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The figure below summarises the contribution of each partner to the project:
Role of each partner within SEERS value chain
AIMEN (Coordinator) is a Non Profit association constituted by 110 companies, which supplies technological support to more than 400 companies dedicated to industrial or commercial activity related to metallurgy, automotive sector, civil construction, mechanics, shipbuilding, chemicals, foundry, machinery, ceramics, food, cement, wood and its derivates, plastics, engineering, assembly and others. AIMEN promotes and undertakes research, as well as improves design, simulation and joining technologies.
AIMEN has experience in R&D collaborative projects managing several National and European projects dealing with Real-Time process control, robotics, hardware design, software processing, and laser processing.
NIT is a SME which core business is manufacturing and commercializing uncooled detectors and systems in the Medium Wave IR (MWIR/1-5 microns). At time being NIT is the only company in the world able to manufacture uncooled/low cost MWIR imaging FPAs and systems with extended response from 1 – 5 microns.
The line of products of the company is based on self-designed, self-produced single element detectors, linear arrays and imaging FPAs. NIT also design and manufacture customized detectors, sensors and systems (including OEM modules) to adapt its standard products to customer’s solutions. NIT imagers are suitable for monitoring in real time/in line dynamics processes to a cost compatible with most industrial requirements.
Founded in 2011 as a spin-off SME from METU MEMS Research and Application Center, Mikrosens is a VC funded fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets cost-effective uncooled microbolometer infrared sensors and camera systems for a wide range of infrared imaging applications including advanced presence detection, automotive, security, thermography, and consumer electronics.
Quest-Innovations develops and manufactures high quality multi- and hyperspectral cameras and dedicated hardware and software for advanced imaging applications. Its long experience with developing embedded camera systems, FPGA based imaging IP and sensor integrations, along with fast knowledge of Optical design and manufacturing makes Quest a qualified partner for the project. The main markets that Quest focuses on are: defense & security, science & life science, medical applications, agriculture and industry.
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has a tradition of excellence as the fourth oldest university in the UK. It is a member of the elite Russell Group of leading UK research universities, a founding member of Universitas21, and a member of IRUN (International Research Universities Network), an international network of broad-based research universities. Ranked 51st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2013) and 17th in the UK, UoG is a world-leading research intensive institution, attracting scholars from more than 130 countries worldwide each year.
In recognition of its employment practices that specifically support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education, UoG has been awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award. The Institution also holds an ‘HR excellence in research’ award.
GRADIANT is a private non-profit Research and Technology Organization based in Vigo, Spain. GRADIANT's focus is on applied research on ICT and technology transfer to industry and society. With over 100 industrial clients in portfolio and a turnover of EUR 4.3 million in 2013, GRADIANT currently runs 45 applied R&D projects most of them under contract with industrial players.
Gradiant operates since 2008 and staffs ca. 85 researchers as of Q1 2014, 17 of them with PhD degree. GRADIANT’s ICT research and innovation activity spreads over Digital Communications, Intelligent Systems, eServices, Multimodal Information, and eHealth which result in the development of technologies applicable in a wide variety of market sectors.
Thales Italia (THALIT) is the Italian subsidiary of the French Thales Group, a leading international electronics and systems multinational company, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales employs 68,000 people worldwide with annual revenues of €13 billion and one third of its staff dedicated to innovation. Thales offers an unmatched capability in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems and is a world leader in transport and security markets.
Thales Italia develops ICT solutions and services in various business domains including Security, Transportation and Critical Information Systems, and is an acknowledged international competence centre for large-scale projects. Thales Italia employs more than 500 people (17% dedicated to R&D) with annual revenues of about €150 million.
CASSIDIAN SAS (now integrated in AIRBUS Defence and Space as a brand name) is the System House Business Unit within AIRBUS group. As such, the BU is in charge of designing and developing integrated systems for the customers. These large systems integrate products and systems from the group (including airborne and space-borne platforms) and from a large panel of associated partners, including numerous SMEs.
The Integrated Systems Line of Business (IS) within CASSIDIAN Systems provides fully-integrated modular solutions and services in order to minimise risk exposure in the areas of surveillance, Borders Security, population protection, infrastructure security, responses to emergencies and international reaction operations. CASSIDIAN are also a leader in the domain of satellites ground segments and in the resulting Geographic applications.
Middle East Technical University (METU) is an international state university founded in 1956, which has been the leading and one of the most competitive universities in Turkey. In METU-MEMS Center, a wide-variety of microsensors and components has been developed, including piezoresistive and capacitive pressure sensors, low-cost CMOS infrared detectors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, humidity sensors, temperature sensors, frost sensors, DNA analysis systems, biosensors, micro power generators, and various RF MEMS components.
During these activities, METU-MEMS Center has collaborated with a number of national/international partners. With the help of these collaborations and the success of the projects, METU-MEMS Center gained a well-deserved recognition both in national and international arenas.