertise of extreme safety for mission-critical activities.

In recent years, the Bull R&D labs have developed many major products that are recognized for their originality and quality. These include the Sequana supercomputer which concretes the first results of the “Bull Exascale Program” announced during SuperComputing 2014, bullion servers for the private Clouds and Big Data, the Shadow intelligent jamming system designed to counter RCIEDs, the libertp tool for modernization of legacy applications and hoox, the first European smartphone featuring native security.
To explore new areas and develop tomorrow’s solutions, today, BULL/ATOS R&D is investing heavily in customers – with whom it has forged many successful technological partnerships – as well as in institutional collaborative programs (such as competitiveness clusters and European projects) and in partnerships with industry (Open Source, consortiums). BULL/ATOS is involved with the strategy towards HPC in Europe with the active leadership of ETP4HPC and contribution to the Strategic Research

Servicio Madrileño de Salud

The organization SERVICIO MADRILEÑO DE SALUD (SERMAS) is the administrative and management structure that integrates every public hospital and every public health service of the Madrid Regional Health System. SERMAS (beneficiary) is the legal representative of Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón (HGUGM) and has delegated authority to the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Hospital, which will handle the financial and administrative aspects of the Hospital’s involvement on H2020 projects.

SERMAS-HGUGM:The Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón is the largest University Hospital in Spain (www.hggm.es), affiliated to Universidad Complutense de Madrid. It is a public hospital under the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid, consisting on more than 8,000 professionals responsible for specialized medical care directly of an area with approximately 750,000 citizens. It has 22 buildings and more than 1,700 beds.It has an established Research Institute that encompasses basic, translational and clinical research departments, with all the required infrastructures to perform phase I to IV clinical trials, including full laboratory and imaging equipment and an Ethical Committee. The health research institute of the Hospital consists of a total of 47 research groups that focus their activities on seven major areas (Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovadcular deseases, Neurosciences and mental health; Infectious Deseases and AIDS, Diseases of the immune system, Translational oncology, Sistemic deseases and organ transplantation and a Nursing group).

The Foundation for Biomedical Research manages agreements with public and private entities for the development of specific research projects.

Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital Gregorio Marañón (FIBHGM) is a third party providing in kind contributions free of charge (Art. 12 H2020 General MGA). Collaboration between SERMAS (Hospital) and the Foundation (FIBHGM) is carried through a prior collaboration agreement, by means of which the latter handles the financial and administrative aspects of the Hospital’ involvement in research projects, including all issues relating to the employment and payment of additional personnel, purchase of equipment and consumables, etc. The Foundation is situated in the premises of the Hospital.

Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital Gregorio Marañón will provide the managing structure in Hospital’ involvement in its research projects.