Project Partners


National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) - Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) ‐ Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is one of the main actors in research and development of semantic technologies in the world. DERI performs research in the semantic Web, social networks, sensor network platforms, and semantic web services and applies its research results to solve integration problems in various application‐oriented projects in eLearning, eGovernment, eBusiness, and eHealth. DERI develops advanced Semantic Web infrastructures, and platforms for running large‐scale, data‐intensive experiments, which facilitate collaborative social working environments, scalable storage and reasoning engines, distributed computing, and ontology development. DERI actively participates in and leads research funded by the EU FP6 and FP7 programs while DERI members also actively participate in a number of standardization activities. 

DERI’s Health Care and Life Sciences Domain Unit (DHCLS) carries out research concerned with the effective integration of large, heterogeneous biological, medical and pharmacological datasets. Our expertise spans the semantic modelling of data and processes, through to personalised application composition, text analytics, and ontological modelling. Additional information is available at http://www.deri.ie

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece
The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and is being supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Education. ICCS is a non‐profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry out research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunications, computer systems and techniques and their application in a variety of areas such as transceivers, radar and generally electromagnetic sensors, satellite and wireless communications, neural networks, software and hardware engineering, telematics and multimedia applications, transport applications, control systems, robotics, biomedical engineering, electric power, renewable energy sources, and distributed generation and management systems. The personnel of ICCS consist of a number of Research scientists and more than 500 Associate scientists (including Ph.D. students). The research carried out in ICCS is substantially supported by SECE University Professors. There are 13 research units and 28 laboratories presently active in ICCS. ICCS is very active in European co‐funded research activities and has been the project manager of many EU projects in various programs (e.g. EC, ISIS, RACE II, ESPRIT, IES, ACTS, INFOSEC, BRITE‐EURAM, STRIDE, MIP‐Informatics, Telematic Applications, IST, GROWTH, QoL, JOULE, ENERGIE, fp6, fp7 etc.) in all of the above mentioned research areas. In the frame of the proposed project, the Biomedical Simulations and Imaging (BIOSIM) Laboratory of the ICCS will be involved in tasks related with the development of the data analysis and modelling component for the SIFEM. Biomedical Simulations and Imaging (BIOSIM) Laboratory The BIOSIM Laboratory was founded in 1999 and is part of the ICCS and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National University of Athens. The members of the Laboratory are actively involved in a variety of research activities, reflected in more than 400 publications in scientific journals and international conferences. Additional information is available at http://www.iccs.gr

University of Southampton - Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, UK
The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) is a School of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics at the University of Southampton in England. The ISVR was formed 35 years ago as a direct consequence of Southampton University pioneering research into noise. This research was driven by the need to better understand high aircraft noise, in particular its potential to induce the structural failure of airframes. Since its inception in 1963, the ISVR has enjoyed a world class reputation in all areas of acoustics. Today, the ISVR boasts in excess of one hundred research staff dedicated to the study of noise and vibration. In particular, there are 45 academic staff, 15 consulting and clinic staff, 31 research fellows and 100 PhD researchers. Areas of study are as diverse as clinical acoustics, applied signal processing, novel experimental and analytical techniques, environmental acoustics, medical acoustics, shock analysis, high intensity noise, underwater acoustics, structural dynamics and industrial noise control. The ISVR also houses the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre, which employs about 30 clinical staff and is currently involved in about 90 new implants a year. This clinical centre has strong links with the research groups in the ISVR in areas from developmental aspects of implants and the perception of music, to signal processing and the design of electrodes. Additional information is available at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/research/centres/isvr.pag e

Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
Linköping University is one of the largest universities in Sweden comprising four faculties (Arts and Sciences, Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, and Institute of Technology) employing almost 3 000 persons and lecturing near 30 000 students. Linköping University provides education at undergraduate, masters, PhD and postdoc levels as well as high quality research. The group of Technical Audiology, Linköping University (Sweden) is headed by Prof Stefan Stenfelt and comprises some 15 persons working in the field of hearing science and audiology. The field of research comprises audiological rehabilitation, genetics and epidemiology, auditory neurology, hearing physiology, hearing diagnostics, and cognitive hearing science. The group is part of the national excellence centre in cognitive hearing science (HEAD, www.head.se). The group consists of 3 senior researchers, 1 post doc researchers, 6 PhD students, and 3 research assistants. Additional information is available at http://www.liu.se

 BioIRC d.o.o. Kragujevac, Serbia
Bioengineering Research and Development Center (BioIRC) is a SME for bioengineering, scientific computing and software development founded in 2008 and located at Kragujevac in Serbia. The basis of center is former group from Center for Scientific Research of Serbian Academy of Science and Art from University of Kragujevac which is independent research institution now. The scientific leader of the BioIRC Prof. Nenad Filipovic is conducting the scientific projects, among which is a dominant project between BioIRC and Harvard University in the field of modelling in physiology and medical imaging. Also there is project with University of Texas regarding modelling of blood microcirculation, margination and endocytosis of particles. The BioIRC is capable, with its hardware, software and researchers, to participate in activities within the project. The BioIRC already has a large number of papers published or currently in press in the field of methods of computer modelling, which spans from traditional finite element method to modern discrete particle modelling and multiscale modelling in engineering and bioengineering. There are a number of international projects with University of Vienna, University of Tubingen, PolyU University in Hong Kong, University of Munich, University of Heidelberg, related to biomedical engineering modelling and image processing. A number of scientific publications were published related to blood flow modelling and particularly thrombosis modelling using discrete particle methods. Additional information is available at http://www.BioIRC.ac.rs

INTRASOFT International SA
INTRASOFT International S.A. is a leading European, ISO 9001-certified company in the area of Information Technology and Communication services provision. It has a broad portfolio of business activities addressing a wide range of international and National, Public and Private Organisations. INTRASOFT International is a subsidiary of INTRACOM IT SERVICES, a member of INTRACOM HOLDINGS Group that employees some 6,200 people in 21 countries around the world. INTRACOM Group is the largest manufacturing industry and provider of systems, products and services in the areas of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Defence Electronics in Greece with exports in more than 55 countries all over the world, with a focus on EU, Central and South-Eastern Europe, N. Africa and the Middle East. INTRASOFT International was established in October 1996 to better serve public and private sector clients throughout Western Europe with a particular focus in European Union bodies and agencies. Since then INTRASOFT International has achieved impressive organic growth. Consolidated organic revenue in 2009 reached € 82,8 million (2008: € 71,6 million). Despite the prevailing market conditions, we expect 2010 to represent yet another year of considerable growth. At the end of 2009, INTRASOFT International employed over 700 professionals working in Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece and Romania, 20% of which have postgraduate degrees, representing 17 different nationalities and mastering more than 15 languages. Additional information is available at http://www.intrasoft-intl.com

University College London - Ear Institute, UK   
The Ear Institute (University College London‐UCL), forms part of the largest biomedical science faculty in Europe achieving a highly‐successful UoA4 return (40% at 4* and 30% at 3*) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/homepage). The Ear Institute is the focal point of the newly launched ENT theme of the UCL Academic Health Services Partnerships. The Institute benefits from close links with the UCL Depts of Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Anatomy and the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre and hosts regular cross‐disciplinary and work‐in‐progress talks and virtual and on‐site seminars for clinicians. The Ear Institute now constitutes the largest single grouping of basic and clinical scientists interested in hearing and deafness in the UK and has received over £7,000,000 of research funding from Charities and research councils. Additional information is available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/homepage

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1st Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery   
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded in 1837. It is the largest public institution of higher education in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. It is a legal entity of public law with 32 Faculties and 111 Postgraduate programmes of all disciplines, 158 Laboratories, 69 Clinics (included in 4 University Hospitals), 6 Central Libraries. The 1st University Department of Otolaryngology (AORL) was established in 1939 at the Hippokrateio Hospital in Athens, and is the largest Otolaryngology Department in the country (www.entuoa.gr). It provides clinical services for all major subspecialties including Otology & Neurotologic surgery, Audiology, Head & Neck Oncology, Lateral Skull Base Surgery, Rhinology and Laryngology. It is also one of the Cochlear Implant Centres in Athens. In particular, the Audiology Laboratory is one of the most prestigious in the country and is focused in the assessment of hearing and balance using the latest technology in audiological and vestibular research, including electrophysiological testing of hearing, otoacoustic emissions for assessment of the cochlear function and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials for the assessment of the balance organ. The AORL department has one of the most competitive postgraduate surgical training programs, with 15 surgical Residents. It is responsible for the undergraduate training program of Medical and Dental Students of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (http://eclass.uoa.gr/courses/MED332/). The AORL department is actively involved in clinical and basic science research and has published over 130 scientific papers in international peer‐reviewed journals over the last 5 years. Additional information is available at http://www.uoa.gr

Hals‐Nasen‐Ohrenklinik Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich, Germany
Founded in 1868 the Technical University Munich (TUM) is a leading public research university in Bavaria a part of Germany. The Department of Otorhinolaryngology (HNO‐Klinik) belongs to the Medical Faculty which was founded in 1967 as a part of the TUM.. Currently there are more than 32000 students educated at the TUM mainly for their work in industry. Additional information is available at www.med.tum.de

The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui, is one of New Zealand’s leading universities and is New Zealand's oldest university, founded as Victoria College by act of parliament in 1897. It undertakes research and teaching of the highest quality so as to create, disseminate and advance new knowledge. Victoria recognises the connections between research, teaching and scholarship, and the central importance of critical analysis and rigorous evaluation of ideas to humanity’s intellectual and social advancement. These strong points, combined with a culture of review and continuous improvement, support a wide‐range of research‐led degrees and postgraduate education of a robust, international standard. Situated in New Zealand’s capital city and spread across across four campuses, Victoria takes advantage of connections and values its relationships with iwi, business, government, the judiciary, public and private research organisations, cultural organisations and resources, other universities and tertiary providers and the international community through the diplomatic corps. RTV offers graduate and undergraduate programmes in Architecture and Design, Commerce and Administration, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Science. Additional information is available at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/ecs/default.aspx