Who are the ENCORE partners?

ATB Institute for Applied Systems Technology Bremen GmbH is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1991 by the State of Bremen, Bremen University and a group of industrial companies (Daimler AG, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, BLG AG, OAS AG and OHB System AG). ATB has a research team of ca. 20 full time researchers supported by about 10 researchers working on temporary or part-time basis. The main strategic business areas of ATB are Systems Analysis & Design, Knowledge Management (KM) and Software Systems Technology.

ATB has deep knowledge in the RTD as well as administrative management of EU funded RTD projects, such as e.g. Self-Learning, U-Qasar. ATB was administrative project manager of the FI-PPP use case projects SmartAgriFood and FIspace and was/is strongly supporting financial and operational management of ELVIRE, eDASH and AutoMat project. Moreover, most recently in H2020, ATB is coordinating Cross-CPP (H2020 project for creating cross sectoral data markets gathering IoT data from different platforms).

As applied research institute and in its role as knowledge transfer organisation, ATB is active in national and international research projects. At the same time, ATB is developing software-based solutions for commercial customers, based on latest and specifically Internet technologies. Furthermore, with a focus on SME support and to bridge the gap between commercial pressure on SMEs and the required innovativeness, ATB is supporting the realisation of research projects with a large industrial/ SME participation.

TALOS is an SME offering high-quality services in the field of project management both at the European and national levels. It is being considered among the biggest consultancy firms in Cyprus. TALOS has years of demonstrated experience in project management being involved since its foundation in more than 60 European research projects and has taken the responsibility for managing administrative and financial tasks, reporting, maintenance of agreements between the consortium members and handling overall legal, ethical, financial and administrative issues.

Moreover, TALOS is an expert in exploiting and disseminating project results and has prepared numerous successful Exploitation Agreements with special emphasis on proper IPR management among the partners. One of tis strong assets is to organize and convey well-structured dissemination activities which help the partners to fully benefit from the project results. The quality guarantee of all projects that are undertaken is fundamental concern of the company and to this aim, TALOS has applied a set of measures and processes in order to ensure that project implementation always represents the highest possible quality. TALOS has developed a strong network with SMEs and R&D performers as well as with stakeholders involved in the exploitation of research results on a European scale.

The Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) formerly University of Ancona, is one of the most important technical universities in Italy. Since 1970 UNIVPM has been active in several scientific and technical fields. Master of Science course active since 1970. As regards the research activities in the 5 faculties (Engineering, Science, Economic Sciences, Medicine and Agricultural Sciences) there are 12 departments related to the main scientific and technological disciplines. UNIVPM is linked with several academic institutions all over the word, for collaborative research activities, and staff and students exchange.

The University of La Laguna (ULL) is the oldest university in the Canary Islands, with more than 200 years of history. Nowadays is an institution open to the world, with more than 23,000 students. Recently recognized as a regional campus of international European excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education, it has at the same time forged close links with America (https://www.ull.es/portal/agenda/evento/campus-america/) and Africa. ULL has extensive experience in coordinating and participating in international research projects. For more than 15 years, it has played a major role in the implementation of research and development projects for the promotion and encouragement of European research with examples such as the IMBRAIN project (draft 4). million € in FP VII). The areas of excellence are, among others biotechnology, medical technologies, astrophysics, archaeology, ICT and renewable energies.

The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing is the largest technical faculty and leading educational and R&D institution in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technology and computing in the Republic of Croatia. In the last 20 years the LARICS – Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems research group has been involved in research on integrated robotics and process control. LARICS researchers (4 professors, 2 post-docs and 11 PhD students) have mainly participated in research devoted to the unmanned aerial systems, intelligent control systems, service robotics, control of multi-agent systems, robot formations, planning, scheduling and decision making in autonomous systems and application of new technologies in industrial control systems.

LARICS is equipped with state of the art electronics design software, aerial robotics systems, humanoid and bio-inspired robots, ground mobile platforms, sets of various sensors, actuators and signal processing boards. Particular emphasis has been given to collaboration with industry, which resulted in many successful implementations of novel control algorithms and human-machine-interfaces in industrial plants. LARICS researchers were involved in 4 EU FP7 projects (ACROSS, EC-SAFEMOBIL, EuRoC and ASSISI_bf), currently participate in 6 H2020 projects (subCULTron, HORSE-Endorse, ACROSS-CoE, Crobohub, ENOCRE and RoboCom++) and coordinate H2020 AeroTwin project and NATO SpS project MORUS.

They participate in several national projects financed by the government and industrial partners, and 3 collaborative projects with scientists from USA and PR China.

BIM Equity is full BIM consultancy company focusing on providing the best BIM services to the Danish and International market. BIM Equity operates in three segments of the AEC industry; BIM Services, BIM Software and BIM Consultancy.

Our goal is to become the most competent contender in the BIM and ICT industry by applying best practice knowledge in three fields; Consultancy, Services and Technology. We strive to always recommend our clients the best solution, regardless of it NOT being our own. Thus, giving our clients the best advice possible. We supply all the above with a strong passion for OpenBIM and the workflow it empowers.

LAURENTIA TECHNOLOGIES is a technology-based start-up founded in 2014 that provides services in two separate areas: nanotechnology and BIM technology.

The foundation team of LAURENTIA accumulates a long professional experience of more than 10 years working in a construction research centre.

©BIMENTIA is the brand name of the LAURENTIA BIM department. ©BIMENTIA provide services of BIM consultancy, BIM training and BIM SW development. BIMENTIA staff includes several experts with knowledge and experience related to Building Information Modelling applied to building and civil works. They have the technical skills to face the current challenges of the construction sector.

The company SPA Lda was established in 1995 with the mission of contributing to the social economic development mainly in the area of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Portugal, through innovative technology solutions for industrial applications. In response to the advances in the sensor technologies and the demand for home and industry automation, SPA Lda was instrumental in developing an innovative IoT platform in 2006 to support a range of automation applications. This platform was consequently  adopted by EDP, one of the largest energy providers of Portugal,  to establish Smart Homes in Portugal (www.edp.pt/particulares/servicos/redy-en/).  Since then SPA Lda has been further enhancing its IoT platform to absorb the advances in hardware, software and standards to develop a  world leading interoperable IoT platform to offer home automation and health & wellbeing applications for citizens.

The new platform marketed through  Smartgateways (smartgateways.co.uk) is now being applied to develop intelligent building management system in collaboration with Property Tectonics (http://www.property-tectonics.co.uk/) and an innovative application for the health & wellbeing sector as a partner of the CityVerve project (cityverve.org.uk) to create Smart City applications.

It is the Computer Vision Laboratory – CVL – that will participate in the project at ETH, one of the leading technical universities in Europe (about 10 Nobel prizes so far). The CVL is one of the “Institutes’’ of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, D-ITET (basically what would typically be called the EE department). The group comprises three professors (Luc Van Gool – full professor, Ender Konukoglu – tenure track assistant professor, and Orçun Göksel – non-tenure track assistant professor, prof. Szekely is retired by now), 13 postdocs and about 30 PhD students. The lab mainly focuses on image analysis, medical and otherwise. Moreover, there is an important activity in the use of ultrasound technology for medicine. Prof. Van Gool will take part with his team. They focus on tracking and gesture analysis, object recognition and image-based retrieval, texture analysis and synthesis, and 3D modeling. The team has been involved in several European projects already (EurEyeCase and Replicate being the most recent examples, with Replicate ongoing for less than 1 year still). It also just finished an ERC Advanced Grant (VarCity) on the 3D modelling of cities and the dynamics therein. Prof. Van Gool and his team have created several spin-off companies already, some of which have been acquired (by e.g. Apple, Esri, Qualcomm).

The General Directorate of Architecture from the Ministry of Health and Social Policies of the Regional Government of Extremadura is the institution responsible for decision-making and policy development in the fields of architecture and housing and knowledgeable about the problems of buildings in Extremadura. It has an extensive experience in architecture and housing development, and it is especially interested in the energy efficiency of social housing and public buildings as well as the adaptation of housing for people with reduced mobility.

Also, it manages a social housing stock of about 14,000 buildings and refurbish around 200 social housing per year.

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy. The mission of CNR is developing, diffusing, and promoting research activities in the main fields of the knowledge, and studying their application for scientific, technological and economic progress of Italy.

The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI) is an institute of CNR. The Institute is committed to producing scientific excellence and to playing an active role in technology transfer. The domain of competence covers Information Science, related technologies and a wide range of applications. The activity of ISTI aims at increasing knowledge, developing and testing new ideas and widening the application areas. ISTI is structured with eleven research labs.

The Visual Computing Lab (VCLab) has been active in visualisation and computer graphics since 1984; it is now composed of 20 members. Current research focuses on3D digitization/scanning, geometry processing, digital fabrication, visualization systems, multi-resolution representation and rendering of huge datasets, 3D Web Applications. VCLab has a long track record in the use of 3D graphics for Cultural Heritage applications, with important collaborations with CH institutions at national and international level (museums, restoration labs, governing bodies). VCLab participated in a number of EU and national projects and has a very solid experience in developing and maintaining open source systems (like the widely used MeshLab and the recent 3DHOP family of web-based visualizers.


The mission of SmartGateways is to establish an  inter-operable IoT platform that can be used to collect relevant information through any type of sensors and making it available to users through a secure data cloud to create applications that can enhance health & wellbeing of people.  SmartGateways is committed to providing customisable hardware and software solutions to meet users’ specific requirements, in a future proof package  that allow quick system updates, live monitoring and debug, together with the deployment of new services and add-on functionalities though a cloud based management interface. SmartGateways IoT platform can be used to support applications such as energy management, home automation and remote care.  

As a part of the CityVerve project, which was funded by Innovate UK to create a series of national IoT demonstrators,  Smartgateways IoT platform was successfully  used  to create a self-care mobile application for the patients suffering from  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  

Smartgateways was established in 2014 and operating from Manchester Science Park, Manchester.