The University of Siegen has four faculties with more than 17,500 students and 1,400 employees offering a diverse range of subjects. The institute of Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) is the member of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (ETI).
The institute of Knowledge Based Systems & Knowledge Management (KBS & KM) at the university of Siegen encompasses theories, techniques and methods from a variety of fields such as information retrieval, knowledge discovery, competence and innovation management, recommendation systems, organizational learning, cognitive science and sustainability. In particular KBS&KM is in cooperation with industrial partners such as semiconductor manufacturing and steel production to develop and adapt Knowledge Management (KM) solutions for industrial requirements. Also KBS&KM has been involved in fostering medical engineering and on-the-job training of medical staff in cooperation with clinics of neurosurgery. The developed solutions are mainly dealing with knowledge discovery in databases, text-mining, process-mining, web-mining as well as Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Big Data analytics.
Palle Damkjaer Consult ApS (PDC) is a private Danish consultancy company and VET provider which was established in 1989 by Mr. Palle Damkjaer, M.Sc.Eng, B.Sc.Acc, B.Sc.Org. During the years the company has provided consultancy services within IT, Systems development, Competence and HR. Furthermore PDC has been project holder on national as well as international level.
Since 1996 it has dealt with the development of Internet based systems to support e-learning. Today it holds an outstanding experience in development of e-learning content, Learning Management Systems and pedagogical approaches to learning. It has gained experience from both the private and the public sector and has a wide insight in Project management, e-learning, Competence development and Pedagogy.
PDC is part of the EDU-Group and is closely networking with EduSupport (VET provider and consultancy company in Competence development and retraining with an own concept, partly owned by PDC).
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, with more than 80,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, more than 2,000 research faculty members and more than 1,500 employees providing administrative and technical services. AUTH has a long history of education and research in all scientific fields. 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 evaluated as “an excellent department, one of the best in the country” by Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The research groups participating in the project are the "Statistics & Information Systems" (STAINS) and the “Software Engineering” (SWENG) group. The researchers of these groups have extensive experience in areas related to software like requirements, design, development, management, metrics, analysis and testing.
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation is the largest private research center in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe. TECNALIA promotes and develops domestic and international partnerships and projects in markets and technology with other centers and firms with proven leadership abilities, and takes part in excellence networks in its strategic areas. It has a staff of 1,430 people with different backgrounds, 70% of them with high-qualified degrees and 17% with doctoral degrees. TECNALIA has a very important participation in European Programmes. In the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013) TECNALIA is involved in 209 projects, being the coordinator of 46 of them.
The special characteristics and experience of Tecnalia and especially from its Human Resources Department with IT matters and profiles, makes this department as the perfect candidate to collect real IT profiles data and serve as a good testbed to test and validate, within the real world, the software to be developed.