Meet the Consortium

Consortium Overview

The Council of Coaches is being developed by an international, European consortium of 7 partners. The University of Twente is coordinating partner and plays a major role in the development of sensing and profiling components and the development of user interfaces. Roessingh Research and Development has strong connections to the project’s end-users and is providing their expertise in the area of user requirements, coaching content, knowledge bases, and evaluation. The Danish Board of Technology Foundation grounds the project in society and ensures that end-user’s needs are met, overseeing the project’s responsible research and innovation approach. The Sorbonne University provides the project’s required expertise in the area of virtual humans, bringing to life the virtual coaches of the project. The University of Dundee is in charge of the underlying dialogue management services and as such provides the core logic component. The Polytechnic University of Valencia‘s main role in the project is the integration of all developed services and components, being the glue that holds the council together. Finally, Innovation Sprint will ensure that the project delivers exploitable results, defining and safeguarding the project’s innovation management agenda.

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Consortium Members

The Netherlands University of Twente

The University of Twente (UT) is a young, entrepreneurial, technical research university. Over 3,200 scientists and professionals conduct pioneering research on nanotechnology, IT, biomedical technology, but also governance studies, psychology and geo-information / earth observation sciences. Research ultimately combines scientific excellence with a sharp eye for economic and societal impact: the UT is highly successful as business generator, with over 50 new spin-off companies annually.

Location: Enschede, the Netherlands
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The Netherlands Roessingh Research and Development

Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) is a research and development SME in the area of rehabilitation technology and telemedicine with strong formalized links to one of the largest rehabilitation Centres in the Netherlands (Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre) and the University of Twente. The mission of RRD is to carry out scientific research and contribute to its commercialization and implementation in clinical practice. RRD develops innovations in a multidisciplinary team and in close collaboration with all stakeholders (patients, informal and formal caregivers, academia, health care organisations and industry).

Location: Enschede, the Netherlands
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Denmark Danish Board of Technology Foundation

The DBT is the parliamentary technology assessment institution of Denmark. It is an independent, non-profit, common good, corporative foundation SME, committed to technology assessment and parliamentary advisory activities on science, technology and innovation foresight. The DBT is an expert in political deliberation and advice, interactive methodologies, involving trans-disciplinary research, stakeholder involvement, citizen participation and public communication. Especially in the domain of stakeholder and citizen consultation, connected to policy analysis, the DBT is at the forefront of praxis. The DBT’s methods toolbox includes: Online Engagement, Multi-Site Citizen and Expert Participation processes, Multi-stakeholder Participation and Co-development Methodologies.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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France Sorbonne University

The University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6) joined the consortium, but later merged into what is now know as “Sorbonne University”. With more than 30,000 students, 120 laboratories and 3,500 doctoral students in science and medicine, UPMC is one of the leading French universities. According to the 2013 Shangaï ranking, UPMC is the 1st French, 6th European and 37th university worldwide. UPMC has a wide experience of EU contracts and its European affairs office, that is in charge of the EU projects at UPMC, has managed so far 100 EU FP6 and 115 FP7 projects and more than 25 projects in H2020 from 2014, as coordinator or partner. UPMC has also adopted the European Charter for Researchers and the code of conduct for the recruitment of Researchers.

Location: Paris, France
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United Kingdom University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has nine academic Schools covering a variety of subject areas, and has been ranked top in Scotland for research in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. The University has around 11,000 students, 60 researchers in Computing, in the School of Science and Engineering and 500 scientists and clinicians in the School of Medicine.

Location: Dundee, United Kingdom
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Spain Polytechnic University of Valencia

UPVLC is a 45 years old institution adding up over 42.000 people, comprising 10 technical schools, 3 faculties and 2 higher polytechnic schools in three campuses, one in the city of Valencia and two externals. With a strong international experience in ICT technologies applied to different domains, UPVLC was awarded, in a joint initiative with the second university of the city and the CSIC (Spanish High Council for Scientific Research), the recognition as Campus of International Excellence in the competitive call of 2010 (VLC-CAMPUS). The main focus of this joint initiative is the generation of high quality scientific-technological production in health, ICT and sustainability.

Location: Valencia, Spain
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Belgium Innovation Sprint

Innovation Sprint Sprl (iSPRINT) is an SME that has been launched by innovation experts, offering bespoke services to companies and organizations that seek to pivot and add value to their products and services in the digital era. Innovation Sprint offers professional services by senior consultants with multidisciplinary skills for tailor-made solutions to satisfy demanding needs. The offering of the company includes insights & analytics services for several business sectors and lean startup practices for the provision of actionable data to facilitate innovation management. The company partners are serial entrepreneurs with experience in M&A and access to venture capitalists and private equity investors.

Location: Brussels, Belgium
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