IBM Research – Zurich is one of IBM’s 12 global research labs. IBM has maintained a research laboratory in Switzerland since 1956. As the first European branch of IBM Research, the mission of the IBM Research – Zurich Lab, in addition to pursuing cutting-edge research for tomorrow’s information technology, is to cultivate close relationships with academic and industrial partners, be one of the premier places to work for world-class researchers, to promote women in IT and science, and to help drive Europe’s innovation agenda.
University of Tartu (UT) is the oldest and largest Estonian University (17000 students and 1800 academic
staff) and the highest-ranked University in the Baltic States according both to the Times Higher Education
and the QS World University rankings. UT’s Institute of Computer Science has 80 academic and research
staff and 60 PhD students. It conducts research in the fields of software engineering, distributed systems,
cryptography, theoretical computer science, data science, programming languages and natural language
Technical University Eindhoven is a leading international university specialising in engineering science & technology. TUE con-
tributes through excellent teaching and research to progress in the technical sciences, to the development
of technological innovations and as a result to the growth of welfare and well-being, both within its own
region (technology and innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond it. TUE was founded in 1956 to give a
vital boost to the economy in the South East of the Netherlands. This is still one of the primary objectives.
Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting OÜ is a private company established
in 2014 and dedicated to the development of online voting systems. The company is owned by Smartmatic, world leader in the automation of elections, and Cybernetica AS, the Estonian R&D intensive ICT company that built the online voting system
used in Estonia.
University of Salerno is among the largest and most important universities in the south of Italy with more
than 40.000 students, and rewarded by an increasing progress in recent national and international rankings. The origins of the University go back to the VIII century AD thanks to the foundation of the celebrated Salerno medical school, an authoritative, prestigious, sanitary institution, which remained important
throughout the whole Medieval Age.
GRNET is the National Research and Education Network for Greece, providing network connectivity to all universities and research centres in Greece, and also connecting the Greek academia with the GEANT
pan-European network. GRNET has also provided computational resources, first in the form of Grid
computing and more recently with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing. In particular, GRNET has developed and provides as a production service okeanos ,
an open source computing and storage cloud infrastructure that services more than 8000 users providing more than 9000 virtual machines.
The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most successful
universities in the UK with an international reputation as a centre of academic excellence. Its international
character is reflected in its international student population, international staff and in its joint research
and other links with overseas universities, institutes, companies and governments. The University is the
leading research university in Scotland and is amongst the top five in the United Kingdom. According to
the 2014 Research Excellence Framework some 83% of the University’s research activity is in the highest
categories (4* and 3*), — which are classified as “world leading” or “internationally excellent.” Edinburgh
research in Computer Science and Informatics was rated the best in the UK, based on breadth and quality
of research. UEDIN has a strong focus on bridging the gap between research and innovation, and has been
responsible for the formation of more spin-out companies that any other UK university in the past five
GUNET was founded in 2000 and its members are all the Universities and Higher Technological Education Institutes (TEI) in Greece (20 Universities and 16 TEI). The mission of the company is to promote, facilitate and coordinate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), services and applications in the Greek academic community.