TRUSTS Consortium

Our consortium consists of seventeen partners combining their knowledge and experience from research and business. Partners are located in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain.

Lead: Leibniz University of Hannover / L3S Research Center – Hannover, DE

The L3S Research Center of the Leibniz University of Hannover, founded in 2001, is a joint research institute of several universities in Lower Saxony, Germany formally associated with Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH). Work at L3S focuses on excellent AI-based research and the development of innovative and cutting-edge methods and technologies for systems, which are intelligent (characterized by learning processes that allow the acquisition of new skills and deal with a large amount of heterogeneous, uncertain and probabilistic data), reliable (ensuring the reliability of the ever more complex networked and autonomous intelligent systems) and responsible (both reflecting social needs and explore and assess possible effects on personal freedom of development, democratic principles and social interaction). The L3S team builds upon approaches from various areas such as social media analysis, information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, semantic web technologies, as well as privacy/security related legal issues and sociology.

Project partners in alphabetical order

Data Intelligence Offensive – Salzburg, AT

Austria’s central platform for promoting data economy and data science and uniting stakeholders from economy, research, associations, and public administration. Its goals are creating a data ecosystem based on trust, security and data sovereignty, data quality, interoperability, technologies and innovation, and community.

Dell EMC Israel – Herzliya, IL

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98% of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

Ebos Technologies – Lefkosia, CY

EBOS Technologies Limited (EBOS) is an innovative and client-focused Information Technology SME software house with head offices in Cyprus and branch offices in Ireland and in the UK. EBOS is dedicated in providing comprehensive and cost-effective technologically-advanced e-business software solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. EBOS product portfolio provides a wide range of Windows and web-based customisable business solutions targeted for the enterprise market. EBOS core product offering, WiseBOS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), is a state-of-the-art comprehensive software Suite, that offers complete, innovative, and proven solutions for enterprises of all sizes who want to thrive in the new digital era. WiseBOS ERP Suite is designed to adapt in flexible ways to the ever-changing business needs of companies, unleashing the real potential of having fully integrated solutions that are fully-aligned with their business directives.

EBOS is heavily investing in beyond the state-of-the-art technologies, thereby accelerating future digital innovation. EBOS Research & Development (R&D) division is focused on future-oriented research in a broad area of activities and domains, such as ICT, wireless communication networks technologies and architectures including 5G, Next Generation Internet Technologies, Big Data analytics, IoT, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Augmented & Virtual Reality and Intelligent Dashboards.

FORTH Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas / Institute of Computer Science – Heraklion, GR

The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) , established in 1983, is the largest Research Centre of Greece, with modern infrastructures and state of the art facilities, highly qualified personnel and an internationally acknowledged reputation as one of the top research institutions in Europe. FORTH comprises eight Research Institutes.

The Institute of Computer Science (ICS) established in 1983, is conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies. Activities of ICS cover important research and development areas, encompassing new perspectives, emerging fields of research and technological challenges worldwide. In its continuing efforts to exploit its research activities and results, the Institute contributes significantly to the diffusion of modern Information and Communications Technologies in the public and private sectors, acting as a catalyst for the creation of an Information Society acceptable by all citizens.

Forthnet – Heraklion, GR

Forthnet is one of the largest alternative fixed operator that provides broadband and pay TV services in Greece with more than 1 Million subscriptions. Forthnet S.A, is active in the fields of telecommunications
and PayTV and is listed in the main market of the Athens Stock Exchange since 2000. Using state-of-the-art technologies and fully exploiting its knowhow, Forthnet offers a set of individual or bundled fixed telephony, broadband internet and TV-content services (primarily DTH and recently OTT), to customers, enterprises and Public Bodies throughout Greece.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme – München, DE

As a technical partner, Fraunhofer will bring in its expertise in the conceptualization, implementation and operation of data marketplace solutions. Being an active contributor of software components and co-leading the architecture working group of the Industrial Data Space Association, Fraunhofer has expertise in building a secure, decentral Data Space that preserves data sovereignty. This expertise can be leveraged by TRUSTS in order to build on established and proven knowledge and software that can be reused and adapted to fulfil the requirements of the TRUSTS platform.

Fraunhofer IAIS (FhG-IAIS) is Fraunhofer’s “data institute”, and one of the most renowned research institutions in the data science area, with an extremely strong track record in data mining, machine learning, semantic technology and information retrieval research, and its applications to big data analytics, enterprise information integration and media analytics, supported by professional software engineering and project management.

Governance One – Freiburg, DE

Governance One GmbH (G1) is a management consulting firm based in Freiburg, Germany. The company offers professional services with a functional focus on strategy & business model development, transformation & change management, and innovation management.

International Data Spaces Association – Berlin, DE

Industrial Data Space e. V. (IDSA) is an international association under German law. The Industrial Data Space enables a reliable exchange of data with common rules for all companies – based on an open reference model. With the establishment of the Industrial Data Space Association, business and industry take an active part in designing the architecture of the Industrial Data Space. A total of 18 companies and organizations are among the founding members. The strategic initiative with respect to the Industrial Data Space aims to guarantee data sovereignty by a peer-to-peer network which provides usage control of industrial data. The association Industrial Data Space e. V. pools the requirements on Industrial Data Space, organizes the knowledge exchange between research and business and develops guidelines for the certification, standardization and utilization of the results emerging from the different IDS related research projects on European and national level.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Interdisciplinary Centre for Information Technology and Intellectual Property (CiTiP) – Leuven, BE

KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Information Technology and Intellectual Property (CiTiP) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven, with currently a staff of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT technology and innovation. CiTiP is among the founding members of the Leuven Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and of the Flemish digital research and incubation center iMinds ( that recently merged with imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies ( CiTiP has a solid track record as an ethical-legal partner in large international and interdisciplinary research projects and is internationally renowned for its expertise in the areas of data protection, privacy and information security law, new media and communications law, information rights management, and intellectual property rights.

Know-Center / Research center for data-driven business – Graz, AT

The Know-Center is Austria’s leading research centre for data-driven business and big data analytics. As a connecting link between science and industry, the Know-Center conducts application-oriented research in cooperation with other academic institutions and with companies. Within Know-Center, we pursue a wider perspective and approach data driven business as a cognitive computing challenge.

Lstech España – Barcelona, ES

LSTECH ESPANA SL, is an SME committed to building innovative Big Data analytics, specializing also in technologies and tools for auditing and regulation compliance with emphasis on privacy and discrimination issues. Combining over 100 man years of collective experience in the areas of Software Engineering and Data Science, especially in the telecommunications domain LSTech is focusing its software development efforts on two distinct areas:

  • Applications for Decision Makers: The aim is to empower top level decision makers to take full advantage of their existing Big Data investment without human in the loop, removing the need for middle level analysts and executives from the process.
  • Applications for Policy Makers: The aim is to assist policy makers and regulators across the globe to make sense out of the vast and dynamic information present in the Internet in order to test and build better policies for the private and public sectors to the end of ensuring social responsibility and compliance to government directives.

Piraeus Bank – Athens, GR

Piraeus Bank as an universal bank leads a group of companies covering all financial activities in the Greek market. The largest bank in Greece provides a wide range of financial products and services to approximately 5.2 million customers.

Relational Technology – Bucharest, RO

Founded in Bucharest, Romania in 2009, Relational Technology SA has evolved over the years from one of the most promising independent software vendors in Romania, Greece and the Balkans, to an International Software Developer & Integrator with international presence and offices in Athens, Romania, Croatia, UK and a client base all over Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Its strategy supports strongly its expansion to markets outside Romania and Greece, with current intense marketing activities in Europe (especially Balkans), Middle East and North Africa. Relational Technology SA is a software integrator, specialising in Software Development, Integration, Web, Mobile and Cloud technology along with Wireless LAN and/or WiFi Network Systems Monitoring and Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) platforms, with substantial experience in the integration of the above mentioned solutions in security intensive environments. Since 2009, Relational Technology SA has been dedicated to research and innovation in the security and transport and logistics covering policy, strategy, operational processes, and ICT.

Research Studios Austria / Data Science – Salzburg, AT

The Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH is a non-profit research institution that manages innovations from universities to market in the area of eTechnologies and Smart Media. It operates a network of currently five research units called Studios cooperating with and creating research synergies among the TU Wien, Johannes Kepler University Linz, and University of Salzburg.

The project will be carried out by the Research Studio Data Science which started operation in 2015. It is an R&D initiative for innovation and applied research that accelerates the development, deployment and adoption of Text Analytics and Data Science technology and relevant innovations. The Research Studio Data Science applies scientifically rigorous data analytics to obtain business-relevant insights based on large amounts of heterogeneous data. The Data Science Research Studio works together with and for companies and public administration to develop innovative solutions for gaining maximum value from unstructured data.

Semantic Web Company (SWC) – Vienna, AT

SWC is an SME based in Vienna, Austria founded in 2001 that offers ICT consulting services & solutions in the fields of semantic information- & data management. This includes semantic data- & metadata management, knowledge- and information management systems, linked open data (LOD), enterprise search, information retrieval solutions and social software . Furthermore SWC is software vendor of the self-developed Semantic Suite PoolParty for enterprise-ready solutions in taxonomy management, metadata management and data integration and -analytics. Another part of SWCs work is the successful realisation (specification, design, and implementation) of web based information-, data- and knowledge platforms and collaborative environments with a long time experience of more than 15 years.

Technische Universiteit Delft / Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management – Delft, NL

Founded in 1862, Delft University of Technology is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive technical university in the Netherlands. Renowned for its high standards of education and research, the university collaborates with other educational establishments and research institutes, both in the Netherlands and overseas.

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences. The Faculty’s mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society. The department of Engineering Systems and Services (ESS) operates on the interface where complex systems meet engineering. Energy, mobility and ICT systems and services are continuously converging. The Department therefore contributes to Comprehensive Engineering from a systems integration perspective. Within the department, the ICT group has a long experience in the field of multi-actor business modeling, digital platforms, and open data.