Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

AUTH is the largest University in Greece with long history of education and research in all scientific fields. The Institute through its Research Committee supports not only the effective management of research projects but also the dissemination of the results to industry. The Department of Informatics is the newest department in the Faculty of Sciences. The continuous efforts of the personnel have made it reputable at national and international level. The department has been externally evaluated as “an excellent department, one of the best in the country”. Three research groups from the department participate:

STAINS (Statistics and Information Systems) The researchers of the group have strong background of research publications and participation to projects in areas related to advanced statistical methods with applications to Informations Systems and Software Engineering. The group has expertise in data analysis methods for the study of the human factor in Information Systems and has extensive collaboration with national and international institutes, organizations and enterprises.

OSWINDS (Online Sources analytics on Web and INternet Distributed platformS) The group focuses on topics in the areas of big and evolving data analytics, social networks and IoT data mining, smart cities applications and enablers, as well as on open distributed platforms in the cloud and at the edge. OSWINDS has participated in more than 30 national and EU research programmes coordinating 15 of them.

SWENG (Software Engineering Group) The group is a research team of the Department of Informatics at AUTH that deals with several software engineering areas, namely Open Source Software, Software Reuse, Software Quality and Software Architecture. Members are professors, PhD students and post-doc researchers. The group has long experience in funded projects and strong publication record in international refereed journals and conference proceedings.

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Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS)

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) was established in 1991. Its goal is to bring about an atmosphere for creative education and dynamic research in which high level teaching of the basic sciences would go hand-in-hand with fundamental and applied research. IASBS is a degree granting institution with Master's and Doctoral programs only. In September 2000, however, it started a new program for a nationally selected group of talented high school graduates who are trained over a period of 7-8 years and granted a PhD degree if they meet the required criteria. The IASBS is also engaged in scientific, technical, and cultural cooperation with other educational institutions and the relatively young local industry, and makes a deliberate effort to have scientific and cultural impact on the region.

IASBS comprises 6 faculties, 1 research institute and 1 Science and Technology Park. More than 1004 students are trained in 185 Bachelor, 556 Master and 263 PhD programs which have involved 102 academic staff members including 9 professors, 14 associate professors and 79 assistant professors. IASBS is the only Iranian educational center applying the quarter system through which both Master and PhD students are continuously supervised by full-time academic staff. The IASBS has had numerous fruitful collaborations with worldwide organizations the most important being The Abdus Salam ICTP (Italy), UNESCO, ESPCI (France), SISSA (Italy), Université Luis Pasteur (France), Joseph Fourier Institute – Grenoble I, Potsdam University, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, as well as Amsterdam, Cambridge, Bordeaux I, Aix-Marseille, Salzburg (Austria), ETH (Switzerland), Camerino (Italy), Utrecht (Holland), Colorado, RWTH – Aachen, Oregon State and Colorado at Boulder universities.

Computer sciences are represented in the IASBS by 2 faculties (Computer Science and Information Technology as well as Mathematics) and one Science and Technology Park with relevant expertise in both science and industry sectors corresponding well with the main theme of the proposed project.



Vienna University of Technology (TUW)

The Vienna University of Technology with 27,000 students and about 4,500 staff members is the Austria’s largest scientific institutions for natural sciences and technology. The e-commerce group performs research in the business-2-business (B2B) and business-2-consumer (B2C) domains. In the B2B domain, the group focuses on (i) business (process) modelling and consequently the specification and implementation of e-business systems, (ii) ontology engineering and information integration, (iii) cloud computing and resource allocation. In the B2C domain, the group does research in (i) text/content mining, data analytics and network analysis as well as (ii) personality based recommender systems combined with visual interaction paradigms. In this context a dominant application domain is the area of e-tourism. The research team around Prof. Brandic has experience in, management and monitoring of ultra-scale systems like Grids and Clusters, and runtime optimisation techniques by applying principles of autonomic computing. In the recent years, the group specialised on developing techniques for energy efficiency management of ultra-scale systems like speculative scheduling based on real time electricity pricing.


University of Bonn (UB)

UB, founded 200 years ago, is the home of over 31,000 students, has an outstanding reputation for research and teaching and is one of the world's leading universities. The outstanding research performance of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has been recognized by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). A large number of graduate colleges, DFG and BMBF Research Priority Programs, are performed at the faculty. The Institute for Computer Science (ICS) at the faculty, was founded in 1975 as one of the first of its kind in Germany. ICS has more than 20 professors who are involved in teaching and research. About 100 scientists and faculty support 1,900 students. With the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT), founded in 2002, a joint initiative of UB, RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institutes in Sankt Augustin-Birlinghoven, the computer science in UB has been expanded and strengthened. Companies and organizations in the region support the institute through the Bonn Informatik Gesellschaft (BIG).

The Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) research group at ICS was established in 2013 and is led by Prof. Sören Auer. The group is closely affiliated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), where Prof. Auer leads a Department of the same name. The group focuses on research leading to applications of Linked Data in Data Ecosystems handling large volumes of data streaming in from diverse sources. Smart Cities and Enterprise Data Markets are two areas where the group is investing a significant amount of efforts.

The affiliated Fraunhofer Institute (IAIS), within which EIS members are also active, provides comprehensive vocational Data Science Training (a professional data scientist training programme, further information available through to hundreds of managers and professionals annually (part of Fraunhofer Academy). EIS has a cluster of 34 high-performance servers connected to a living lab, which it uses to develop big and linked data prototype systems. In this lab, preconfigured, documented virtual machines with standard enterprise information, semantic web and big data software are made available to MSc and PhD students to kick-start experiments and projects.


Petanux GmbH (PNX)

Petanux GmbH is the German data science and business analytics company located in Bonn. Our core competencies lie in the areas of research and development within smart solutions and software systems, project management and solutions for data science and business analytics areas. Human resources at Petanux have extensive experience in setting up research projects, developing innovative ideas, running successful project management and exploiting research results into the market. One of the big highlights of the Petanux is that all staff members have worked in/collaborated with different reputable and well-known research groups and companies in the frame of funded (European and German) research and industry projects. The main goal at Petanux is to support the industrialization of scientific outcomes and bridge the gaps between academia and industry. To this aim, Petanux applies scientific methods and algorithms in order to benefit industries. In particular, we use machine learning and artificial intelligence for digitalization of business processes, strengthening customer support solutions, facilitating business analytics, providing novel marketing solutions, maximizing retail profits as well as providing novel smart services.


Web2learn (W2L)

Web2Learn is a private company specialising in learning and professional training solutions grounded on openness and social connectivity. Openness relates to the most recent trends in education and professional development calling for more collaboration and sharing opportunities through open content creation and release in an ethical and transparent manner, through new licensing models (Creative Commons licenses and their combination). Movements that advocate Openness include Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Science and Open Research; our company offers learning and training around these topics, with emphasis on the development of professional skills to embrace openness.

Social connectivity pertains to digitally enhanced social networking and the value of user-driven, participatory practices occurring through social media and gaming applications, from a learning and training perspective.

In terms of readiness to be involved in cross-national projects, Web2Learn is a trustworthy partner with experience in dealing with financial and administrative issues (budget implementation and monitoring, compliance with European and national regulations, bookkeeping) along with content-related activities.

Web2Learn’s director, Dr. Katerina Zourou, is often invited to give talks at events of national and European reach (see Events section on the website). We are in the forefront of European projects as initiators and managers of successful European co-funded projects, namely LangOER, ExlOERer, Web2LLP and LS6.</participatory


University of Tabriz (TU)

The University of Tabriz (TU), the second oldest modern-style university of Iran started its activities in 1947 with two faculties of Literature and Medicine. It is now ranked 6th between 10 top universities in Iran. TU consists of 21 faculties, 10 Research Centers, several Centers of Excellence, Technology Units, International Campuses as well as branches. Currently, TU is one of the greatest educational and research centers in Iran.

Up to now, as many as 20 professors from TU are recognized as Exemplary and Distinguished professors and researchers countrywide. Additionally, a great number of its academic staff members are selected as Eternal Figures, top scientists of Islamic Countries, one-percent top scientists of the world holding key positions in different academic societies all around the world for the time being.

TU with its unique scientific abilities and facilities in the northwest of Iran provides its researchers with advanced labs in different fields having 24000 students, 800 academic staff members, more than 300,000 hard copy books, 800,000 soft copy books, many valuable hand written books, several computer centers and internet sites as well as numerous journals and E-Journals.

Moreover, TU has been active in the international realms. It holds academic relationship with different and important universities of the world, such as France, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Cyprus, Thailand and so on. It has also signed 90 MOU with universities worldwide. Additionally, TU has an active presence in the International Association of Universities (IAU), International Universities Council (IUC), and Association of Caucasian Universities (KUNIB). According to Leiden Ranking 2014, the TU holds 531th place in world ranking and 2nd place in Iran. Furthermore, according to Thomson Reuters, it is among the one-percent influential universities of the world.

TU with its creative, dynamic management, also unique scientific, cultural experiences, its experienced faculties and experienced staff is aiming to develop fundamental research and science-based products as well. TU aims to demonstrate its role as one of 10 top universities in the country and as one of the leading universities of the region.

Hosting significant conferences, seminars, scientific, research and cultural roundtables is one of the important features of University of Tabriz. For this reason, TU has established more than 15 amphitheatres top host national and International events, "Vahdat " auditorium with the capacity of more than 800 hundred persons and hall of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Centre with the capacity of more than 800 hundred persons are to name a few.


Shiraz University (SU)

Shiraz University (SU) was founded in 1946. It is one of the biggest universities in Iran and world-wide known as a top educational and research institution. SU has been a leading university in establishing cooperation in different aspects with International institutions such as Milan University, EPFL, and etc. In the latest ranking of Iranian universities based on scientific output, SU is listed among the top three research-oriented schools in the nation. SU has pioneered the establishment of doctoral programmes in Iran. Presently the university has over 20,000 students, with 200 bachelor's degree programmes (B.A., B.Sc.), 300 master's degree programmes (M.A., M.Sc.), one professional degree programme (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or DVM), and 150 PhD programmes. It comprises 17 Faculties and Institutes, 31 Research institutes and Scientific Centres. There are 3000 staff members, including above 800 professors and associate professors. It also has an International branch which provides opportunities for students who would like to receive a world-class education in Iran and abroad as well. According to a report by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (Iran) published in 2010 and 2011, SU ranked 6th respectively between 64 and 68 non-medical universities and institutions in Iran. It was also one of top three non-technical and non-medical universities along with the University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University in a 2012 ranking. The university is known to be strict and usually average (GPA) of students in various departments is generally lower than their peers in other universities of Iran.

Science Park “PARK-e_FANAVARI”, HPC Centre. In particular, the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering has relevant expertise for the proposed project. The Faculty has been involved in a number of international and national projects. The Faculty prepares professionals in 8 Master Programs, including Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Software, Computer Hardware, Information Technology, Computer Systems and Networks, Computer Systems and Security, Electronics, Communications and Control Systems. The Faculty’s staff has relevant experience in international projects.


Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (SBUK)

Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (SBUK) was founded in 1974 in the city of Kerman (the province of Kerman) in an area of 5.000.000 sq. meters. SBUK is now the largest and the highest ranked university in south-east of Iran with over 14000 students and 650 faculty members. It is among the top 10 universities in the country and has gained tremendous growth and development over the recent years. With almost 300 academic departments, research and teaching in SBUK cover a broad range of areas from social sciences to advanced engineering technology. There are 14 faculties, 116 research and teaching laboratories and 6 research centers with 82, 139 and 82 different disciplines in BSc, MSc and PhD, respectively. SBUK not only has a leading role in providing well-trained graduates to the local job market and heavy mining industries in the province but also plays a significant role in the scientific progress of the country and training skilled professionals for all sectors. There have been 66000 graduates from SBUK so far. Teaching and research in the specific areas of computer and ICT disciplines are highly regarded in SBUK and are conducted mainly by two departments, the Department of Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Computer Sciences in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. While the focus of the first department is mainly on the engineering and practical aspects of the computer, the second department mostly considers theoretical aspects and the fundamental properties of a computer and its related fields as a science. The research areas in these two departments include: Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Engineering and Machine Learning, Modelling, Reasoning and Problem Solving, Machine Vision, Perception and Robotics, Expert Systems, Programming Languages, Database Systems, Computer Security. Both departments are now among the fastest growing departments in the university, hiring high-caliber faculties and admitting talented students. There is also a great collaboration between these two departments in many areas. They are also actively engaged with different projects from local industries and companies.


Imam Khomeini International University (IKIU)

Imam Khomeini International University (IKIU) is the a big international university in the country. The IKIU statute has been adopted by the Iranian Parliament in which an international cultural mission is defined for the university beside the usual function as being a higher education and research institute. Hosting more than 8500 international students from 130 countries as well as 33500 Iranian indicates the university's success to accomplish its missions. There are six faculties of Islamic Sciences & Researches, Literature & Humanities, Social Sciences, Basic Sciences, Technology & Engineering and Architecture & Urbanism as well as three research and educational centers titled Persian Language Center, Future Studies Center and Incubation and Entrepreneurship Center in the university at which 8000 Iranian and 2000 non- Iranian students study in language learning, graduate, postgraduate and PhD courses.

The Persian Language Center (PLC) is the largest institute for teaching the subtle and beautiful Persian Language to non-speakers in the world. Faculty of IKIU consists of a collection of 300 devoted professors who excel at both teaching and researching in their respective disciplines. Currently some courses are offered in both English and Persian in IKIU. IKIU has close collaboration with other foreign universities as well as Iranian private sector in the region and surrounding.


IAU of Qazvin

Islamic Azad University (IAU) was established in 1982. Now into its fourth decade, IAU which has 35000 faculty members and an alumni of 5000000 as well as 400 branches has played a pivotal role in educational development in Iran. IAU has also gone beyond the national boundaries to benefit the overseas applicants. The IAU's branches abroad include: England, UAE, Lebanon and Afghanistan. The new branches will be established in other countries including Russia in the near future. IAU has established 617 schools where a population of 53000 students are studying in various fields. It also runs associate-degree programmes in 124 professional and technical schools, with graduates employed in economic markets.IAU has 24 operational hospitals, offering various medical services to the public.

In addition, the permissions for 10 more hospitals with a capacity of 968 beds have been granted. Being at the forefront of the development of non-governmental higher education, IAU has turned into a knowledge-production hub with an output of 51000 ISI and Scopus papers. Today, IAU stands in the first place in terms of the number of papers among the Iranian universities. Per the latest world universities ranking, IAU stands the first place in terms of DEA papers (230 papers). IAU has 1509 patents registered and 36000 book volumes since 80s.

The university has 56 research centers for new sciences and technologies including Mechatronics Research Lab (MRL), Nano-technology, Bio-technology, Physics Plasma, Center for Interdisciplinary sciences and Center for advanced Science and Technology among others. The high quality education at IAU as well as the efforts it has put into fruition of students' research activities have paved the way for Iran's students to successfully represent the country in global science competitions and to achieve many medals. That's why Iran has turned into a big competitor challenging the world top teams. The continuing success of IAU' teams in world Robocop competitions including U.S, Atlanta 2007, China 2008, Austria 2009, Singapore 2010, Turkey 2011, 2012 Mexico, 2013 Netherlands, 2014 Brazil, and 2015 China as well as achievements in other fields have opened a new venue in the country' scientific system, drawing the attention of academic and research centers to the contributions students can make to the country' selfsufficiency in new technologies. The university has opened a new chapter in robotic technology in Iran by organizing IranOpen Competitions, which provides a venue for the national and foreign teams to evaluate their scientific capabilities and findings.

One of the greatest success stories among all branches of IAU belongs to Qazvin Islamic Azad University (QIAU). Since 2006, QIAU has organized 10 Iran Open events in which many Iranian and foreign teams participate. QIAU' researchers have also had great achievements in other fields such as designing the following products: Havin solar car which took part in U.S.A competitions 2014; Parax electric car; Parax hybrid car; Parax electric motorcycle; and Quadro two-seaters car. QIAU achieved the best rank among Iranian teams in Germany 2006 RoboCup Competitions, which earned Iran the permission to hold the first IranOpen Competitions in which 110 teams participated in the same year. In order to qualify as organizer of RoboCup Competitions, the applicants should demonstrate their strengths in AI.