Established in 1894 the University has a strong competence in mechatronics, electric and electronic engineering, mobile communications, and nanoengineering. In accordance with the CHE-Ranking of the German universities in 2013, TUIL holds rank No. 1 in Mechatronics and No. 3 in Information technologies and Mechanical Engineering. Automotive Engineering Group and the Thuringian Center of Innovation in Mobility (ThIMO) is the host of the network activities at TU Ilmenau. ThIMO unites 30 professors and 250 scientists and carries out industrial and public funded research in electric vehicles, intelligent transport systems, powertrains, and automotive lightweight design.
The Virtual Vehicle Competence Center (ViF) was founded in 2002. Since 2008 ViF has been a holding company of the Austrian COMET K2 research program K2-Mobility – Sustainable Vehicle Technologies – an international institution building the bridge between fundamental research and application-oriented vehicle development. This program offers an attractive cooperation and research platform in the vehicle industry. There are more than 200 employees at ViF, almost 90 % of them involved in research projects dealing with automotive and rail applications.
Flanders’ DRIVE is the Flemish strategic research centre that develops competencies for the automotive industry with a focus on innovation in products and processes. Main industry-focus is vehicle related; both private and commercial vehicle, bus, trailers and off-road vehicle markets, including their subcontractors and service suppliers.
Since 2008, Flanders’ DRIVE has evolved from a knowledge network and test platform into a full and internationally recognised competency pool, serving the Flemish automotive industry through a wide range of activities. The needs and desires of the automotive industry itself have always been the starting point. From these needs, five focus-domains were identified: Lightweight Structures; Clean & Energy-Efficient Powertrains; Intelligent Driver & Traffic Systems; Intelligent Development Tools (covering Functional Safety); Advanced Manufacturing Processes. Besides the developed competencies in these domains, Flanders’ DRIVE can rely on specific high-tech infrastructure and a close collaboration with academic, cluster and industrial partners.
Coventry University is a forward-looking University recognised as a provider of high quality educa-tion and multidisciplinary research, which has an established presence regionally, nationally, and internationally with over 22,000 Students and 2,000 staff. Coventry University is focussed on its transport research agenda and to this end has organised its research objectives around Low Carbon Vehicles and smart green and sustainable transport. Coventry University integrates a wide range of expertise housed across the University Faculties and Schools (Engineering and Computing; Business, Environment and Society; Health and Life Sciences; Coventry School of Art and Design) in a true multi-disciplinary fashion.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, being the 6th European university in the 2008 Leiden bibliometric ranking, 4th in the competitive European Framework Programme for research FP6 (currently again top 5 in FP7 – final records are not yet available), is a charter member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and member of Vision2020: The Horizon Network. It has 41255 students and a staff of 9848, with 14 faculties covering all disciplines in humanities, life sciences, physical sciences & engineering and offering 171 master programmes. Applied research is supported by the well-experienced KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD), one of the most renowned technology transfer offices in Europe.
Established in 1973 as the first technological university in France, UTC introduce a new concept of the engineers formation in France, strongly based on three points : engineers formation, scientific research and industrial technology transfer. The international relations is a principal characteristic of UTC (with a campus in Shangai, and representations in many countries). It has recently received two excellence labels (LABEX and EQUIPEX) from the French government, with the projects MS2T (Control of Technological System of Systems) and Robotex. UTC has 3 CNRS laboratories: Mécanique Acoustique et Matériaux (Roberval) – UMR 7337; Heuristique et Diagnostic des Systèmes Complexes (Heudiasyc)-UMR 7253; BioMécanique et BioIngénierie (BMBI) – UMR 7338. The HEUDIASYC laboratory, where this project will be executed, with many CNRS researchers and UTC professors, develops a great part of its research at the theme : Automation, Embedded Systems and Robotics.
The University of Pavia, one of the oldest in Europe, was founded in 825 A.D, as a school of Law, Science and Medicine. Many renowned humanists and scientists studied and taught at the Alma Ticinensis Universitas, mathematicians such as Gerolamo Cardano, who discovered the Cardanic joint and the solution to cubic equations, Eugenio Beltrami, well known for non-Euclidean geometry, physicists such as Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, physiologists like Camillo Golgi, awarded the Nobel prize for neural networks, and many others. Nowadays, the multidisciplinary University of Pavia includes all disciplines, five campuses hosting about 25000 students and the largest Residence Hall system in Italy.
UTIA is a public research institution, which administratively falls under the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. UTIA conducts fundamental and applied research in: computer science, adaptive systems, artificial intelligence, stochastic informatics, signal/image processing, pattern recognition, system science, control theory, and econometrics.
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool has a sustainable history of pioneering education and research and is a principal centre of excellence in many disciplines. It is one of the UK’s most inclusive universities and one of the UK’s top 20 research-led universities. The Institute for Risk & Uncertainty, founded in 2012, is a key research & training centre in the University with a distinct multi-disciplinary expertise.
Jaguar has a long tradition of creating sports cars which provide customers with comfort, refinement and an unrivalled driving experience. Land Rover is home to the world’s most famous SUVs and all terrain vehicles. Engineering for both brands is carried out by JLR at two engineering centres (Gaydon and Whitley). JLR employ 15,000, a number that swells to over 130,000 when including all the people in supply chain who work with the businesses. JLR is the UK’s largest automotive investor in environmental technology. JLR are already committed to spending £ 800m in environmental technologies and this will grow beyond £ 1 bn within the next few years.
AVL is the world’s largest privately owned company for development of powertrains (combustion engines, hybrid systems, electric drive) as well as simulation and test systems for passenger cars, trucks and marine engines. AVL has about 3000 employees in Graz (over 1300 graduated engineers) and a global network of 45 representations and affiliates resulting in total 6000 employees worldwide.
A large auto maker with long-term tradition focused on development and production of new personal cars. Few companies (only 4 in the world) can boast a hundred years of know-how and experience in car design and manufacture. In 1991, Škoda Auto ties onto the past and re-enters global markets under the wings of the VW Konzern. Years of research and constant progress led to production of unique automobiles that satisfy customers’ high aesthetical and technical requirements.
The first Volvo rolled off the production line back in 1927. Today, Volvo Car Group produces a premium range of cars, including sedans, wagons, sports wagons, cross country cars and SUVs. We are one of the world’s best-known and most respected car brands, with sales in around 100 countries. Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has been owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, production takes place in Sweden, Belgium, China and Malaysia.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: Energy efficiency, mobility and security. In the 2012 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 3.9 billion with close to 26,700 employees worldwide.
Infineon has long years of experience in semiconductor solutions for automotive and industrial applications and develops, manufactures and markets innovative semiconductor products and complete SoC solutions. Infineon is market leader in automotive semiconductors (sensors, power semiconductors and microcontrollers) in Europe and on place #2 worldwide. The main involved division of Infineon within 3CCAR is the Automo-tive Sensor business unit, in cooperation with the Power Management & Multimarket Division and the corre-sponding front end and back end technology providers from the operational organization.
IPG Automotive was founded in 1984 as a spin-off of Karlsruhe University and presents now a team of vehicle dynamics and IT specialists as well as electronic and test bench experts. IPG develops innovative solutions for virtual test driving and test systems and is working. The customers of IPG are more than 70 automotive OEMs, suppliers and service providers as well as numerous research institutes and universities.
TU Delft is a national university conducting cutting-edge research and providing first-class education. With 19,000 students and academic staff of 3,300, TU Delft is the largest, and oldest, technical university in The Netherlands. The University’s yearly research results in about 320 PhD theses and over 7,000 journals publications. TU Delft is ranked at the 32nd place worldwide by the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in the field of Engineering and Technology. This places TU Delft 1st Technical University in the Netherlands, and 7th in Europe.