A robust multidisciplinary collaboration in the SYNERGISE project aims for comprehensive and effective outcomes, enhancing first responders' capabilities

Consortium

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The SYNERGISE consortium members have been carefully selected to cover all the required research and development areas of the project in a well-balanced way, utilising their expertise and prior collaborations to match the project’s objectives successfully. The partnership structure is based on excellence, complementarity, trans-nationality and multidisciplinary. SYNERGISE brings together a truly international constellation of partners, hence not only promoting international collaboration at various fronts but also embedding outstanding global know-how.

The SYNERGISE consortium comprises 18 partners from Europe, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States of America, uniting key experts in the field of Innovation and Technology Advancement, Research and Development and first responder organizations. 

Europe

North America

Asia

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief

Bonn, Germany

Södertörn Fire Brigade Association (SBFF)

The Södertörn Fire Brigade Association

Vårby, Sweden

Gezamenlijke Brandweer

Gezamenlijke Brandweer

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute

Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute

Józefów, Poland

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

Paleo Faliro, Greece

ASTRIAL

ASTRIAL GmbH

Berlin, Germany

Norwegian University of science and Technology (NTNU)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Gjøvik, Trondheim, Ålesund, Norway

Tohoku University

National University Corporation Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

SYSNAV

Sysnav

Vernon, France

TNO

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

The Hague, Netherlands

Informatics and Telematics Institute at CERTH

Informatics and Telematics Institute at CERTH

Thessaloniki, Greece

ETRI

ETRI

Daejeon, Korea

VIRNECT

VIRNECT

Seoul, Korea

ARTTIC Innovation GmbH

ARTTIC Innovation GmbH

Munich, Germany

Plus Ethics

Plus Ethics

Elche, Spain

R2 Network

R2 Network

New Hampshire, United States

Wearin’

Wearin’

Vaud, Switzerland

ETH Robotic lab

The Robotic System Lab at ETH Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Germany

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief

Partner type: End user

About

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), established in 1950, boasts a rich history of volunteer commitment. With over 86,000 well-trained volunteers nationwide, THW is a relief organization globally, holding roles in the United Nations and European Union.

Role in the project

The Project is coordinated by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief. THW also conducts field tests, mimicking disaster scenarios to enhance the novel toolkit’s development, focusing on improving it from the first responder’s perspective.  Members of its INSARAG certified team will be involved in preparing and implementing different tests during the project. It also leads the effort to ensure international collaboration, exchange about best practices with other EU funded projects and networking with relevant European organisations and policy makers. THW acts as a disseminator to crisis management organisations and the general public via participation in open events and educational sessions presenting the project and its results.

Team

Tiina Ristmäe

Tiina Ristmäe

Project Coordinator, Research Associate

German Federal Agency for Technical Relief

Frank Altenbrunn

Frank Altenbrunn

Head of the Research Unit

German Federal Agency for Technical Relief

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Address
Bonn, Germany

Sweden

The Södertörn Fire Brigade Association

Partner type: End user

About

The Södertörn Fire Brigade Association (SBFF), comprised of ten municipalities, is Sweden’s third-largest rescue service, dedicated to fire prevention and fire rescue. Their efforts include organizing trainings and events to disseminate information and updates to keep the communities informed. With 500 employees serving around 630,000 inhabitants, they work tirelessly to ensure a safer and more secure society.

Role in the project

In SYNERGISE, SBFF serves as a first responder represenative and play a crucial role, offering end-user feedback to shape the technology and its developmental process. SBFF will host the First Responders workshop and also a component field test.

Team

Leif Jonsson

Leif Jonsson

Senior Project Leader

Per Tillander

Per Tillander

Officer in charge /Regional Operations Manager/ Project Leader

Södertörn Fire Brigade Association (SBFF)

Address
Vårby, Sweden

Netherlands

Gezamenlijke Brandweer

Partner type: End user

About

Gezamenlijke Brandweer, known as the Joint Fire Department, is a partnership between the Municipality of Rotterdam and roughly sixty companies in the city’s port and industrial area. They provide firefighting and emergency services, with funding contributions from both member companies and the municipality. Additionally, they’ve taken on the responsibility of managing a company fire brigade on behalf of affiliated companies.

Role in the project

In the SYNERGISE project, GB serves as a first responder partner and contributes an invaluable end-user perspective by offering feedback on technology and its development. GB is the lead of the work package for System integration, testing and evaluation and knowledge capitalisation and it will be the host of the first system field test in which all tools are fully integrated and tested in realistic environment. It will provide its training grounds and test sites during the technology development process.

Team

Robbert Heinecke

Robbert Heinecke

Manager Innovation & Development

Maud Sterrenberg

Maud Sterrenberg

Information Officer

Tess Misskimming

Tess Misskimming

Information Officer

Gezamenlijke Brandweer

Address
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Poland

Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute

Partner type: End user

About

​The Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection (CNBOP) a national fire research institute, with the mission to ensure the country’s security in the field of fire protection, crisis management as well as civil protection and civil defence. CNBOP will contribute specialists from various units, including project managers, technical experts, and professional firefighters from State Fire Services.

Role in the project

CNBOP serves as a first responder partner. Their expertise plays a vital role in supporting the technical development of the SYNERGISE tool at multiple levels, ensuring the project’s success. CNBOP will host a component field test in which individual technologies will be tested in a realistic environment.

Team

Maciej Zawistowski

Maciej Zawistowski

Senior engineering and technical specialist

Dr. Jacek Zboina

Dr. Jacek Zboina

Deputy Director for Certification and Admittance

Tomasz Kołodziejczyk

Tomasz Kołodziejczyk

Researcher/ End-User

Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection – National Research Institute

Address
Józefów, Poland

Greece

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

Partner type: End user

About

​Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica is a union of citizens and a community centre, consisted entirely of volunteers that wish to offer their time, expertise, knowledge and personal effort in assisting fellow citizens in case of an emergency. It is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates mostly for Search and Rescue (SaR) in three main fields: Wilderness (mountains, forests, non -urban areas), Water (open sea, coastline, rivers, lakes, floods) and Urban (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis). For each field of operations there is a corresponding element of highly trained individuals, ranging from level-1 support members to level-4 fully operational members, all acting as a team and tailored to each specific operation at hand.

HRTA is consists of several divisions: The Wilderness SaR division, the Water SaR division is responsible for operations in the open sea, in inland lakes, rivers and floods, the Urban SaR provides the location, extraction and initial medical stabilisation of victims trapped in confined spaces due to natural disasters, structural collapse, transportation accidents, collapsed trenches and mines. HRTA has developed a training program both theoretical and practical, based on the international accepted INSARAG and FEMA guidelines and manuals.

HRTA is registered with the General Secretariat Civil Protection (GSCP) of Greece. HRTA collaborates closely with EMAK (Fire Service Special Task Force responsible for SaR) and other Firefighting Services in common exercises, training and operations. Also, HRTA is actively involved in the JRCC (Greek maritime Search and Rescue) action plan.

Role in the project

HRTA serves as a first responder partner and acts as a domain expert in the fields of Wilderness, Water & Urban SaR operations for the consortium, providing insights and team-level viewpoint in terms of requirements, top-level specifications and safety procedures. It will also act as an integrated tester and operator, end-user and demonstrator of the new procedures and technologies that will be designed & developed during this project. Finally, it will act as a society-level disseminator for related SaR organisations and the general public in Greece via participation in open events and educational sessions presenting the project and its results.

Team

Dr. Harris Georgiou

Dr. Harris Georgiou

LEAR, Field Operating and Scientific Advisor

Nasia Andriopoulou

Nasia Andriopoulou

USAR First Responder & Financial Manager for EU research projects

Alexis Vlachopoulos

Alexis Vlachopoulos

Quality Officer

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

Address
Paleo Faliro, Greece

Germany

ASTRIAL GmbH

Partner type: Industry

About

​ASTRIAL GmbH is a leading provider of integrated Geospatial Command and Control (C2) and Situational Awareness (SA) solutions for Public Safety and Security applications for first and second responders (i.e., Search and Rescue teams, Fire brigade and Emergency Medical services, Civil Protection Agencies, Police and Coast/Border guard authorities) as well as for large Infrastructure owners and operators and Smart City stakeholders. With core technology built on open standards, ASTRIAL GmbH offers a wide range of mission critical enterprise solutions empowering governments and businesses around the world to make better and faster operational decisions.  Its product line includes C3I enterprise software packages that respond to different operational requirements of Public Safety and Security Agencies such as Operational Resources Tracking, Incident Management and Dispatch, Logistics and Assets Optimization, Physical Security Information Management and Natural &Technological Hazards Crisis Management. The common goal though, is to provide effective decision support, to simplify operations, to provide Situation Awareness (SA), a Common Operational Picture (COP) and collaboration tools across organizations, to collect and disseminate data in the field and to coordinate response units and system users. In addition, ASTRIAL GmbH is developing a wide range of auxiliary security, safety, and surveillance applications such as seismic and acoustic systems and UAV-enabled detection systems for structural health monitoring and rapid damage assessment, vibration monitoring, critical infrastructure perimeter protection as well as detection, classification and tracking of objects at land and at sea.

Role in the project

ASTRIAL is the Technical and Scientific Coordinator of the SYNERGISE project. It ensures that the technological development occurs in accordance with the functional requirements agreed with the first responders. It also plays the role of the Integration Manager, assesses the technological progress together with the technology developers, identifies the challenges and iterates the use cases and needs in dialogue with the end-users. It will also develop the Common Operational Picture (C3I/IMS) and Field/HQ Comms. Furthermore, it leads the work package for Multi-agency collaboration and Incident Management and Augmenting the Common Operational Picture. Also, it will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

Evangelos Sdongos

Evangelos Sdongos

Managing Director

Dr. Antonis Kostaridis

Dr. Antonis Kostaridis

CTO

Dr. Sabina Ziemian

Dr. Sabina Ziemian

Innovation & Business Development Manager

Joanna Meitz

Joanna Meitz

Innovation & Business Development Manager

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Software Developer / Research Engineer (Technical Team Lead)

Martin Oputa

Martin Oputa

Software Developer / Research Engineer

Dimitris Diagourtas

Dimitris Diagourtas

Chief Business Development

ASTRIAL

Address
Berlin, Germany

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Partner type: Research Institute

About

​Established in 1760,  the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the largest internationally oriented university with campuses in Trondheim, Gjøvik, and Ålesund. NTNU’s academic scope spans across various disciplines, encompassing science, technology, humanities, social and health sciences and economics.

Role in the project

In the SYNERGISE Project, NTNU provides their comprehensive experience and knowledge in research and development, particularly through its Autonomous Robot LAB (ARL), to contribute to the enhancement of the SYNERGISE tool. Furthermore, it leads the work package on advancing the environment representation and robot autonomy. Also, it will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

Kostas Alexis

Kostas Alexis

Project Management

Paolo De Petris

Paolo De Petris

Research and Development Specialist

Mihir Dharmadhikari

Mihir Dharmadhikari

Research and Development Specialist

Angelos Zacharia

Angelos Zacharia

Research and Development Specialist

Norwegian University of science and Technology (NTNU)

Address

Gjøvik, Trondheim, Ålesung, Norway

Japan

National University Corporation Tohoku University

Partner type: Academic organisation

About

​Tohoku University is a top-class national research university established 3rd in Japan having three core values of ‘research first’, ‘open-doors,’ and ‘practice-oriented research and education’. Founded in 1907, Tohoku University is Japan’s third national university and consistently ranks among the top 5 in the country.  Tadokoro Laboratory researches into rescue robotics for response, recovery and prevention of disaster for 25 years, and has a history of developing various rescue robots, leading major national projects on disaster robotics, and applying robots to disasters including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.. Partnered with the Touch Cyberphysical AI Research Center (TCPAI), they are at the forefront of AI development in Japan, renowned for their academic excellence.

Role in the project

In SYNERGISE, Tohoku pioneers research into a snake robot, SNAKE, integrated as a payload for the legged robot, ANYmal, to navigate tight spaces and gather vital information in order to pose significant risks for first responders. Also, it will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

AsP. Dr. Kenjiro Tadakuma

AsP. Dr. Kenjiro Tadakuma

Associate Professor

Tomoya Takahashi

Tomoya Takahashi

PhD Candidate

Tohoku University

Address
Sendai, Japan

France

Sysnav

Partner type: Industry

About

​SYSNAV, a  French company is specialized in the development of tracking sensors designed for GPS-denied environments, including buildings, underground areas, and urban settings. Their real-time 3D tracking devices have versatile applications, serving first responders, special forces, dismounted soldiers, and industrial workers, in addition to enhancing ground vehicle anti-collision measures and supporting autonomous driving.

Role in the project

In the SYNERGISE Project, SYSNAV plays a critical role in advancing and overseeing the development of wearable tracking devices, ensuring constant security and supervision for first responders. Also, it will actively present project results in relevant industry events.

Team

Pierre Boileau

Pierre Boileau

Program Manager

Jacques-Etienne Grandjean

Jacques-Etienne Grandjean

Head of Sales, Marketing & Business Development

SYSNAV

Address
The Hague, Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

Partner type: Research Institute

About

​TNO, an independent organization specializing in applied science, leverages its expertise to assist first responders in demanding environments through advanced technology like robots, remote sensors, and intelligent data analysis tools. Their primary focus is on enhancing the interaction between humans and advanced systems, using insights into human information processing, communication, and teamwork to optimize cooperation with AI systems.

Role in the project

In SYNERGISE, TNO develops the crucial Human Machine Teaming Framework that outlines the interaction between First Responders and various technological components based on ethical, legal, and societal implications. Also, it will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

Dr. Martijn van Emmerik

Dr. Martijn van Emmerik

Senior Project Manager

Prof. Mark Neerincx

Prof. Mark Neerincx

Principal Scientist

Ivana Akrum

Ivana Akrum

Scientist Innovator

TNO

Address
Munich, Germany

Greece

Informatics and Telematics Institute at CERTH

Partner type: Research Institute

About

​CERTH/ITI is a prominent Greek research institute specializing in information and communication technologies research and innovation. It is part of CERTH, a leading research organization in Greece. CERTH/ITI conducts cutting-edge research and collaborates with various stakeholders to advance knowledge and technology in ICT. It plays a vital role in driving innovation and contributing to the growth of the ICT sector in Greece and beyond, participating in numerous R&D projects since 1998, including the Disaster Resilient Society program.

Role in the project

In SYNERGISE, CERTH/ITI acts as a partner contributing to technical tasks. CERTH/ITI designs and develops an augmented reality framework to enhance human-robot interaction by controlling robots and improving information visualization. Furthermore, with regard to information management, they provide tools for aggregating and fusing information from multiple sources and offer decision support based on this information.

Team

Dr. Anastasios Dimou

Dr. Anastasios Dimou

Fellow Researcher

Kyriaki Christaki

Kyriaki Christaki

Researcher Associate

Panagiota Masa

Panagiota Masa

Researcher Associate

Spyridon  Kintzios

Spyridon Kintzios

Senior Research Associate

Informatics and Telematics Institute at CERTH

Address
Thessaloniki, Greece

Korea

ETRI

Partner type: Research Institute

About

Established in 1976 and funded by the Korean government, ETRI is the nation’s largest research institute dedicated to information and communication technology. ETRI’s commitment to pioneering communication technologies has contributed to South Korea’s leadership in the global ICT industry. Their research and innovations have helped shape the landscape of modern communication technologies and have far-reaching implications for various industries and society as a whole.

Role in the project

​Based on the above R&D experiences, ETRI aims to develop core technologies that can be applied to emergency communication environments such as fire of large buildings or complex, large scale traffic accidents, and chemical leakage accidents of factories, etc.. The core technology includes but is not limited to auto configurable emergency networking technology including a federation of standalone network (e.g., private 5G) with public networks and smart glasses communication service applied to VR/AR/MR/XR (eXtreme Reality)/TR (Trusted Reality)/Metaverse. Also, it will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

Dr. Joon Kyung Lee

Dr. Joon Kyung Lee

Principal Researcher

Dr. Maia KIM

Dr. Maia KIM

Principal Researcher

Dr. Taesang Choi

Dr. Taesang Choi

Principal Researcher

ETRI

Address
Daejeon, Korea

Korea

VIRNECT

Partner type: Industry

About

​VIRNECT, a pioneer in eXtended Reality (XR) solutions, is a proud member of @XR Associates and part of the @KT Metaverse One Team, while also serving as consultants within the @SKT Digital Alliance, with a steadfast commitment to fostering digital innovation.

Role in the project

VIRNECT presents an extensive expertise, positioning them as a crucial partner in the SYNERGISE project, where their role involves creating a digital representation of the environment on smart glasses, ensuring clear guidance through potentially dangerous and challenging areas, thereby elevating overall situational awareness and safety. Additionally, they provide augmented reality services which help gain access to centralized know-how and real-time data to assist in the understanding of the site. It will address the challenges related to multi-party collaboration and AR visualization in environments with low speeds or limited connectivity and link sensor data to the visualization system. By optimizing these two areas based on VIRNECT’s Remote (AR remote collaboration platform) and VIRNECT View (AR visualization software) in connection to the AR smart glasses it is expected that first responders can give first responders a robust and reliable solution that gives them the clarity and information they need instantly to save lives untethered from their current limitations.

Team

Taejin Park

Taejin Park

Head of Global Business and Tead Leader

Jung Bang Lee

Jung Bang Lee

AI Manager and AI Developer Lead

Yongsik Lee

Yongsik Lee

Project Manager

VIRNECT

Address
Seoul, Korea

Germany

ARTTIC Innovation GmbH

About

ARTTIC Innovation GmbH, AI, a company of the PNO Consultants Group, the European leader in collaboration engineering, consultancy and management services for international research and technology related partnerships. The team at AI has been built since 2006 and has set up and managed numerous projects in EU funding programmes. Currently, AI is collaborating with multi-national consortia in more than 28 EU funded projects. ARTTIC Innovation GmbH builds and assists collaborative undertakings and in particular European research consortia and networks from all businesses and research sectors, small and large, private and public, to ensure their collaborative innovation ventures are as successful as possible. The service offer of ARTTIC Innovation GmbH comprises provision of hands-on support, strategic consulting, and added value services all along the innovation life cycle: from the definition of a project idea and concept, the identification of a suitable funding scheme and the proposal development, to the management of the project and the dissemination and exploitation of the project results. The company is successfully supporting several projects in the areas such as Security, Energy, Aeronautics, Life Sciences and Health in project management, dissemination and communication, exploitation and knowledge management. AI provides proven methods and tools dedicated to the successful implementation of (collaborative) research and innovation projects. AI represents a team of more than 30 professionals in Germany (Munich and Berlin). It is drawn from a broad industrial and academic base and forms a truly multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team with a wealth of experience. AI’s staff is specialized and highly skilled for managing and providing innovation services to collaborative research and innovation projects.

Role in the project

​In SYNERGISE, ARTTIC supports the consortium in the daily management and administrative tasks to ensure the collaboration is working efficiently, the project is properly monitored and decisions and actions are prepared and taken according to the project progress.

Furthermore, ARTTIC is the WP leader developing a Dissemination and Communication Strategy, supporting the consortium with the coordination and practical execution of dissemination and communication tasks (including the production of the appropriate dissemination support material and communication channels, such as the public website.

Team

Amrita Choudhary

Amrita Choudhary

Consultant

Dr. Melanie Carevic-Neri

Dr. Melanie Carevic-Neri

Consultant

ARTTIC Innovation GmbH

Address
Munich, Germany

Spain

Plus Ethics

Partner type: Research Institute

About

​Plus Ethics, established in 2018 as a private spin-off from Spain’s Miguel Hernández University of Elche, plays a crucial role in assisting European R&D and research initiatives. Their expertise in addressing complex ethical, privacy, and legal challenges in the digital domain ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Role in the project

In the SYNERGISE project, Plus Ethics leads the task on Social, Ethical, Legal, Privacy and Inclusiveness, Risk Monitoring and therefore are responsible to provide valuable insights into social, ethical, legal, and privacy matters.

Flavia Roteda Ruffino

Flavia Roteda Ruffino

Legal and Project Manager

Dr. Francisco J. Castro-Toledo

Dr. Francisco J. Castro-Toledo

Co-founder, CEO & Chief Project Manager

Alejandro Nicolás Sánchez

Alejandro Nicolás Sánchez

Researcher

Plus Ethics

Address
Elche, Spain

United States

R2 Network

Partner type: Networking platform

About

The R2 Network is a self-sustaining platform that unites the public safety community to empower first responders and address disaster response challenges with transformative technologies. Created by industry experts, it offers a strategic nationwide network for innovation, funding resources, and collaboration among first responders and innovators in the public safety sector.

Role in the project

In the SYNERGISE project, The R2 Network assists in making the innovations developed accessible to first responders by providing commercialization resources to overcome deployment challenges such as funding and procurement. Also, it will actively present project results in relevant industry events.

Team

Bryce Stirton

Bryce Stirton

Director

R2 Network

Address

New Hampshire, United States

Switzerland

Wearin’

Partner type: Industry

About

Wearin’ is part of the Swiss-based technology group Conextivity, a world leader in physical connectivity for demanding environments. Wearin’ has a strong expertise in the IoT field, its mission is to improve the safety and coordination of first responders by providing meaningful insights in real time. Powered by AI, the IoT platform developed by Wearin’ enables immediate action in the event of a crisis, while generating predictive analysis capable of preventing future risks.

Role in the project

​Wearin’s role in SYNERGISE encompasses monitoring first responders’ vital signs and developing personalized AI biometric algorithms, along with identifying potential risks to first responders from environmental conditions, primarily utilizing gas sensors.

Team

Dr. Marine Bouduban

Dr. Marine Bouduban

Product Manager

Carolina Perez

Carolina Perez

Product Designer

Caroline Osti

Caroline Osti

Marketing & Legal Team Lead

Lien Pham

Lien Pham

Director of Business Development

Wearin’

Address
Vaud, Switzerland

Switzerland

The Robotic Systems Lab at ETH Zürich

Partner type: Academic Organisation

About

The Robotic Systems Lab at ETH Zürich specializes in developing highly capable robots for operation in challenging environments, with a strong focus on legged robots. Their research involves creating innovative actuation methods, versatile designs, and advanced control algorithms inspired by human and animal locomotion to enhance the skills and autonomy of complex robotic systems for real-world applications.

Role in the project

The Robotics Systems Lab’s goal in this project is to deploy ANYmal, their quadrupedal robot, in hazardous environments alongside first responders. ANYmal’s agile mobility allows it to navigate through challenging areas and obstacles that might be inaccessible to other robots. It will also serve as the primary platform for a group of other robots and is equipped with an arm for manipulation tasks such as opening doors and closing valves. Also, ETH will actively publish the project results in high impact journals and present project results in relevant scientific conferences.

Team

Dr. Andrei Cramariuc

Dr. Andrei Cramariuc

Postdoctoral Researcher

Francesca Bray

Francesca Bray

PhD Student

ETH Zürich

Address
Zurich, Switzerland