Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), www.tno.nl, is an RTD organization with approximately 4200 staff members and a turnover of around €600 million a year. It is a key player in a growing international network of scientific top institutes, companies with an ambitious development profile, universities and other partners in knowledge development. Actually, developing, integrating and applying knowledge is the combination that differentiates TNO from other knowledge institutions. For that, TNO joins the very best expertise in a whole range of fields. By encouraging the effective interplay of knowledge areas, it generates creative and practicable innovations: new products, services and processes, fully customizable for business and government. It has the means to keep on developing new knowledge and expertise, while using it to assist entrepreneurs in the different stages of (product and production) development, from idea generation to implementation and testing. Thus, TNO possess both the technological and process oriented erudition.
Ericsson AB, www.ericsson.com, is part of the Ericsson group, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The Ericsson group is the leader in 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile technologies. It provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The Ericsson group's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband, and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises, and the media industry.
Scania, www.scania.com, is a Swedish automotive industry, manufacturer of commercial vehicles, specifically, heavy trucks and buses. Scania's sales and service organization and finance companies are worldwide. In 2012, the company employed approximately 38,600 people around the world.
Siemens AG, www.siemens.com, (headquartered in Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. Operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas, Siemens holds leading market positions in all its business areas. The company has roughly 362,000 employees – of which 118,000 or 33% are based in Germany – working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For almost 170 years, Siemens stands for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. In fiscal year 2013, Siemens had revenue with business in more than 200 countries of €75.9 billion. For more information, see www.siemens.com.
The Institute of Embedded Systems/Real time systems, www.uni-ulm.de, is member of the faculty of engineering and computer science at Ulm University. It hosts two research groups on embedded system design and real-time analysis. The focus is on all aspects of system and task-level analysis and design in distributed embedded real-time systems. Prof. Slomka publish mainly in Embedded System Week, DATE, ECRTS, RTSA and other international premium conferences on design automation and real-time systems.
IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, www.imtlucca.it, is a research university within the Italian public higher education system. As an institute for advanced studies, IMT hosts researchers who carry out methodological research, held to high scientific standards, leading to the development of new knowledge. IMT's specially designed campus fosters the continual presence of visiting scholars that contribute to creating a stimulating and intellectually lively environment. At the same time, IMT is also an institute of technology where numerous research projects are undertaken to apply cutting-edge scientific results to solve problems of economic, industrial, and societal interest. The pillars of the institute's research model are its thematic research units, highly specialized in a specific field, that often cooperate in interdisciplinary projects. IMT's institutional role is also that of a graduate school where knowledge is transmitted to young PhD students. The multidisciplinary PhD program of IMT, organized into thematic curricula, promotes the full integration of research and education. An appropriate balance of methodological rigor and applicative relevance is emphasized to best prepare IMT's PhDs in finding key appointments in research centers, companies, and public institutions.
The Institute of Computer technology is part of the faculty of Electrical and Information Technology, etit.tuwien.ac.at. It includes several research groups with focus on human-machine interface, smart energy, mixed signal design, smart buildings, and, recently formed, systems on chip (SoC). Prof. Jantsch, who heads the SoC group, publishes mainly in DATE, DAC, Embedded System Week, NOCS, and other international premium conferences on design automation and SoC integration.