• Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • University of Haifa, Israel
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Technical University of Crete, Greece

Members of the general assembly

Dr. Michael Mock, Fraunhofer IAIS
Prof. Assaf Schuster, Technion
Prof. Daniel Keren, Haifa University
Prof. Dino Pedreschi, CNR
Prof. Minos Garofalakis, Technical University of Crete

Fraunhofer IAIS

Fraunhofer IAIS

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research (FRAUNHOFER)) is Germany’s leading organisation of research institutions for applied research. Fraunhofer’s 60 research institutes are co-ordinating and/or contributing to large national and international industrial applied research projects, as well as to research projects targeting the service sector, national and regional governments and the EU. A staff of 17 000, the majority of whom are scientists and engineers (with university degree), generate the annual research budget of more than €1.4 billion.

The Knowledge Discovery Department (KD) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) in Sankt Augustin, Germany, is a research group (50 scientists) located in the field Machine Learning and Data Mining. Professional experience and expertise in this group include Data Mining, Statistical Relational Learning, Bayesian Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, and Distributed Computing. The group has extensive experiences with EU projects, having coordinated in the last 5 years five ICT projects and participated in more than 15. To mention a few, FRAUNHOFER coordinated the AntiPhish project (Anticipatory Learning for Reliable Phishing Prevention, 2006-2009) and the KDubiq Coordination Action (Knowledge Discovery in Ubiquitous Environments, 2006-2008), and is involved in the ACGT project (Advancing Clinico-Genomic Trials on Cancer, 2006 - 2009), the LifeWatch project (development of an European infrastructure for coping with the biological diversity, 2007 – 2009), the DMGrid project (Datamining tools and services for grid computing environments, 2004-2006) and the IP SIMDAT (Grids for Industrial Product Development, 2004-2008). The group is also currently involved in several nationally funded and industrial projects in Multimedia Mining, Spatial Data Mining and Text Mining.


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s primary technological university and the largest centre for applied research in Israel. Ranked among the leading technological universities in the world, numerous innovations in all fields have their origins in Technion research. All technology transfer and research activities of Technion staff are handled by the Technion Research & Development Foundation ltd. Two Technion researchers won the Nobel Prize in 2004.

The Technion offers pre, graduate & postgraduate students the opportunity to pursue world-class research in science, engineering, industrial management, as well as many other fields. Today there are over 12,000 students at the Technion, 25% of them graduate students, taught by a thousand staff members. With the merging of science and technology, and research becoming multi-disciplinary to a large extent, Technion has in addition to its 19 faculties, some 29 research institutes and centres, all based on a flexible organisational structure, enabling it to rapidly respond to new research priorities.

The CS department at the Technion consists of more than 50 professors, spanning all areas in the core of computer science. The quality of research pursued in the Technion CS department is well known worldwide. About 800 students graduate each year from the department, including about 100 MSc and 70 PhD. The department graduates are known to be the “best of breed” in the country and abroad.

UH - University of Haifa

UH - University of Haifa

The University of Haifa was founded in 1963, and its Computer Science Department in 1997. The Department offers the B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D degrees. Three of its Ph.D graduates are faculty members in Israeli Universities. Currently, the Department has about 400 undergraduate, 80 M.Sc, and 15 Ph.D students. It maintains a one-track computer science program, as well as unique programs for a double major in computer science and biology, and computer science and law. The Department is relatively small hence it puts an emphasis on personal contact with the students. Four years ago, the Department embarked on a unique program of incorporating gifted high-school students into its B.Sc program. These students graduate with a B.Sc at the age of 19.

The research staff consists of 15 regular faculty, with the main research areas being theory and computer vision. In recent years members of the Department won many research grants, such as Israeli Science Academy grants, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, European FP6 grants, and European ERC grants.

CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

ISTI is an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) located in Pisa. The beginnings of ISTI can be traced back to 1954 when Pisa University, on the advice of the Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi, decided to design and construct a computer intended entirely for scientific use, the first in Italy. Therefore, ISTI is one of the earliest European research centres fully targeted at information technology. ISTI currently employs 81 permanent researchers, and about 70 PhD students, graduate and post-doc staff. The Institute is committed to producing scientific excellence and to playing an active role in technology transfer.

ISTI participates to the LIFT proposal with its Knowledge Discovery and Delivery Laboratory KDDLAB (, a joint research initiative with the Computer Science Department of University of Pisa. KDDLAB was founded in 1996 and is aimed at pursuing fundamental research, strategic applications and higher education in the area of Knowledge discovery and Data Mining. Main research lines are: Geographic

Knowledge Discovery; Spatio-temporal Data Mining; Pattern Discovery and Privacy-preserving data mining; Web Mining; Predictive models for Fraud Detection and Business Intelligence. KDDLAB is one of the largest research groups in Data Mining in Europe, and reached a high international reputation. In 2004 KDDLAB was responsible for the scientific organisation of the European Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD). In 2008, KDDLAB was responsible for the scientific organisation of IEEE-ICDM 2008, the International Conference on Data Mining, established as a top ranked research conference in data mining. Among the projects led by KDDLAB, the most relevant to the this proposal is GeoPKDD ( Geographic Privacy-aware Knowledge Discovery, a FET-Open project within IST-FP6 (2005-2008).

TUC - Technical University of Crete

Technical Universiy of Crete

The Technical University of Crete (TUC) founded in 1977 in Chania, Crete is the youngest of the two technical universities in Greece (the other one is the National Technical University of Athens). The purpose of this state institution is to provide high-quality undergraduate as well as graduate studies in modern engineering fields demanded by the Greek and international job market, to conduct research in cutting edge technologies as well as to develop links with the Greek and European industry. TUC is committed to staying at the forefront of educational and intellectual development in the areas of research and teaching both in Greece and internationally. Today, the Technical University of Crete is comprised of five Engineering Departments (Electronic and Computer Engineering, Production Engineering and Management, Mineral Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Architecture), and a Sciences Department, which provides academic support to their curricula.

TUC gathers around 2.900 undergraduate and 550 graduate and doctoral students, and employs 120 permanent faculty members, 149 part-time teaching and support personnel (adjunct faculty members) and 27 laboratory instructors. Currently, roughly 200 research programs are pursued by the Technical University of Crete with a total budget that exceeds 20.500.000 EUR (11.500.000 EUR annually).

The Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at TUC has achieved an excellent reputation for its research and teaching internationally. The department accepts 130 undergraduate students each year and employs 25 full-time faculty members. More than 75% of the ECE faculty members have obtained their PhD degrees in top-rated foreign Universities, and several held academic or research positions abroad for many years prior to joining TUC. The current levels of peer-reviewed scientific publication activity and competitive research funding are testament to the talent, visibility, and productivity of the faculty. Faculty credits further include multiple best paper awards at the ACM and IEEE Society level, professional recognition in terms of associate editor and technical committee member appointments, and leadership in conference organisation here and abroad. Many TUC ECE graduates have pursued graduate studies at TUC and abroad. Their ranks include faculty members at top-rated North-American Universities, researchers at University, Government, and Industrial Research Labs (e.g., Rice-U.S., Telcordia-U.S., HP Labs-U.S.), and successful professional engineers across Greece and Europe.

Fraunhofer IAIS


LIFT project flyer

The book chapter "Mobility Profiling" by M. NannyR. Trasarti, P. Cintia, B. Furletti, C. Renso, L. Gabrielli,S. Rinzivillo and F. Giannotti is published in Data Science and Simulation in Transportation Research, 2013.

The project workshop "First International Workshop on Big, Dynamic, Distributed Data (BD3)" is held in conjunction with VLDB'2013, August, 2013 in Trento, Italy.

The next meeting is 29. August 2013 in Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy.