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C.C.I.C.C.

C.C.I.C.C.

Dissemination and Exploitation

Ireland

5 Northumberland Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
Ireland

Web: www.carrcommunications.ie
Twitter: @CarrCommsLTD


C.C.I.C.C.

C.C.I.C.C., founded in 1973, is one of Ireland’s leading providers of dissemination, communications, exploitation, training and consultancy with over 30 full time and contract employees. The company currently provides dissemination and exploitation consultancy to a large number of private and public sector clients across Europe. The team at C.C.I.C.C. has extensive experience, understanding and qualifications in user requirements analysis, environmental protection, safety, and risk management from an operational perspective. They have also gained considerable expertise in developing and implementing communication and engagement programmes that seek to influence citizen/consumer behaviour. They have been involved in a large number of FP7 projects and are engaged in a number of H2020 projects and proposals.

C.C.I.C.C. works extensively in large communication contracts requiring strategy and policy dissemination to targeted audiences and the wider population. The company is also involved in the development of strategic management, communications and exploitation plans for a number of industrial, environmental, government and public sector clients, as well as the provision of training, consultancy and exploitation support needed to implement those plans.



Role in the project

As experts in achieving high impact communication and exploitation success, C.C.I.C.C. will lead the work package on communication, education and exploitation activities. In addition, they will lead key tasks dealing with incentivising citizens’ participation in SCENT. Furthermore, they will contribute significantly to the research, design and implementation of the citizen engagement movement.

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Region of Attica

Region of Attica

SCENT Toolbox Requirements and Architecture

Greece

15-17, Syngrou Avenue
11743, Athens
Greece

Web: www.patt.gov.gr


Region of Attica

The Attica region is a second level local government organisation, governing the wider area of the Athens metropolis. It consists of eight Regional Divisions: Central Athens, Southern Athens, Northern Athens, Western Athens, Piraeus, Saronic Islands, Western Attica and Eastern Attica. The Attica region consists of around 4 million citizens and is organised as a metropolitan region. The organisation plans and implements policies at regional level within its jurisdiction, in compliance with the principles of sustainable development and social cohesion of the Greek state.

The Region of Attica is responsible for implementing strategic plans and for detailing the guidelines of environmental policies at regional level. The Region of Attica has also participated in several interregional co-operation projects in the field of environmental protection.



Role in the project

The Region of Attica will contribute greatly to the work on the SCENT toolbox requirements and architecture. The organisation will provide the perspective of a regional public authority on the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’. Their input will be central with respect to the tool providing an enhanced flood risk map relevant to the Kifisos pilot as well as the crowd-sourcing and gaming apps of the SCENT toolbox. Attica will also lead the Integration and real-life large scale demonstrations work package and coordinate the pilot trials in Kifisos.

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Hellenic Rescue Team Attica

Hellenic Rescue Team Attica

Crowdsourcing and Gaming Volunteer Representatives

Greece

10-12 Agonaridou & Mastracha Str.
11744 Athens
Greece

Web: www.eodathens.gr
Twitter: @HRTAttica


Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

HRTA is a purely volunteer-based Greek citizen association. The organisation, whose mission is to assist people in danger both locally and internationally, was founded in 1999 and has been growing ever since. It was created by a group of friends who voluntarily joined forces to assist the state bodies in their relief efforts during a devastating earthquake in Athens in 1999. Today HRTA has trained more than 600 members, all of whom are volunteers, and many of whom work in business or are lawyers, physicians, doctors, teachers, mountaineers, lifeguards, divers, whitewater guides, instructors, or people with diverse experience in these areas.

When helping people in danger, HRTA volunteers cooperate with government and other security forces. HRTA is currently organised and trained to react in three key fields: Wilderness Search and Rescue, Water Search and Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Assistance.

Constant training in search and rescue procedures, self-rescue techniques, aid provision, medical first aid and similar topics during weekends and after working hours enables the team to be pro-active in their prevention work and prepared to provide emergency assistance as well as post-emergency humanitarian aid and relief.

HRTA highly values the role SCENT plays in educating the public and strengthening social responsibility and the spirit of volunteerism.



Role in the project

Hellenic Rescue Team Attica (HRTA) is one of SCENT partners aiming to provide the perspective of a volunteer-based citizen association on the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’. Their main focus will be on the crowd-sourcing and gaming applications of the SCENT toolbox. Their input will be based on their views as normal citizens, but also as a group with extensive experience as rescuers in flood-related events and disasters. Field trips, text input and environmental data through SCENT portable sensors are also part of their duties as well as mapping its networks across the EU/globe and organising local training sessions with citizens in the Kifisos area.

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XTeam Software Solutions

XTeam Software Solutions

Serious Gaming and Participant Incentivisation

Italy

Via Luigi Einaudi 99
45100 Rovigo
Italy

Web: www.xteamsoftware.com
Twitter: @XteamSoftware


XTeam Software Solutions

XTeam, based in Italy, has been operating as game production company for the past 20 years. The company specialises in the design and development of entertainment. They develop software, video games, educational software, multimedia and serious games for desktop, mobile, web and consoles. They focus on the development of algorithms, engines and visual technologies for marketing and entertainment. XTeam’s priorities include technological innovation and social justice, and they design ethical games.

XTeam carries out both commercial and research activities in the area of gamification. The company is active in EU-funded research projects, such as in 3D-Tune-In, where gamification techniques are used to help fine tuning hearing aids. XTeam’s slogan is “Games are for everyone”.



Role in the project

XTeam will lead the work on incentivising citizens’ participation in SCENT. They will oversee and lead the design and implementation of each component of the work package. XTeam will also lead an initial phase where best practices will be identified, and contribute to the definition of the game mechanisms and the citizen engagement strategy.

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Romanian Ornithological Society

Romanian Ornithological Society

SCENT Toolbox Architecture Volunteer Perspective

Romania

Bd. Hristo Botev, nr.3, ap. 6
030231, Sector 3, Bucharest
Romania

Web: www.sor.ro


Romanian Ornithological Society

SOR is a non-profit Romanian NGO that protects birds and nature with the support of members, volunteers, donations and project based funding. The organisation has established itself as a key stakeholder for species preservation around the Danube Delta. They have a nationwide presence in Romania through local branches and school groups. SOR advises and on local, regional and national protection of birds and raises public awareness on the importance and value of birds and habitats as natural capital.

They have important links with other local stakeholders, other NGOs and public organisations for the protection of the Danube Delta reserve as well as a strong interest and extensive experience in the impact of climate change on natural reserves in general. The organisation lobbies the Government to ensure compliance with and implementation of national and EU level environmental legislation. SOR has been a national partner organisation of BirdLife International since 1997.



Role in the project

The Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) will play a key role in the work on the SCENT toolbox requirements and architecture. SOR will provide the perspective of a volunteer-based citizen association that focuses on the protection of birds and the natural environment in general. Their input is key to finding the optimal characteristics of a ‘citizen observatory’, especially with respect to the crowd-sourcing and gaming app features relevant to their use by NGOs and volunteer organisations. SOR will also lead the task that aims to describe and benchmark available in-situ monitoring systems in the pilot sites. They will be in charge of organising the Danube Delta pilot.

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U-Hopper

U-Hopper

Crowdsourcing Platform Development and SCENT Toolbox Requirements

Italy

Via Antonio da Trento, 8/2
38122 Trento
Italy

Web: www.u-hopper.com
Twitter: www.u-hopper.com


U-Hopper

U-Hopper is a research-intensive high-tech SME founded in 2010 and headquartered in the Trentino area in Italy. The company provides big data-enabled solutions and technologies to the government, retail and marketing sectors. It builds its solutions on the concept of fully exploiting the information and knowledge hidden in the enormous amount of data that can be collected using mobile devices and Internet-of-Things technology. Using cutting-edge data mining techniques and data analytics tools, U-Hopper’s solutions enable customers to identify and extract relevant patterns that can be applied to a variety of domains. These include mobile advertising, environmental monitoring in-store analytics and citizen-centric participatory services.

U-Hopper is a spin-off of the international research centre CREATE-NET. U-Hopper focuses on the design, prototyping and evaluation of innovative distributed and mobile sensing solutions. U-Hopper solutions target both public bodies as well as organisations in the private sector. UH’s staff has
significant experience in the design of participatory platforms and services.



Role in the project

U-Hopper will lead the development of an innovative crowd-sourcing platform to be used in the SCENT pilot sites for monitoring land use change. They will steer the analysis of requirements and platform design, features development and integration activities as well as the activities that will enable the customisation of the platform at the pilot sites. Furthermore, U-Hopper will lead the exploitation and sustainability activities aimed at maximising the ability of partners to jointly achieve a long-standing impact on science, technology and society. With extensive experience in the analysis of requirements for ICT-centric projects, U-Hopper will also lead the identification and analysis of requirements for the SCENT toolbox.

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Danube Delta National Institute

Danube Delta National Institute

SCENT Toolbox Requirements and Architecture

Romania

165 Babadag Street
Tulcea 820112
Romania

Web: www.ddni.ro


DDNI, established in 1970, is a Romanian State-owned public institution under the authority of Education and Scientific Research Ministry. It focuses on basic and applied research in the field of ecology and environmental protection. The institute provides scientific support for the management of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) and other wetland areas of national and international interest for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Since 2009, the institute has been a sub-unit of the National Institute for Research and Development for Environmental Protection.

The DDNI has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary projects across a range of issues, including environmental impact assessment, environmental protection, geographic information systems and sustainable use. They also have considerable expertise in land use analysis by earth observation. Furthermore, the DDNI has participated in numerous EU FP projects and other EU-funded interregional projects, such as NATURNET – REDIME, GEM-CON-BIO and DANUBEPARKS. The institute’s expertise and potential was recognised at European level in 2000 when it was selected as a Centre of Excellence for Deltas and Wetlands within the European Commission’s Centres of Excellence Programme.



Role in the project

The Danube Delta National Institute (DDNI) will lead the work package on the SCENT toolbox requirements and architecture. The institute will play a key role in defining end-user and stakeholder needs relevant for the SCENT toolbox in order to form an active and self-sustainable citizen observatory. It will collect information on existing in-situ monitoring systems in the Danube Delta pilot site and organise workshops/interviews to identify knowledge and information gaps relevant to the pilot. DDNI has vast experience in research on environmental issues relevant to the Danube Delta. It will provide the GEOSS portal with valuable information on flood hazards and vulnerability in the test area of the Danube Delta.

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Hydrodynamic and Hydrological Modeling

Netherlands

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Westvest 7
2611 AX Delft
The Netherlands

Web: https://www.un-ihe.org/


IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (formerly UNESCO-IHE), based in Delft, the Netherlands, is the largest international water education facility in the world. Its mission is to contribute to the education and training of water professionals, carry out water-related research and support organisations active in the fields of water and environment. Since 1957, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from 162 countries. Over 150 PhD fellows are currently enrolled in water-related research and more than 120 water research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world at any one time.

The institute has vast experience in research projects. It led EU FP6 project SWITCH (Sustainable city of the future) and FP7 project KULTURisk, and is currently leading the H2020 project PEARL (Preparing for Extreme and Rare Events in Coastal Regions). IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is a partner in many other projects, such as FP7 ICeWater, LENVIS, WeSenseIt, Waternomics and DemEAUMed.



Role in the project

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education will lead the work package on turning observations into spatio-temporal flooding patterns. The institute will coordinate the development of hydrodynamic and hydrological models for the two pilot areas of SCENT. With extensive experience in flood modelling for creating flood risk maps and analysing flooding patterns, they will also play a key role in identifying contributions of crowd-sourced data to aspects of flood risks, such as flood hazards, exposure and vulnerability. They will then provide recommendations for the use of these in flood modelling and risk management.

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IBM Research Haifa

IBM Research Haifa

Technical Coordinator – SCENT Intelligence Engine

Israel

IBM R&D Labs in Israel
Haifa University Campus, Mount Carmel
Haifa, 3498825
Israel

Web: research.ibm.com/haifa/


IBM Research

The IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa, Israel opened in 1972 and has conducted decades of research that have been vital to IBM’s success. The lab’s activities involve advanced research and development under the guidance of the IBM Corporation’s Research Division. The IBM Haifa Research lab is the second largest of IBM’s twelve global research labs. IBM strives to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry’s most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics.

IBM participates in, and contributes heavily to the work of standards consortia, alliances, and formal national and international standards organisations. Throughout several decades, the group has worked on various computer vision problems, such as automated medical imaging diagnosis, handwriting recognition, and product placement inspection for supermarkets. Today the group specialises in developing state of the art technologies in the areas of 2D/3D computer vision, augmented reality and immersive telepresence.  The group has previous EU project experience in digitising cultural assets (IMPACT), research in immersive robotic telepresence (BEAMING) and usage of augmented reality for smart home energy awareness (IDEAS).



Role in the project

IBM’s role in the project is to lead the computer vision and analysis related aspects of the work package on the SCENT intelligence engine. With many years of experience with technical project management and coordination, IBM will be the technical coordinator of the project. IBM’s team of experts will focus on developing existing technologies for natural outdoor scene recognition as well as new state of the art technologies for object recognition within scenes.

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Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

Project Coordinator

Greece

I-SENSE Group
ICCS
Iroon Politechniou str. Polytechnic Campus,
15773 Zografou,
Athens,
Greece.

Tel: +30 210 772 2398
Fax: +30 210 772 3557 (or -2291)
Email: a.amditis@iccs.gr
Web: i-sense.iccs.gr


Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems

ICCS is a non-profit academic research body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. It was created to carry out research and development activities in the area of telecommunications systems and techniques, computer systems and their applications in a variety of areas.

The personnel of ICCS consists of 47 Collaborating Faculty Members, 12 permanent or long term Researchers, 10 permanent or long term Administrative Personnel and more than 700 researchers (including all levels of researchers) across 25 statutory research Laboratories. ICCS has a strong presence in European research and has been the coordinator of many projects co-funded by all Framework programmes of the European Union. ICCS is certified to conform to the ISO 9001 quality management system standard.

The I-SENSE Group that is responsible for the SCENT project activities was founded in 2002 and is one of the Research Groups within ICCS. It has extensive expertise working on EU-funded research projects and has a significant presence in international conferences and scientific journals. The Group is very active in areas dealing with ICT for environmental applications, embedded systems and sensor networks, modern telemetry, alerting systems, emergency communications and gateway design and implementation. It is also active in other fields, such as Intelligent Transport Systems, Virtual & Augmented Reality as well as Logistics and Supply Chain management. The I-SENSE Group has participated in more than 70 projects to-date, serving as either the Project Coordinator or Technical Manager.



Role in the project

The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is the SCENT project coordinator. Moreover, it leads the SCENT Innovative Sensors work package and the SCENT toolbox system architecture. Finally, it is responsible for the SCENT authoring tool, destined for policy makers and will also develop the SCENT harmonisation platform, translating relevant SCENT data to common environmental standards, such as the OGC, and feeding them to relevant repositories, such as GEOSS.

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