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MC IMPULSE brings together various European industrial and academic key players in the field of sensor and data processing to develop and execute a multidisciplinary and networked European research training programme. The network consists of a mixture of larger and smaller innovative companies, various universities and one research establishment.

The participants in the network are: Thales Nederland B.V., Lancaster University, Rinicom Ltd., Twente University, Saab AB, Xsens Technologies B.V. , Linköping University and Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE).



Linköping University - http://www.isy.liu.se/en
The Division of Automatic Control at the Department of Electrical Engineering consists of some 35 researchers specialized in sensor fusion, system identification, optimization and nonlinear systems. The sensor fusion group participates in all three kinds of excellence centers funded by Swedish governmental research agencies. The group’s mission is to mix theoretical contributions at the international frontier with real applications. The vision is to publish applied papers with real data for navigation and tracking of everything that moves, which currently includes cars, aircraft, surface ships, underwater vessels, industrial robot arms, cell phones etc. The theoretical work of the group has resulted in a range of plenary presentations on particle filtering, fault detection, automotive applications and localization in wireless networks. The Division of Automatic Control is renowned to have an open and friendly atmosphere with an open door policy. All people (PhD students, visitors, professors etc) are sitting in the same corridor, and have the same working facilities with a state of the art computer system.

Xsens Technologies BV - www.xsens.com   
Xsens Technologies is a leading supplier of products for measurement of motion, orientation and position and is specialized in state-of-the-art miniature MEMS inertial sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope), aiding technologies (GPS/GNSS, vision, barometer, magnetic field sensors) and proprietary ‘sensor fusion’ software algorithms.
The Xsens R&D team consists of about 10 persons specialized in designing and implementation of statistical algorithms for motion tracking using inertial sensors. The group includes three PhD’s and two PhD students. Xsens was founded in the year 2000 and has since published five patents and numerous journal publications. Due through our tight contacts with universities such as LiU and UTwente we benefit from good research contacts and also access to the university library and housing accommodation.

Universiteit Twente - www.universiteittwente.nl/education/eemcs
University of Twente is a public university in the Netherlands with primary focus on Engineering. Being primarily an engineering institution, University of Twente has considerable experience in training through research. Within the university, the chair SST (stochastic system and signal theory) is responsible for MC IMPULSE. This chair deals with stochastic system theory and signal processing. The chair has long tradition of working in filtering theory with applications to diverse fields and long tradition of conducting both mathematical/theoretical and applied/engineering research. This makes the chair particularly suitable to contribute significantly to MC IMPULSE. The chair SST is member of the nationwide graduate research school DISC (Dutch Institute of Systems and Control). DISC and other research schools in the Netherlands offer high level graduate courses in their respective fields at the national level. It is intended that the recruited fellow will follow appropriate courses within DISC or other suitable research schools. The recruited fellow will be able to use all facilities of the faculty available to other employees. In addition, university library and other facilities will be open to the fellow. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands and the university will provide the fellow and visitors accommodation within the campus.

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics - http://www.fkie.fraunhofer.de/en.html  
Frauhofer FKIE is the German research centre for designing and improving defence and security related surveillance, reconnaissance and command & control systems (C4ISR). Scientific research is conducted in the areas of sensor technology, advanced signal processing, communications, sensor data & information fusion, information technology and human factors research. The proposed research topics will be run in the department “Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SDF)” at Frauhofer FKIE. In this department efficient methods for multiple sensor data and information fusion are developed, scientifically analyzed, quantitatively evaluated, and demonstrated (“proof of concept”).
Frauhofer FKIE is one of the four partners running the “International Research School on Multi-Modal Sensor Systems for Environmental Exploration (MOSES)” at Siegen University, Germany. MOSES is a high level project and research oriented postgraduate programme that qualifies for autonomous scientific work and professional activity in research and development. MOSES offers research and education opportunities in all aspects of sensors, multi modal sensor systems, sensor data processing, multi sensor data fusion, data mining simulation and optimization of complex sensor systems with applications in nearly any scientific and technical field. The researchers working for the proposed research topics will be regular members of the MOSES program and will have the opportunity to participate in all lectures and to earn the German equivalent of a PhD degree. The supervisors of the research topics are lecturers within the MOSES framework. All necessary equipment and infrastructure will be available.


Thales Nederland BV - www.thalesgroup.com/nl
In the Thales Group, Thales Nederland is the "Centre of Excellence" in the field of radar technology. Thales-NL is not an isolated radar developer. At various levels it cooperates with its largest customer, the Royal Netherlands Navy, in order to develop exactly what this ambitious customer requires. Further, the company maintains good relations with various science and research institutes, such as the universities of Twente and Delft, and TNO, the Dutch Association for Applied Scientific Research. The fellows will be hosted at the Business Unit Surface Radar of Thales Nederland B.V. in Hengelo and Delft, the Netherlands. The research department offers all the necessary facilities and the fellows will be part of multi-disciplinary teams with the best researchers in their field of expertise.

Lancaster University - www.lancaster.ac.uk
Lancaster University is one of the top ten UK research-led universities. The Department of Communication Systems (DCS) has international reputation for its original research in signal and data processing, image fusion, multimedia communications and coding, artificial intelligence and data security. The DCS has three main, closely related research areas: Digital Signal Processing, Informatics, Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science. The Department is located in InfoLab21, at Lancaster University, in the established world class centre of excellence for research and development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The ICT centre offers high tech environment for academic research staff, research students and industrial activities. The research is organised into three areas: Informatics, Digital Signal Processing and Radio Propagation. MC IMPULSE, being complementary to the current research at the Department of Communication Systems, fits well to the Departmental research activities. At present, the Department of Communication Systems constitutes of 14 members of academic staff, 7 visiting professors and honorary research fellows, 38 research assistants/students and over 60 MSc students.

Rinicom Ltd - www.rinicom.com
Rinicom Ltd is a Lancaster, UK based, privately owned technology company specialised in providing state-of-the art solutions for Wireless Broadband Communications, Digital TV Broadcasting and Wireless Video Surveillance applications. Rinicom's portfolio of products is growing fast; in particular, Rinicom Ltd introduced the world’s smallest integrated COFDM/MPEG-2 miniature transmitter which became a de-facto Industry standard for covert wireless surveillance applications. Recently Rinicom introduced a novel wireless broadband system which supports both “star” and “mesh” architectures and provides superior performance in multi-path and nonline-of-sight environments. Currently Rinicom Ltd employs 27 (FTE) staff, 23 of which are R&D engineers. This high percentage of R&D personnel reflects Rinicom's commitment to innovation and provision of novel state-of-the-art solutions. Rinicom has a good track record in participating in FP6 and FP7 EU Programmes. To maintain its leading edge research advantage, Rinicom maintains close research links with the leading UK Universities (e.g. University of Leeds and University of Lancaster).

Saab AB - www.saabgroup.com
Saab is high-technology company with its main operation focussing on aviation, civil security and defence. The Data Fusion group engaged in the current ITN proposed work is located at Saab Systems, a business unit within the Defence and Security solutions segment. The Data Fusion group at Saab Systems has been active for 24 years, designing data fusion systems for civil and military air and sea surveillance worldwide. Ground surveillance is relatively new, but three R&D projects have already been carried out: for example the “IDEALS” project in collaboration with Thales NL, investigating both theoretical aspects (particle filtering, data association) and applications to ground target tracking – handling of digital map data and motion models. The data fusion group at Saab Systems has a staff of about 18 people, including 8 PhDs.