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BYTE kick-off meeting, March 2014

The BYTE consortium consists of 11 partners from 10 countries.


Trilateral Research Ltd

Trilateral Research (TRI) are the project coordinators of the BYTE project. TRI is a leading London-based multi-disciplinary research, consulting and technology development services company. Our teams collaborate across social sciences and technology development, deriving insights that support data driven innovation. Trilateral coordinates the BYTE project and leads work package two on elements of societal impact.

Persons involved in the project:
Kush Wadhwa (
Rachel Finn (
 Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. LSTS has a well-established reputation in research concerning privacy and data protection, profiling technologies, ambient intelligence and ‘autonomic computing’ in a broader sense, but also deals with other research areas: the regulation of technology; the impact of security and crime-fighting policies upon human rights, and the impact of profiling techniques and statistics on the law and the individual. Within BYTE, in addition to other tasks, VUB will lead WP4 “Evaluating and addressing positive and negative externalities”.

 Persons involved in the project:
Paul De Hert – (
Hans Lammerant – (])
Serge Gutwirth

National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research

The National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is the biggest public research organization in Italy. Its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development. CNR-IIA participates in the BYTE project with the Earth & Space Science Informatics Laboratory (ESSI-Lab), which was established to facilitate the effective and seamless provision of multi-disciplinary Earth & Space applications. ESSI-Lab research focuses on the application of information science and technologies to manage, harmonize, and share Earth & Space Science resources and develop Spatial Information Infrastructures. Within BYTE, in addition to other tasks, CNR-IIA will lead WP7 “The big data community”.

 Persons involved in the project: 
Stefano Nativi (
Lorenzo Bigagli (


University of Oslo

The Department of Informatics is the most comprehensive school of computer science in Norway. According to the 2010 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the department is ranked No. 6 of the Computer Science departments in Europe and No. 48 worldwide. The University of Oslo (UiO) is the oldest and largest university in Norway. The department promotes oil and gas-related research as one of its main focus areas, and will participate through the research group in Logic and Intelligent Data, led by Prof. Waaler. Within BYTE, in addition to other tasks, UiO will take the lead in BYTE’s dedicated case study WP (3).

Persons involved in the project: 
Guillermo Vega Gorgojo (
Rajendra Akerkar (
Arild Waaler (


DERI Logoinsight_logo (2)The Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway was founded in 2003 as DERI (Digital Enterprise Research Institute ( and incorporated into the nationwide Insight Centre for Data Analytics ( in July 2013. Today the Insight institute at NUI Galway hosts in excess of 100 members and has established itself as a top player worldwide in the areas of Web Science, Semantic Web and Linked Data. It has developed and successfully implemented a research strategy around the goal of “Enabling Networked Knowledge”, which aims at capitalizing on knowledge as the fuel for the digital service economy, by linking information and exploiting the resulting knowledge graphs as the basis for economic productivity. The institute performs fundamental and applied research in a range of research areas to enable this including data streams and sensor networks, knowledge discovery, natural language processing, social semantics and social network analysis, among others. Research outcomes are applied in use cases in a range of domains, including eHealth & Life Scienes, eLearning, eGovernment, eBusiness and financial services, Green and Sustainable IT.

Persons involved in the project:
 Edward Curry (
Umair ul Hassan (



National Information Infrastructure Development Institute

National Information Infrastructure Development Institute (NIIFI) as the Hungarian NREN represents a large, mostly academic user community over the Hungarian customer landscape. Besides the standard data network services NIIFI offers a broad set of services to its scientific user community to facilitate Hungarian research, development and innovation. During the 13 years of experience laid down in distributed scientific computing and distributed data storage NIIFI has augmented a large piece of distributed scientific infrastructure and also corresponding support services that are broadly used for contemporary scientific simulations and data processing. In these services the whole innovation chain is supported from the high-level algorithmic support to the final exploitation of the scientific data produced. Within BYTE, among other tasks, NIIFI will lead work package 1, “Setting the stage on big data”.

Persons involved in the project: 
Peter Stefan (
Laszlo Gergely (


STI Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, Austria

The UniversUIBK_STI-IBK-Logo_CMYK_Pfad_Lity of Innsbruck (UIBK) was established in 1669 and is the largest education facility in the Austrian state of Tyrol. The Semantic Technology Institute (STI) is a research institute working on the Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures. Starting as a research group under the guidance of Prof. Dieter Fensel in 2002, it was turned into a research institute at the University of Innsbruck in January of 2006. STI Innsbruck is a research institute of the University of Innsbruck, with a stable university-provided funding for a number of its staff, whereas its other part of staff members are funded through third-party projects. Within BYTE, among other tasks, STI Innsbruck will lead the dissemination WP (WP6).

 Persons involved in the project: 
Anna Fensel (
Marti Cuquet (


TU Delft_LogoDelft University of Technology

The Delft University of Technology is the oldest and largest engineering university in the Netherlands. The project is hosted by the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. The broad focus of the faculty in the areas of socio-technical and socio-ecological systems complements the other traditional engineering faculties located in Delft. Within BYTE, among other tasks, TUD will use their expertise in foresight analysis to lead WP 5.

 Persons involved in the project: 
Scott W. Cunningham (
Claudia Werker (


Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et automatique

INRIA, the French Institute for research in computer science and control, operating under the dual authority of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Industry, is dedicated to fundamental and applied research in information and communication science and technology (ICST). As its strategy closely combines scientific excellence with technology transfer, it develops collaborations with the economic world through strategic industrial partners. By playing a leading role in the scientific community in the field and being in close contact with industry, Inria is a major participant in the development of ICST in France. Inria develops many partnerships with industry and fosters technology transfer and company foundation in the field of ICST. Within BYTE, in addition to other tasks, INRIA will use its expertise and past experience in roadmapping to lead WP6 “Roadmapping”.

Persons involved in the project:
Stéphane Grumbach (


DNV GL AS (DNV) is a leading, independent provider of services for managing risk, with a network of more than 10.000 people in 300 offices in 100 different countries. It is a foundation established in 1864, with focus on the maritime and energy sectors. DNV assists its customers in managing risk by providing four categories of service: classification, certification, technology qualification and consultancy. DNV is also an internationally recognized provider of technical and managerial advisory services and one of the world’s leading classification societies. Within BYTE, among other tasks, DNV will use their industrial expertise to exclusively deliver a case study on energy to the BYTE project (in WP3).

 Persons involved in the project: 
Erik Stensrud   (
Tom Thomsen (
Grunde Løvoll (

logo_siemensSIEMENS AG

Siemens AG (headquartered in Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure & city sectors. Siemens holds leading market positions in all its business areas. The company has around 405,000 employees (in continuing operations) working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Within BYTE, SIEMENS will use their industrial expertise to exclusive deliver a case study on smart cities to the BYTE project (in WP3).

Person involved in the project:
Sonja Zillner (