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The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) is part of the Fraunhofer Society for the advancement of applied research, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. Fraunhofer ISI conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of technology, economy and society under contract to the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Office of Technology Assessment (TAB), other ministries and industrial companies.  Fraunhofer is the Project Coordinator.

 

Trilateral Research & Consulting is a London-based SME, specialising in research and the provision of independent, non-partisan strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, privacy, surveillance, security, trust, risk, ethics and socio-economics. Trilateral has initiated, organised and participated in several successful consortia in FP6 and FP7, and participates actively in evaluating risks related to emerging technologies with a particular focus in the areas of data protection, e-inclusion, healthcare, security and surveillance.  Members of the Trilateral partnership come from a range of backgrounds within academia and industry, including social sciences, economics, technology and business, creating synergies for the assessment of impacts and the provision of insights to drive strategy and policy forward.

 

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2008) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has 19,700 students from more than 150 countries, and 5,400 employees. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 60 per cent of research activity at King’s was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. The College is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of approximately £450 million. The department of war studies is a leading department for the questions of war, defence, security and ethics. The War studies department has been involved in both ELISE and Challenge PCRD. The Department of War Studies was rated third for teaching excellence alongside Oxford and Cambridge in the 2011 Guardian University Guide for Politics and voted third for the volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

 

The University of Lugano (or USI for short, deriving from its Italian name Università della Svizzera italiana) is the youngest of the 10 cantonal Universities in Switzerland. Founded in 1996, it comprises four faculties: architecture, communication sciences, economics, and informatics. It is home to 2,400 students from over 30 nationalities, over 600 academic staff and 30 research institutes, currently pursuing approximately 50 scientific projects. The Faculty of Informatics was inaugurated in 2004 and already features a faculty of 21 full, associate and assistant professors, making it the largest computer science faculty of all Swiss cantonal Universities (second only to the two large Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne). The faculty has a strong research track record, in particular in systems, software engineering, ubiquitous computing, and security and privacy.

 

The interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS) is devoted to analytical, theoretical and prospective research into the relationships between law, science, technology and society. Even if LSTS’ core expertise is legal, it also has strong experience and track record in legal theory, philosophy of sciences and bio-ethics, and engages in criminological and STS-research too.  LSTS is has a well-established reputation in research concerning privacy and data protection, profiling technologies, ambient intelligence and ‘autonomic computing’ in a broader sense. Next to this LSTS research deals with the regulation of technology; with the impact of security and crime-fighting policies upon human rights; with issues at the crossroads of intellectual property law and science and technology; with the impact of profiling techniques and statistics on the law and the individual; with the participation of the citizens, civil society and publics, into science and technology policies (participatory Technology Assessment, rethinking representation) and with the legal and ethical issues relating to the commodification of human body material (focussing especially on organ transfer, biobanking and patenting of human body material). The team has been involved in internationally networked research projects and publishes widely.

 

Situated in the nexus between academia, business and the public sector, CEPS is an independent analyst of European policy. Its core business is the conduct of policy research on European affairs and the broad dissemination of its findings through a regular flow of publications, public events and commentary. The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Section at CEPS is examining the issues and dilemmas related to the construction of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and its internal and external dimensions and how these impact on the freedom and security of people. It is concerned to ensure that the principles of the EU – the protection of fundamental and human rights, the respect for rule of law and the protection of democracy – are fully implemented in the sensitive fields of immigration, asylum, policing and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

 

The Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC) is Europe’s leading independent research centre specialising in advice on political, ethical and social issues raised by emerging technologies. CSSC is registered as a private research centre with the Italian Ministry of University and Research and is accredited by the Faculties of Psychology (1 and 2) of the La Sapienza University of Rome to provide internship programs in socio-psychological research for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Since 2008 CSSC has been member of the Platform of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the European Union. CSSC is an associate member of the Italian Confederation of Education and Knowledge Companies (Assoknowledge) where it leads the sector group on biometrics. CSSC has pioneered research on ethical and policy implication of emerging technologies in the field of ICT for ageing, eInclusion, biometrics, security, identification technology.