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Aalto University, School of Science and Technology

Aalto University was created in 2010 when the former Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design were combined. TKK was the oldest and largest University of Technology in Finland, dating back to the nineteenth century (1849). LinkedDesign will mainly be executed at the BIT Research Centre (www.bit.hut.fi) and its DIALOG team (http://dialog.hut.fi). The DIALOG team has been developing distributed software architectures for industry for over 10 years. Key technologies are semantic net storage, agent processing technologies, machine learning, message-oriented middleware and integration with existing industrial systems. In a recent audit of the university and two other universities, BIT was evaluated seventh of over one hundred units. The DIALOG team was one of the first in the world to embrace the Internet of Things concept, which has later been extended to areas such as Intelligent Products and the data storage and processing mechanisms related to them.

Additional information is available at http://www.aalto.fi/en/

Aker Solutions ASA

Aker Solutions ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Aker Solutions”), is a leading global oil services company that provides engineering services, technologies, product solutions and field-life solutions for the oil and gas industry. The Aker Solutions group is organised in a number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common brand/trademark for most of these entities.

Aker Solutions’ parent company is Aker Solutions ASA.  The company has aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 35 billion and employs approximately 18 000 people in about 30 countries.

Additional information is available at http://www.akersolutions.com

BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH

The BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH is a scientific engineering research institute. It was founded in July 1981 as one of the first affiliated institutes of the University of Bremen. Today it is one of the biggest research institutes of the state. It develops technical and organizational solutions for tasks from various areas of production technology as well as from other related scientific disciplines and puts them into practice both in SMEs as well as multinational companies.

The research unit “ICT applications for production (IKAP)” prepares, develops and realises methods and tools to support co-operative, inter-organisational enterprise networks. In Linked Design BIBA will especially bring in experience in the field of intelligent information- and communication-environments for cooperative production.

Additional information is available at: http://www.biba.uni-bremen.de/


Comau is a technology and innovation leader committed to the continuous improvement of products, processes and services, through the production of advanced manufacturing systems.We oversee our products from the idea and design phase, through to completion, training and maintenance. Our products consistently exceed the needs and expectations of our customers in industry segments such as, automotive, aerospace, heavy industry, military, and recreational.With 24 locations in 13 countries, and more than 40 years of experience, Comau takes pride in being a global leader in the industrial automation field, while providing the highest level of localized support.

Additional information is available at: http://www.comau.com

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is educating more than 8000 students in all engineering disciplines and participating in numerous national and international research projects in all engineering domains. The Computer Aided Design and Production Laboratory (LICP) of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of EPFL is involved in various fundamental and applied research projects in the Sustainable Manufacturing in collaboration with Swiss and European industrial partners. To respond to the scientific challenges presented by important research problems the following activities have been defined within LICP: Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management, Semantic Modelling and Reasoning for Lifecycle Engineering Applications including predictive maintenance using smart Product Embedded Information devices, methodologies and algorithms for data, information & knowledge transformation etc.

In LinkedDesign EPFL-LICP will bring in experience from own research efforts in the framework of relevant PhD research studies in Closed Loop Lifecycle Management, Lifecycle Assessment and Lifecycle Costing as well as from his active participation in the FP6 IP 507100 PROMISE where EPFL-LICP was initiator as well as from the FP7 project IMS2020 and in the FP7 FoF projects PLANTCockpit and ActionPlanT.

Additional information is available at: http://www.epfl.ch


Holonix is a spin off from Politecnico di Milano, providing advanced ICT solutions based on the research outputs of the university researches. Its staff is mainly coming from consultancy companies and has experience of industrial ICT implementation, while the link with the RTD is guarantee by senior researchers holding a Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano.

Holonix focuses on the Lifecycle Data and Knowledge Management, and its core solution is the “i-LiKe” (intelligent Lifecycle data and Knowledge) platform, which synthesize the experiences and ideas from the last 8 years of research of Politecnico on Product Lifecycle Management. It is architecturally based on the achievements of several European Project, while intelligence algorithms and DSS comes from the experiences in industrial researches carried out by Politecnico. The platform is composed of several modules, so the whole platform can be easily customized and satisfy different requirements of different customers such as, for example, logistic providers, production companies and assets management companies.

Additional information is available at: http://www.holonix.it

Institute for Applied Computer Science

The Institute for Applied Computer Science e.V. (InfAI) at the University of Leipzig hosts world class research groups in databases, service sciences, knowledge engineering and management as well as natural language processing. The goal of InfAI is to promote science and research in the areas of computer science and business computing. This is achieved through the realization of interdisciplinary research projects whose results will be made public through diverse channels.

The InfAI collaborates with the database group at the University of Leipzig and the web data integration lab (WDI-Lab). Current research topics include data integration, metadata management, and data management challenges in the life sciences.

Additional information is available on http://infai.org/ and http://dbs.uni-leipzig.de/ .

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is the second largest university in Norway, and the premier university in Norway in the areas of science and technology. NTNU has about 21.000 students in total, and a staff of about 5.000. The university is located in the city of Trondheim.

NTNU has brought together the expertise from three different departments and SINTEF, in order to provide the best possible knowledge in the LinkedDesign project.

The Department of Engineering Design and Materials has a strong emphasis on Design methodology, Collaborative engineering, CAE, Design for manufacture, and Activity-centric UI concepts for collaborative engineering.

The Department of Computer and Information science has excellent knowledge of Active Knowledge Modeling (AKM), Semantic technologies (RDF(S), OWL), and Quality frameworks for conceptual/semantic models.

The Department of Production and Quality Engineering has a long experience from international projects in production management and engineering, production planning, integrated ERP and MES systems, cost engineering, supply chain integration, and RFID-enriched supply chains.


SINTEF Technology and Society is also collaborating with NTNU on the LinkedDesign project. The department for Industrial Management in SINTEF works on R&D within areas such as production management, lean production, information sharing in supply chains, information dashboards, performance measurement systems and knowledge modeling.

See more at www.ntnu.no and www.sintef.no

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) is the most important technical university in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe. Since 1850 Politecnico di Milano has been active in several scientific and technical fields. In particular, Management and Production Engineering Master of Science course is active since 1985.

Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering (DIG – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale) is involved in this project with its specific competences in the fields of Innovation Management and Product Lifecycle Management. The Department has been involved in several European projects such as PLANTFABER, MAIN-E, IMS-GEM, CE-NET, PROMISE, INCOCO-S, PRIME, SOCRADES, LeanPPD, Gala, IMS 2020, MSEE, Premanus, S-MC-S, e-Sonia.

The official website of POLIMI is www.polimi.it


SAP Research is the global technology research unit of SAP. The group significantly contributes to SAP’s product portfolio and extends its leading position in the market by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends and generating breakthrough technologies through applied research. In contrast to SAP’s product groups and development labs that work on new functions and releases, the researchers explore opportunities that haven’t yet been developed into products.

SAP Research spreads its research and development activities around the globe. Currently, their thriving network comprises of 13 centers worldwide, including their headquarters in Walldorf, and numerous partners from the business and academic worlds.

Additional information is available under http://www.sap.com/research and http://www.sap.com.

(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications.


TRIMEK is an SME based in Spain and one of the main manufacturers of metrological systems and solutions worldwide, and is the leading company in the Basque Country and Spanish markets in the field of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). TRIMEK develops metrology and dimensional inspection solutions for the automotive, aeronautical, ship-building, transport and machine tool industrial sector. TRIMEK holds expertise in the area of coordinate measurement machines, robotics, machine integration and control development, which will be a key contribution to the project development.

TRIMEK has experience and expertise in managing and participating in European R&D projects, such as the NanoCMM project (Universal and flexible 3D coordinate metrology for micro and nano components production) and in participating in several ICT European projects during the last years, such as MULTINET, SWOP, AMI4SME, and others.

Additional information is available at: www.trimek.com


UBITECH is a leading, highly innovative company, established to provide leading edge intelligent technical solutions and consulting services to businesses, organizations and government in order to allow the efficient and effective access and communication with various heterogeneous information and services, anytime and anywhere. UBITECH enables real-time valid information processing and decision-making, the realization of intelligent business environments, and B2B and B2C transactions by providing high added-value business-oriented and –based solutions.

UBITECH employs 17 highly qualified software engineers. The personnel of UBITECH has participated in several R&D projects with focus in the following knowledge domains: a) Semantic Web Services, b) Manual and Semi-automatic Process Composition, c) Interoperability Technologies, d) Semantic P2P infrastructures, and e) Knowledge-based Grid Workflows.

Additional information is available at http://www.ubitech.eu

Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2010, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 7.203 million (2009: 6.336 million), corresponding to an 11.4 percent share of the world passenger car market.

In Western Europe just over one in five new cars (21.0 percent) comes from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales came in 2010 to 126.9 billion euros (2009: 105.2 billion). Profit after tax in the 2010 financial year amounted to 7.2 billion euros (2009: 0.9 billion).

The Group is made up of nine brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Scania.

Additional information is available at: http://www.volkswagen.de

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