The consortium comprises 11 partners from EU (Greece, France, Spain and Belgium), South Korea and an international collaborator from Australia. The consortium consists of individuals and organizations with several success stories – from basic research innovations up to successful commercialization – and has been assembled in such a way that is capable of jointly managing all activities and risks involved in all SmartFIRE stages.
The different partners complement each other and there exists sufficient common ground and prior record of collaboration to ensure effective cooperation. Yet each partner brings its own unique blend of expertise and skills, either in OpenFlow or in the wireless networking research field, and assumes a distinct and critical role in the project. The consortium is therefore well balanced, both in terms of research and development, and in terms of geographical coverage and representation.
University of Thessaly (UTH) was founded in 1984 and currently comprises 15 departments that are organized in 5 schools and operate in all four cities of the Thessaly prefecture, i.e. Volos, Larissa, Trikala and Karditsa. The Department of Computer Engineering and Communications belongs to School of Engineering of UTH and its facilities are located in Volos. The Networks and Telecommunications laboratory of the Computer and Communications Engineering Department focuses its activities in the areas of wireless networks, mobile communications, security of telecommunications and applications and services for smart cities.
UPMC is the largest scientific and medical university in France. Its computer science laboratory, LIP6, is internationally recognized as a leading research institute. LIP6 is a joint research unit of both UPMC and CNRS – CNRS is a third party linked to UPMC (allowed in FP7 through the special clause n°10 of the Grant Agreement). The LIP6 Networks and Performance Analysis (NPA) group focuses on the Internet of the future, with the vision of an autonomous, reliable, high performance, and secure pervasive network.
iMinds is an independent strategic research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation by addressing technological, legal, business and sociological aspects. The IBCN research group (Internet Based Communication Networks and Services) is part of the Future Internet Department (FID) of the iMinds and belongs to the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent).
The University of Murcia is a large University with approximately 36.000 students and 3.500 staff members. The research group participating in this project has experience in security in network infrastructure and the evaluation of future internet architecture designs. UMU group has participated in several EU projects within FP5 to FP7 in the IPv6 fields with strong expertise in security and mobility in IPv6.
Sigma Orionis, founded in 1984 and established in the Sophia Antipolis science park in France (close to Nice international airport), specializes in services supporting collaborative research and global innovation in ICT. The company is mainly involved in international projects, providing institutions, companies, research laboratories, and universities active in the ICT domain worldwide with services such as technology and market research reports, the organization of business and cooperation events, marketing and dissemination activities, and the secretariat of associations, alliances, and working groups. The company benefits from a 20-year experience of participation in EU-funded projects, and has been or still is a coordinator or partner of 36 projects launched in the ICT theme of the European 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
National ICT Australia (NICTA) was established in 2002. NICTA is Australia’s national Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research. It was established as part of an Australian government initiative (“Backing Australia’s Ability”) to promote science and innovation. NICTA aims to capitalise on the untapped Australian ICT talents of an international standard. It is funded by the federal government’s Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, and the Australian Research Council. A national laboratory has emerged from this powerful union based on the foundations of research, commercialisation, education, and collaboration. With more than 400 employees and over 250 PhD students, NICTA brings together exceptional people from research and industry to create an ICT research centre of excellence.
GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology) is a research-oriented university that focuses on the essential fields of applied science and engineering. The Institute was founded in 1993 by the Korean government to meet the nation’s need for advanced research and to enhance the development of higher education in science and engineering. GIST takes a leading role in performing research and development in cooperation with industry sectors. From the beginning, GIST has been offering highly focused academic programs with 5 (recently expanded to 6) Graduate Schools and has demonstrated its research capabilities by marking the top-level spots among Korean universities in most categories of academic and research performance. As a proof of its remarkable progress, GIST was now ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Asia in terms of ‘Citations per Faculty’ conducted by , a British global university-evaluating agency in 2012.
KISTI is a government-funded research institute designed to maximize the efficiency of science and technology R&D and support high-tech R&D for researchers. KISTI has managed and operated KREONET (Korea Research Environment Open NETwork) that is a national R&D network supported by MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) since 1988. KREONET has a high performance network infrastructure that provides R&D resources, including a wide range of information on science and technology, supercomputing, GRID, and e-science applications, to about 200 key R&D centers in the industrial, academic, and corporate sectors.KREONET is providing a vital element of the national R&D network infrastructure, facilitating cooperative state-of-the-art R&D activity.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is the first and the best research university in Korea in science and technology. Founded in 1971 to raise elites in science and technology, critical for Korea’s economic takeoff, KAIST has been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation, and a driving engine for the development of Korea for past four decades. QS World University Rankings placed KAIST 63rd overall and 24th in engineering and technology in 2012. KAIST is organized in 6 colleges, 21 departments, 6 professional graduate schools and 10 interdisciplinary programs with more than 540 faculties. KAIST is located in the Daedeok Research Park in Daejeon, a national cluster of government research institutes in science and technology, corporate research centers, and more than 900 venture companies.
ETRI is the largest government funded research institute in Korea, which strives to advance science by means of formulating innovative ideas; developing new techniques; and training professional individuals in the area of information telecommunications to ultimately enhance social and economic aspects of the modern society. ETRI consists of 5 research laboratories, 3 research divisions, and 3 administrative divisions. The number of employee of ETRI is more than 2,000, which includes more than 700 Ph. D. researchers. ETRI has produced many outstanding research results.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Seoul National University covers wide research areas of computer science and engineering. CSE plays a leading role in research and education of emerging areas in computer science and engineering such as Mobile Computing, Multimedia, Computer Games, Graphics, Embedded Systems, Bio-Computing, Ubiquitous Computing, e-Business, Cryptography and Security. CSE also continues to excel in core computer science areas such as Software Systems, Networks, and Computational Theory. The professors in CSE act as a chairpersons and keynote speakers in the world’s leading computer-related international conferences. They have achieved a lot of success in supporting the domestic and international industry.