When the project started on 1st January 2009, the consortium was composed by 11 partners, with focus on project management and innovation domains. By June 2010, the consortium has extended by adding five additional partners with a special focus about sustainable manifacturing. Two partners ended their participation in 2011.
SINTEF's goal is to contribute to wealth creation and to the sound and sustainable development of society. The research group SINTEF performs contract research and development for industry and the public sector. It is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia with a total of around 2000 employees. SINTEF performs projects primarily within the technology area, but also in natural sciences, medicine, and the social sciences. SINTEF has approximately 1800 employees, 1300 of which are located in Trondheim and 450 in Oslo. We have offices in Bergen, Stavanger and Ålesund, in addition to offices in Houston, Texas (USA), Skopje (Republic of Macedonia), Warsaw and Cracow (Poland), and a laboratory in Hirtshals (Denmark). SINTEF's head office is in Trondheim. SINTEF Technology and Society will be the active unit of SINTEF in this project, represented by the department Productivity and Project Management. The department has been working with research and development within technical management systems for more than three decades. During the last five years, particular emphasis has been on the field of manufacturing management, change management, and knowledge management/e-Learning.
Key Competencies: project management, general ICT, e-Learning, serious gaming, evaluation of knowledge, pedagogical approaches.
Role in the Project: conceptual framework, initial learning and competence set, test scenarios, project management.
Contact Name: Bjørn Andersen
Contact E-mail: Bjorn [dot] Andersen [at] sintef [dot] no
ALFAMICRO was founded in 1983, with the objective to do research, consultancy and engineering services to support advanced IT solutions. Telecommunications, multimedia applications and Web Services complement the solutions developed and implemented in the field. The company also develops applied research with the aim to further develop the technologies utilized in the implementation of new working paradigms such as electronic commerce, digital collaborative business, dynamic virtual work environments, innovation networks, Living Labs, e-Learning and semantic GRID with the objective of supporting companies to achieve sustained global competitiveness. ALFAMICRO became in the late 80’s a leading service provider in Portugal for the ITC sector. These activities comprise market surveys, strategy creation, foresight studies, policy recommendations, Programme definition and Action Plans as illustrated by the Integrated Programme for Information Technologies and the Integrated Programme for the knowledge society and sustainable innovation of Madeira Island. ALFAMICRO started its activity in Games development and selling them in the early 80’s having created a large number of educational programmes. The company has been the foundational member in the Portuguese Center for Graphics Computation (Eurographics linked), Portuguese Multimedia Association and the European International Game Developer Association. ALFAMICRO had a central role in the creation and development of the Portuguese automotive cluster, a European success story which turnover went in about 14 years from 500 MEUROs to approximately 5.5 Billion Euros (2007) and growing from 10 companies to 170.
Key Competencies: exploitation, business analysis, dissemination, Living Labs, open innovation, roadmaps, training, ICT consultancy.
Role in the Project: demonstration and evaluation, dissemination and exploitation (participation of the partner ended in 2011).
Contact Name: Alvaro Oliveira
Contact E-mail: alvaro [dot] oliveira [at] alfamicro [dot] pt
Cyntelix Corporation is a seasoned software company focused on the development of technology and methods at the junctions of the areas for Web 2.0, knowledge discovery, ontology’s/metadata, Semantic Web, and peer to peer, in order to address government and business needs related to the acquisition, retention, exploitation and management of large amounts of both structured and unstructured data. The company operates both in North America and Europe with over 25 skilled people and its core team has more than 10 years experience in Semantic Web technology and Web 2.0 development and software implementation.
Key Competencies: semantic intelligence, widget technology, serious games, agile project management, exploitation, e-learning, semantic web, software development, knowledge management.
Role in the Project: vision, conceptual framework, architectural design, project management, TARGET integrative framework, social tools/services, knowledge management.
Contact Name: Stefano Bocconi
Contact E-mail: sbocconi[at] cyntelix [dot] com
eXact learning solutions (EXACT)
eXact learning solutions (formerly Giunti Labs) is leader in e-Learning content production for third parties and in implementation of technological solutions and services for training (Technology Based Learning, TBL). eXact learning solutions covers four main dimensions: multimedia content production, design and development of software architectures, R&D and standard, with the unique objective of conceiving a high quality level of training by means of interoperable contents deliverable through devices available anytime & anywhere. Headquartered in Sestri Levante, with operating subsidiaries in Milan, Rome, Florence and offices in US and Australia. eXact learning solutions is the only European company deeply involved in all the official international standards implementation entities (IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, (SCORM specifications). e ADL-SCORM) and co-chair of eLIG (European Learning Industry Group). The company has been officially involved in the definition of the new generation technological Specifications for e-learning from IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative of the US Department of DefenceeXact learning solutions is also accredited with ISO 9001:2000, EN ISO 9001:2000, UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Standards (LRC. 131226 Certification.
Key Competencies: content management systems, HR tools, e-learning, software development, exploitation, knowledge management.
Role in the Project: TARGET integrative framework, knowledge management, competence development, TARGET responsive environment and training
Contact Name: Elisabetta Parodi
Contact E-mail: e [dot] parodi [at] exactls[dot] com
Aalto University, Aalto School of Economics (Aalto)
Founded in 1999, the Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) is an international research center at the Aalto University School of Economics. CKIR consists of two research teams, both of which participate in Target:
The Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML) team specializes in experimental media psychology and research on the interaction of humans with, and human-centered design of, media services and technology (e.g., mobile devices), (entertainment and serious) digital games, social communication through technology (e.g., in knowledge work), and the user experience of technology. The team has high expertise in using psychophysiological and eye-movement recordings to index emotional and attentional processes when humans are interacting with media and technology. The KML has a state-of-the-art psychophysiology laboratory, including data acquisition systems for recording electroencephalography (EEG), facial electromyography (EMG), electrocardiography (ECG), and electrodermal activity (EDA), among other signals. CKIR has also advanced mobile psychophysiological measurement devices.
The Systemic Innovation (SI) team focuses on promoting sustainable, open and human-centric knowledge and innovation-driven development; this is done from a firm, economic, technology and wider societal point of view. The visiting professors of this research domain include Prof. Ikujiro Nonaka from Hitotsubashi University, Japan, Prof. Yves Doz, INSEAD, France, and Prof. James G. March from Stanford, USA, who has also been one of the center's founding fathers. The research agenda builds on the premises that in demand-driven innovations, people as citizens/ users/customers, cities as places of life, public services and other 'players' are viewed as sources and contexts for innovation.
Key Competencies: KML team: psychology of learning, psycho-physiological evaluation, evaluation of knowledge, e-learning; SI team: business models, roadmaps, systemic innovations, open innovation, organization development
Role in the Project: KML team: evaluation, demonstration, SI team: business models, exploitation, mentoring, competence development.
Contact Name: Tuija Heikura
Contact E-mail: tuija [dot] heikura [at] aalto [dot] fi
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID)
INESC-ID, which in Portuguese stands for Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering: Research and Development is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to research in the field of information technology, electronics and telecommunications. INESC-ID initiated activity in the year 2000 as a result of a reorganization of INESC. The former research groups of INESC have been congregated to form INESC-ID, who is owned in large part by IST (a science and technology school of the Technical University of Lisbon) and INESC. Actually, the activity of INESC-ID is divided in 5 scientific and technological areas: Information Systems, Signal Processing, Electronic Systems, Telecommunications and Solid State Technology. Each of these areas is further divided in several research groups led by senior researchers. Researchers at INESC-ID are in their vast majority university staff and graduate students. INESC-ID has about 80 researchers. Of these, 50 are senior researchers holding a PhD degree or equivalent, and the remaining are preparing their Master's or PhD dissertations. Since IST is the main owner of INESC-ID, the majority of researchers also have teaching positions at IST. On the whole, INESC-ID has about 50 graduate students, who receive grants from the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT), or are supported by research contracts. INESC-ID has a rich background in the areas of Real-Time Rendering, 3D Game Programming, Intelligent User Interfaces, Augmented Reality and Networked Virtual Environments. Indeed, INESC-ID has been involved in several research projects both at the National and European Level. Namely, in national projects INESC-ID has developed a massive role-playing game, the “Lost Ages”, and “Peace and War Games: A Large Scale Simulation Over the Internet”.
Key Competencies: pedagogical agents, intelligent interfaces, serious games, software development, educational design, interactive storytelling.
Role in the Project: pedagogical agents, TARGET responsive environment, Virtual Business Environment (serious game), infrastructure, architectural design
Contact Name: João Madeiras Pereira
Contact E-mail: jap [at] inesc [dot] pt
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. In 2004, Nokia's net sales totalled EUR 29.3 billion. The company includes four business groups: Mobile Phones; Multimedia; Networks; and Enterprise Solutions. Nokia also includes three horizontal groups that support the business groups; Customer and Market Operations; Technology Platforms; and Research, Venturing and Business Infrastructure. Nokia Research Center is part of the lastly mentioned horizontal group. Mobile Phones develops mobile phones for all major standards and customer segments in over 130 countries. It is responsible for Nokia's current core mobile phones business, based mainly on GSM, CDMA and TDMA technologies. Mobile Phones focuses on bringing feature-rich, segmented mobile phones to the global market. Its comprehensive product portfolio consists of several categories catering for the very diverse needs, lifestyles and preferences of our customers. Multimedia brings mobile multimedia to consumers in the form of advanced mobile devices and applications. Its products have features and functionality such as imaging, games, music, media and a range of other attractive content.
Key Competencies: evaluation of knowledge, living labs, open innovation, industrial end-user.
Role in the Project: user requirements, competence analysis, evaluation, demonstration, exploitation.
Contact Name: Veli-Pekka Niitamo
Contact E-mail: veli-pekka [dot] niitamo [at] nokia [dot] com
Norvegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is located in Trondheim, Norway. It is the national centre for technological education and research within technology and natural sciences. NTNU also covers social sciences and the humanities and have a special national mandate for education and research integrating technology, social sciences and humanities. Some key figures are: 7 faculties and 53 departments, 20 000 students, half of these are studying technology or the natural sciences. Ca 3570 degrees awarded each year: 1100 bachelor’s, 2200 master’s and 270 doctoral degrees. There are about 750 international students. 4200 staff, over half in academic or scientific positions. We are engaged in about 2300 R&D projects and participate actively in the European Commission’s 6th and 7th framework programmes. NTNU has a recognized competence in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and has worked extensively with pedagogic approaches suited for this. Especially Program for learning with ICT (LIKT) has been active in this field (which is a part of NTNU’s Strategic Areas) . LIKT is based on an cross-curricular and multidisciplinary approaches to the field. UNIPED is a section of Program for teacher training that offers training and courses to the university staff. The section has also the responsibility to introduce the teacher staff to new technology enhanced teaching and learning methods.
Key Competencies: social networks, learning communities, pedagogical models, knowledge management, academic end-user.
Role in the Project: learning communities, TARGET learning process, pedagogical framework, social networking, knowledge management
Contact Name: Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland
Contact E-mail: Ekaterina [dot] Prasolova-Forland [at] idi [dot] ntnu [dot] no
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. Atos took the former place of Siemens in the consortium. In 2011, there was a legal handover form Siemens/SIS to Atos.
Key Competencies: evaluation of knowledge, industrial end-user.
Role in the Project: user requirements, competence analysis, evaluation, demonstration, exploitation.
Contact Name: Matthias Zimmermann
Contact E-mail: matthias [dot] d [dot] zimmermann [at] atos [dot] net
Graz University of Technology/Knowledge Management Institute
The Knowledge Management Institute at the Graz University of Technology (www.kmi.tugraz.at) undertakes interdisciplinary research on Knowledge Management and Technology Enhanced Learning in a broad spectrum of domains, integrating technological and application-oriented perspectives, including cognitive and social science aspects. Leveraging its expertise, TUG aims to make a substantial contribution to teaching within the "Software Development and Economy" Study Program of Graz University of Technology. The technology-oriented research stream focuses on acquiring, managing and applying semantic metadata and ontologies. From an applied perspective, TUG-KMI investigates the use of social software in the context of Web 2.0 to build structures and transfer knowledge within and across individuals, institutions, and organizations. A special focus in this area is on contextualizing and personalizing learning events in the professional workplace and other learning environments. The focus of research from a cognitive psychological viewpoint is on the investigation of the structures of cognitive processes, the representation and modelling of knowledge and competencies as well as their applications in individualised web-based testing and in adaptive eLearning systems. Contributing to and participating in the empirical evaluation and validation of eLearning based on scientifically sound methodologies also falls within the field of TUG-KMI’s expertise. TUG-KMI closely cooperates with University of Graz (Department of Psychology, Department of Information Science) and the Know-Center, Austria's K+ Competence Center for Knowledge Management, and therefore retains close connections with Austrian corporate partners.
Key Competencies: competence development, pedagogical approaches, cognitive science, media psychology, educational psychology.
Role in the Project: cognitive models, TARGET learning process, pedagogical framework, conceptual framework, competence development, pedagogical agents, evaluation.
Contact Name: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Albert
Contact E-mail: dietrich [dot] albert [at] uni-graz [dot] at
University College London
UCL has more than 3,800 academic and research staff in 72. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 18 academics and graduates, and the current staff includes 35 fellows of the Royal Society, 27 Fellows of the British Academy, 13 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 75 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. UCL has participated in hundreds of collaborative research projects at the European level, and has a large number of innovative partnerships with commerce and industry. The Department of Computer Science attracts about £3M per annum in research from National funding bodies, the European Union, Industry, the US government and charities. At least 70% of our research is collaborative with industry. UCL Computer Science has been engaged in research computer networks and data communications since 1975, and has a world-wide reputation for innovative research in this area. It is also home to one of the world's leading research groups into Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics, which has researched the use of technology for collaboration at a distance, and co-presence over the past 10 years. Both groups collaborate closely with the Human-Centred Systems researchers, who specialise user-centred innovation.
Key Competencies: cognitive science, privacy frameworks, HCI, pedagogical approaches, concept thresholds, networks, virtual reality, avatar technology.
Role in the Project: cognitive models, TARGET learning process, integrative framework, evaluation, learning communities.
Contact Name: Dr. William Seager
Contact E-mail: w [dot] seager [at] cs [dot] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk
Clear Communication Associates Ltd (CCA)
Clear Communication Associates Ltd (CCA) joined the TARGET project in the second half of the second year. CCA was founded in 1984 to provide low-cost and low-effort administration for university researchers to undertake short-duration applied-research projects for clients in the public and private sectors. CCA's initial focus was on problems requiring effective communication (in its human senses, in administration, and in the sense of ICT, information and communication technologies). The problems addressed by its associates have broadened over the years. Likewise, while the projects undertaken initially were smaller than university administrations were able to handle, the size of recent projects has increased significantly to include projects at national or regional level. Since 2000, CCA addresses not only communication-linked problems and technologies (and associated issues to do with e-learning, skill acquisition, HR, talent management and knowledge management), but also technology transfer and exploitation, horizon scanning and roadmapping, market analysis and more complex challenges (including relatively intractable "wicked problems") that require a wider range of research domains, networks, skills and insights, and that may involve novel combinations of approaches, processes and technologies. CCA's associates now include high-level professionals as well as noted researchers. They have experience in such fields as systems and process analysis, skill analysis, ergonomics, applied psychology, change management, document design, ergonomics, information and communications technologies, e-learning and e-knowledge (including simulations and models). Past and current clients include government ministries and multinational corporations. Operational partners include Strategic Initiatives Inc (USA), ELGI (Italy) and 53K (UK). Through collaborative projects with major companies and universities, CCA's network of researchers and professional associates has broadened to include a wider range of academic disciplines (from science and technology to management). Likewise, CCA's relationships with clients have matured; they typically begin with specific tasks (eg, find and fix the cause of unacceptably high error rates) and then deepen into wider-ranging and longer-term activities, including advisory roles that involve the development of expeditionary strategies for clients, or helping clients to identify and implement new business models, especially in the context of the Knowledge Economy.
Key Competencies: change management, e-knowledge, opportunity analysis, dissemination, open innovation, roadmaps
Role in the Project: CCA leads the TARGET work package on dissemination and sustainability, previously led by Alfamicro. Its role includes appraisal of potentially shareable or exploitable outputs, and networking with prospective users and other interested parties (participation of the partner ended in 2011).
Giorgio Da Bormida
E-mail: giorgio [at] clearcommunicationassociates [dot] com
E-mail: paul [at] clearcommunicationassociates [dot] com
Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH (BIBA)
BIBA, located in the northern part of Germany (hence with historic links to Baltic new member states), has some 120 employees including two professors, 70 research scientists, PhD-students and administrative staff. It is an interdisciplinary research institute, which develops technical and organisational solutions and puts them into practice in SMEs as well as multinational companies. The institute is directly linked to the University of Bremen, Faculty of Production Technology, and educates students in mechanical engineering and economics. BIBA cooperates with scientists and people involved in practical applications at regional, national, European, and international level. The institute has a long experience with more than 190 research projects, which have been carried out with various partners.
The department BIBA-IKAP (Information and Communication technologies in co-operative Production), which is involved in this proposal, is a multidisciplinary research entity dealing with collaborative business, production systematic and computer science in manufacturing industry. Its approx. 20 scientists come from backgrounds ranging from mechanical engineering, automatic control and computer science to business management. The main research focus is on new Information and Communication technologies in co-operative production.
Key Competencies: Serious Gaming, Sustainable Manufacturing, Software Development.
Role in the Project: BIBA supports the definition and implementation of gaming scenarios in the domain of Sustainable Global Manufacturing. Furtheron, BIBA will provide an extension to the VBE (Virtual Business Environment) realising necessary simulations for the new game scenarios.
Contact Name: Heiko Duin
Contact E-mail: du [at] biba [dot] uni-bremen [dot] de
Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana (IRI UL)
IRI UL was established in 2007 by the University of Ljubljana and by leading Slovenian companies as the innovation and development institute and service for knowledge and technology transfer of Slovenia's largest University. It is a non-profit research and development institution whose aim is to establish a long run and reciprocal partnership between the University of Ljubljana, Slovene industry and public institutions in order to foster research and development activities. The mission of the IRI UL is to identify the research and development needs of the Slovene economy and competencies of researchers at the University of Ljubljana. The task of IRI UL is also to develop and manage research and development projects; to protect the intellectual property of the University of Ljubljana; to establish the entrepreneurial partnership between the industry and the University and to transfer the research and development outcomes into commercial applications for public use and benefits.
Key Competencies: Competence identification and development, human resource management, networking and development of communities, project management, open innovation
Role in the Project:Competence development, Learning communities, Academic end-users
Contact Name: Slavko Dolinšek
Contact E-mail: slavko [dot] dolinsek [at] iri [dot] uni-lj [dot]si
Lean Enterprise Institute Polska (LEIP)
Lean Enterprise Institute Polska (www.lean.org.pl) is a private legal entity registered in Poland. LEIP is a spinoff company from Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT). LEIP was created in 2006; however its roots date back to 1999 when the Lean Manufacturing Program of WUT was started. LEIP is a legal successor to this program. Its activities include: Professional Training (approx. 2000-2500 managers and engineers trained per year);Publishing Management Workbooks; Organization of Conferences; Implementation-oriented Research Projects; and Lean Implementations Projects in Industry. LEIP is one of 14 partners within the Lean Global Network, responsible for Poland and Central Europe (http://www.leanglobal.org). LEIP is regarded by
Polish industry as the principal focal point on lean management knowledge. It also has extensive experience in other central European countries. Industrial partners include e.g. Whirlpool, Volvo, Electrolux, Gillette, 3M, MAN, Cadbury, Philips, Carlsberg. LEIP conducts also research activities on disseminating lean knowledge among SMEs. It includes participation within large scale integrated FP7 project FutureSME.
Role in the Project:Vision and Conceptual Framework, Models and Processes, Competence Development, Learning Communities, Evaluation and Validation, Dissemination and Exploitation
Contact Name: Tomasz Sobczyk, PhD
Contact E-mail: tomasz [dot] sobczyk [at] lean [dot] org [dot] pl
Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
Politecnico di Milano is the most important technical university in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe, based in a city with historic connections to SE European new member states. Since 1850 Politecnico di Milano has been active in several scientific and technical fields. The Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering (DIG) will be involved in this project with its specific competences in the fields of Manufacturing Strategy, Digital Business, Product and Service Development, Manufacturing Systems Design, Production Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, in which the Department can be considered the leader among the Italian Universities and Research Centres. DIG staff is composed by 48 professors and 99 researchers (also considering PhD students). The Department has been involved in several European and international research projects such as PLANTFABER, MAIN-E, IMS-GEM, CE-NET, PROMISE, PRIME, InCoCo-S and Socrades. Furthermore it has been the coordinator of the IMS NoE and IMS2020.
Key Competencies: Global Manufacturing, Sustainability in Manufacturing, Serious Gaming
Role in the Project: User Requirements, Competence Analysis, Evaluation, Exploitation
Contact Name: Prof. Marco Taisch
Contact E-mail: marco [dot] taisch [at] polimi [dot] it
Virtech Ltd. (http://www.virtech-bg.com/) is an experienced innovative R&D company, specialised in advanced information and communication technologies applications. The company aims to transform the acquired knowledge and experience from international research and development into a wide range of services, consultancy and training. Virtech cooperates closely with Sofia University's Department of Information Technologies and the Centre for Information Society Technologies. Its professional teams successfully bring together the expertise of permanent staff and contract-based employees, combining high-skilled researchers, computer programmers, web designers, eWork and eLearning specialists.
Virtech was established in 1996. In 2000 it reengineered its activities and was distinguished as an IST eWork Success Story. The company provides a wide spectrum of virtual technology services on local and international market: Information Systems Development, Business on the Internet Support, WWW Based Training. During the last 10 years it was involved as contractor in 20 European projects, 8 of them under the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework ICT Programmes. Bridging company efficiency and university research, Virtech became the core of Bulgarian Living Lab: Virtual Services and Open Innovation - VirtSOI, member of ENoLL: http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/.
Key Competencies: Flexible Working Training and Support, Information Systems Development, Multimedia Software, WWW Based Training, Web Design and Maintenance, Business on the Internet Support, Serious games, Software and services for Living Labs
Role in the Project: Framework for competence development, knowledge worker cognitive models in manufacturing, learning communities building, evaluation and validation, Living Labs, organisational integration, competence development, competence analysis
Contact Name: Roumen Nikolov
Contact E-mail: nroumen [at] abv [dot] bg ; roumen [at] fmi [dot]uni-sofia [dot]bg