PREDICT - PREparing for the Domino effect in Crisis siTuations

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Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) is a French research organisation. A transversal direction (Direction Security and Non-proliferation) has been created inside CEA in 2006 to coordinate the various actions of CEA in the domain of global security. The main topics are the support to the authorities in the fight against the terrorism, the numerous R&D actions within a national inter-ministerial CBRN-E program for better threat detection and identification  detection and identification, the various projects for the protection of critical infrastructures and of information and communication systems.

Role in the project: The CEA is the Project Coordinator and is also leading WP2 Domain Analysis and Requirements that aims at defining a baseline for understanding cascading effects nature in crisis situations, dependencies between events etc.

ITTI Sp. z o.o. is a private company focused on consulting and applied research in IT and telecommunications. It is located in Poznan, Poland. The activities of ITTI can be grouped into three categories: IT and telecom consulting for the end-users, Consulting for the telecommunications sector, Applied R&D in the area of IT and telecommunications. In the recent years ITTI was awarded the prestigious “Cristal Brussels Prize 2010” for the most active and successful Polish company participating in FP7 IST. ITTI got also reward for the high performance in R&D projects for European Defence Agency given by Polish Ministry of Defence (2009). ITTI is a member of the following international organisations dealing with security research: Public Safety Communications Europe, Industrial Mission Group for Security.

Role in the project: ITTI is leading WP5 Foresight and Prediction Tools developing core back-end PREDICT system modules and appropriate interfaces for WP6 Decision Support tools. ITTI also provides its broad experience in modelling of ICT solutions and defining architecture.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) is part of the Fraunhofer – Gesellschaft that undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 60 institutes in Germany, with a staff of some 20,000 and an annual budget of 1.8 billion €. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is also active on an international level: Affiliated research centres and representative offices in Europe, the USA and Asia provide contact with the regions of greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.

Role in the project: Leader of WP4 System Design & Iterative Integration in charge of designing a system architecture suitable for integrating the new predication and DSS tools developed in the framework of the PREDICT project

THALES is a global technology leader for the aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation markets. Building on proven capabilities in largescale software systems, THALES is stepping up to the security challenges of its customers in an increasingly interconnected, technology-driven world. To support Thales divisions, Thales Research & Technology (TRT) is a network of corporate research laboratories of the Thales group. TRT‟s primary mission is to forge links between the company and leading scientific bodies in each area of expertise in order to monitor the latest advances, develop disruptive technologies and expertise in new areas.
Role in the project: Thales is leading WP6 on Decision Support Systems (DSS) and will also contribute to the definition of models for organisations' response and communication capacity. As one of the partner in charge of developing the DSS tool of the PREDIC suite, Thales also contributes to the System architecture.

CEIS is a Research and Consultancy Firm with a strong specialisation in defence, intelligence and security issues. Since more than 15 years, it works with EU institutions, national governments and agencies and the private sector. Using intelligence tools and methodologies, CEIS assists companies, government bodies and public organisations by defining and deploying solutions that enable them to identify, manage and mitigate risks. CEIS has a number of European and national security organisations in its partner portfolio and has experts that cover a broad spectrum of crisis management.
Role in the project: As leader of Work Package 8, CEIS is in charge of facilitating the engagement of the PREDICT project with the broad community of crisis management end-users. CEIS is also leading the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project.

TNO is the largest research and technology organisation in the Netherlands with main objective to support Dutch government and industry. TNO’s has developed into one of the leading RTOs in Europe on a wide variety of technological and societal challenges for national and European government, leading business companies and societal organisations. TNO is active in seven themes: Energy, Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Built Environment, Transport and Mobility, Defence, Safety and Security and Information

Role in the project: Based on its empirical knowledge on critical infrastructure disruptions and cascading effect, TNO is leading WP7 on Prototype Testing and Validation that will will focus on the applicability and the added-value for end-users of the PREDICT deliverables.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multi-technology applied research organisation in Northern Europe, with a staff of 3200 and turnover 290 M€. VTT Fire and Evacuation Safety-team develops methods and tools for the safety assessment of buildings, transportation systems and industry. VTT also develops methods for industrial risk management, data mining and the assessment of human-technology interaction.
Role in the project: The main contribution of VTT - leader of WP3 - aims at developing a generic methodology for understanding the incident evolution and thus improving the capability to mitigate potential cascading effects. VTT will also participate in the development of simulation tools DSS.

Safety Region South Holland South consists of 19 municipalities with around 450.000 inhabitants. A safety region in the Netherlands is one area where collaboration by several administrations and services in respect of tasks in the field of fire fighting, disaster, crisis, Medical Assistance in Accidents and Disasters. The Safety Region has important responsibilities not only in response and preparation but also in consultancy the local government in matters of pro-action and prevention; including risk- and crisis communication.

Role in the project: As an end-user, the VRZHZ will test and validate the trainings tools and methods in the framework of a test case simulating a flood.

Suomenympäristökeskus (The Finnish Environment Institute), SYKE, is a large, interdisciplinary centre for environmental research and development which works under the Finnish Ministry of the Environment. SYKE is a national information centre which collects and processes environmental data, providing such data and expertise to various  takeholders in support of decision-making. SYKE is the competent governmental pollution response authority. It is in charge of measures against pollution incidents at open sea and whenever the severity of an incident so necessitates. SYKE is also the Finnish nationally appointed competent authority that is empowered to request and give international assistance in response to marine pollution caused by oil or other harmful substances

Role in the project: SYKE will test and validate training tools and methods especially within the maritime-related scenario. Here both Crises Management Simulator-support approach and fullscale exercise support will be used to study the interaction of the core players in crises situation and to validate PREDICT tools in operations.

UIC, the international union of railways, is the worldwide international organisation of the railway sector with its headquarters located in Paris. Its members mainly include integrated railway companies, infrastructure managers, and railway or combined transport operators, rolling stock. UIC’s mission is to promote rail transport at world level and meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development. As far as security is concerned, the current priorities are “security challenges and high speed development” and “interactions between security and safety.” The work is done in close authorities within the framework of the relevant international bodies.
Role in the project: Acting as end-user, UIC will first of all be involved in the technical specification and, in the next phases of the project, UIC will take part in the validation of the project's outcomes through the devlopment of a scenario involving a train derailment in a cross-border area.

Thales Research & Technology Netherlands/D-CIS Lab (TRT) is part of Thales Nederland B.V. which in turn is a subsidiary of the Thales Group. TRT has been focusing on advanced solutions to information processing in contemporary situation assessment and decision making applications. In particular, TRT combines expertise on AI concepts, distributed processing and human cognitive performance. TRT maintains close collaboration with Thales business units, universities and user partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Such collaboration is supported by internal, national and international projects.
Role in the project: The leader of the Task 6.5 Dynamic Expert Integration Network (DEIN) and the Task 6.6 Scenario based inference.