Project Partners

Discover our 21 project partners from 11 European countries

The NOUS Consortium consists of 19 core partners and 2 affiliated entities, coming from 11 European countries: Spain, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia and France.

Coordinator

AIR Institute

Coordinator
The AIR Institute is a non-profit research organization focused on advancing computer science and artificial intelligence. Its team of experts drives innovation in ICT, blockchain, fog/edge computing, NLP, deep learning, and more. Specializing in predictive maintenance, Industry 4.0, Bioinformatics, Smart Cities, and Social Computing, they excel in diverse fields.
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Partners

AETHON
Research, develop and implement technologies that benefit humanity, the environment and the ecosystem
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USAL
Founded in 1218, the University of Salamanca is one of the world's oldest universities, situated in Salamanca, Spain. Esteemed for its historic contributions to education and research, particularly in humanities, social sciences, and law, it embodies a rich academic heritage. The university features an architecturally stunning campus, reflecting its long-standing tradition. It offers rigorous academic programs, fostering a vibrant community of international students and scholars, dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and innovation.
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DEMOKRITOS
The Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) and the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications (IIT) are two among of five research Institutes of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR), the largest multidisciplinary Research Centre of Greece with 180 Researchers and over 500 Research Personnel working in projects funded by grants from State Funds, the European Union and Private Industries.
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ICOOR
The Interuniversity Consortium for Organisation and Operations Research (ICOOR) is a research centre which aims to promote and coordinate research in the field of operations research and related domains. The Department of Engineering Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Polytechnic of Turin are the two affiliated entities that will actively participate in NOUS.
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POLITO
Founded in 1906, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading institution rooted in a history dating back to 1859. Internationally renowned for engineering and architecture studies, it boasts 33,000 students, including 14% from over 100 countries. A hub of excellence in education and research, Politecnico collaborates closely with the socio-economic system. As a comprehensive Research University, it seamlessly integrates education and research, creating synergies to meet economic and community needs.
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NETCOMPANY
INTRASOFT
Netcompany-INTRASOFT stands as a prominent European IT Solutions and Services Group with a robust global presence and specialised proficiency. The group offers inventive and value-added solutions of the utmost excellence to a diverse array of international and domestic public as well as private organisations.
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ITML
ITML is a fast growing User Experience & Software Agency, established in Athens, Greece in 2011. We design and develop captivating digital products for our clients, from a leading enterprise to a promising startup. We help organizations design and deploy the world’s most cherished digital products.
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UNIPI
The University of Pisa is a public institution highly active in the areas of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine sectors. The University of Pisa was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.
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UNPARALLEL
UNPARALLEL is a Portuguese SME that develops digital technologies and provides consulting services on digitisation with a strong foundation on research and innovation. UNPARALLEL develops new products ranging from software/web solutions to hardware devices/sensors, and provides high-value consulting services on technological development, strategic insights, market intelligence, etc.
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KU LEUVEN
The Centre for IT & IP Law is a research center at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with currently a staff of over 85 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property.
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HPE
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service.
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ECLIPSE
The Eclipse Foundation provides our global community of individuals and organizations with a mature, scalable, and business-friendly environment for open source software collaboration and innovation.
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F6S
F6S is a leading global founder and startup network that helps public sector entities around the world to promote, communicate and disseminate technical and research projects. F6S stands for F-ounder-S. Our mission is to help founders and startups grow to solve the world's pressing social, economic, environmental, sustainability and innovation problems. In addition to F6S' work with governmental entities, we also work with corporates, investors, research institutions, programs, universities and others in the global startup ecosystem. F6S tools deliver company growth through grants, partnerships, funding, investment, pilot contracts, partnerships, jobs & talent recruitment and company services.
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PPC GROUP
PPC was founded in 1950 and has been listed on the Athens Stock Exchange since 2001. It is the leading electricity generation and supply company in Greece, with activities in the generation, distribution and sale of electricity to consumers. It is the largest electricity supplier in Greece, serving approximately 6 million customers throughout the country.
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ARCTUR
For more than 30 years Arctur has been pioneering by merging of research, science, art and business. The interdisciplinary spirit is the cradle of innovation in which concepts, solutions and products come to life.
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AEGIS
AEGIS IT RESEARCH GmbH is a research and development company (SME) based in Germany developing and managing innovative IT solutions for numerous business sectors.
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CS GROUP
CS GROUP has a differentiated position in the digital services market. A European mid-size company with a culture of entrepreneurship, it is agile and innovative and possesses a high level of technical and professional expertise. CS GROUP is the trusted partner of leading French and international groups for the digitalization of operational systems.
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INESC TEC
INESC TEC is a private non-profit research association dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and pre-incubation of technology-based companies. Operating at the interface of the academic and business worlds, INESC TEC applies knowledge and research results in technology transfer projects, seeking value creation and immediate social relevance.
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Project Work Packages

The project is divided into 8 Work Packages (WP).

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to ensure the achievement of all project’s objectives on time, quality and costs, ii) to manage and coordinate smoothly and efficiently the project’s partners, ensuring the achievement of the specific objectives from each of the WPs, iii) to communicate a high-quality project reporting to the EC and iv) to define and monitor the protocols and those responsible for the management of the data used in the project.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to determine the current state in data standards, technologies of the project and architectures, ii) to elicit requirements for the NOUS architecture and for each technological component of the project, iii) to create an evaluation framework of the project to be used for assessing its impact and iv) to develop a data life cycle framework that will govern the data flows within NOUS and update it after testing.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to design the optimum of I/O communication architecture between HPC and NOUS, ii) to achieve high-speed, error-free and seamless classical large data exchange between HPC and NOUS, iii) to realize a software environment for encoding of classical large datasets to qubit-ready format for processing in a quantum computer and iv) to develop unconventional and novel cybersecurity architectures.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to design and deliver innovative distributed architectures working with a traditional cloud service, ii) to facilitate a new paradigm in the edge computing exploiting structured parallel programming environments, based on FastFlow, which will enable operators to instantiate parallel applications as compositions of pre-defined, configurable parallel skeletons, iii) to deliver a technological breakthrough in FL approaches driven by first, a suite of algorithms for decentralised ML for user- and device-centric analytics and second, an FL-based hierarchical, algorithmic data and computation distribution layer and iv) to develop advanced interoperability mechanisms for seamless data sharing and exchange at the edge.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to assess the sustainability of a Blockchain-based database in comparison with other existing solutions and provide a Blockchain Sustainability Index that will be usable in the future to qualify sustainability and scalability of blockchain-based databases, ii) to develop data services to enable efficient management and integration of existing and new Data Spaces, iii) to analyse the legal challenges related to blockchain used in the project and iv) to develop the auto-standardiser and data lake for translating data to specific standards in Mobility (≥1 standard), Energy (≥1), Green Deal (≥1).

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to design the architecture of the NOUS platform in such a way that it harmoniously integrates the components of cloud computing, edge and distributed storage, ii) to investigate and design a framework based on Trustworthy AI guidelines for data and model management at the Edge and Cloud layers, iii) to publish the platform architecture and the different components in an open way so that they can be reused by researchers, developers and integrators and iv) to assess legal mechanisms impacting cloud and edge technologies and iv) to develop the collaboration platform (Virtual Lab) for exchanging insights, knowledge and interests on data analytics and science.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to create a quantification framework for data economy assessment that will act as a tool for policy makers and professionals working in Data Spaces, ii) to perform the evaluation of the project given the framework of T2.3, iii) to execute the testing of the technologies of the project through the use-cases, iv) to develop the roadmap for the extension of the NOUS and the guidelines for NOUS adoption.

The specific objectives of this WP are i) to disseminate NOUS technologies to the scientific community, the edge computing communities & groups, and the general stakeholders, raise awareness about the project and boost the exploitation activities, ii) to perform the appropriate communication activities to spread knowledge in various stakeholder communities and maximize the project’s visibility, iii) to manage the preparation, planning, and execution of exploitation of the project’s results and achievements, iv) to draft a sustainability plan for the maintenance of the project’s results following its completion and v) to monitor the market environment relevant to the work performed in the project in order to develop an efficient exploitation plan for the NOUS technologies.