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To achieve the goals of the project, a Consortium with a well‐recognized background and specific competence has been put together. The Consortium was constructed by taking into account that cooperation is crucial and that all partners must have a strong interest and motivation in carrying out the activities of the project, as well as a clear role that leads to sound and exploitable results.

Also from a geographic view point, the e‐POLICY consortium is well balanced and representative of 5 different European countries: Italy, Ireland, Germany, UK and Portugal.


Advisory and Dissemination Board - ADB

 The main roles of the ADB are:

  • advise on the project activities
  • discuss the consistency of project activities with stakeholder positions and expectations
  • ensure that project results are directly usable to respond to the policy issue addressed and to social needs
  • serve as first dissemination policy 
 The members are:

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna UNIBO

Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with more than 100.000 enrolled students, 23 faculties, 69 departments, 3000 academics and 3000 administrative staff.
UNIBO successfully participated in FP6 with a total of 114 projects (acting as coordinator in 14 of them) funded by the European Commission in the different specific programmes, 27 of these projects were in the Thematic Priority "Information Society Technologies". In FP7 the University of Bologna is currently involved in more than 140 funded projects (in 20 as coordinator), 30 of them in the ICT theme (including also then ICT JTIs ARTEMIS and ENIAC and the Joint Programme AAL). The research group of the University of Bologna that participates in the present proposal involves people from the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS).
DEIS is a research‐led institute employing about 70 professors, 40 research associates, 90 doctorate students, 40 graduated research assistants, and several visiting researchers. The Department expertise spans the whole range of electronics, communications, computer science, biomedical engineering and operations research. The DEIS research groups that will be involved in e‐POLICY is the Artificial Intelligence and Optimization Group that is internationally recognized as a pioneer and expert in the field of hybrid optimization algorithms with specific emphasis on the application side such as embedded system design, allocation and scheduling and sustainable development.

UNIBO will act as the e‐POLICY project coordinator, ensuring the fulfilment of all the scientific and administrative tasks (WP1). Moreover, UNIBO will lead WP3 devoted to the reasoning methodologies on policy models and WP8 whose objective is system integration, evaluation and assessment.


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University College Cork UCC

Constraint Computation Centre (4C), within the University College Cork, is one of the leading academic centres of constraint programming research in the world, and a major centre of research in Artificial Intelligence. The centre has about 50 staff members, including academics, research staff and students, from over a dozen countries and collaborates with researchers from many countries. 4C has been remarkably successful academically, with, for example, best papers at the International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) 2007, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS) 2007, the European Conference on Case‐Based Reasoning (ECCBR) 2006, Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP) 2005, and other distinguished papers at CP 2009, the SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI‐2008 and AI‐2006), the European Conference on AI (ECAI) 2008 and INCOM 2006; it had also had considerable success in collaborating with industry, with diverse projects (e.g., in telecommunications, manufacturing, forestry, energy management, building optimisation and restaurant management) and diverse industrial partners, from multi‐nationals to small local companies.

UCC will lead WP5 on game theory interaction between the global and the individual. UCC will also play a minor role in the other WPs, but is fully involved throughout the work‐programme.


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The University of Surrey SURREY

The University of Surrey is a research‐focused University founded in 1967 with a mission that emphasizes professional and applied research. It has strong research groups in engineering (especially space science and communications), environmental science (especially life cycle analysis) and the social sciences. It owns and manages a very successful science park adjacent to the campus and derives substantial income from industrial collaborations. In proportion to its size, it has the third greatest proportion of its income from research grants and contracts of all the British Universities. The group that will be contributing to this project is from the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS). Professor Nigel Gilbert is Director of the Centre. The centre is involved in a number of research projects applying simulation to policy concerned with the governance of science, web‐based social networks, and basic research on modelling the evolution of social structure.

SURREY will lead WP4 on Policy Simulation and Data Collection


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Porto Instituto De Engenharia De Sistemas E Computadores Do Porto INESC

INESC Porto – the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto is a private non‐profit association, recognized as Public Interest Institution, which has been appointed as Associated Laboratory to the MCTES (Science, Technology and High Education Ministry). It was created in December 1998, and its founding associates were INESC, the University of Porto and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. In June 2006, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and the Polytechnical Institute of Porto also became INESC Porto’s associates. The main activities of INESC Porto are Scientific Research and Technological Development, Consulting and Advanced Training as well as Technology Transfer and the launching of new Technology‐Based Companies. Currently, INESC Porto has around 300 people, distributed almost equally among University researchers (around 90 PhD), contracted researchers, technical/administrative staff, grant holders and trainees.
INESC Porto is a research institution working in the interface between the academic world and industrial service companies as well as public administration in the areas of Information Technologies, Telecommunication and Electronics. An essential condition to successfully pursue INESC Porto’s mission is the careful selection of its activity areas in a way as to achieve a degree of concentration and excellence that enables a consistent strategic positioning as well as the generation of critical masses. At the same time, it seeks to act according to criteria of innovation, internationalisation and impact in economy and society through the establishment of a set of strategic partnerships that guarantee its institutional stability and economic sustainability. Its dynamic and innovative organization is based on criteria of efficacy and efficiency, always aiming towards a proper valorisation of the R&D activity, namely through the promotion of technology‐based entrepreneurship initiatives. At the same time, INESC Porto maintains its academic component, investing in a close relationship with U.Porto, FEUP and FCUP as well as IPP, valuing R&D and advanced training activities, hosting the development of a great number of MSc and PhD theses and always trying to be a source of innovation and dynamism for the country’s progress and development.

INESCP will lead in WP6, concerned with opinion mining. It will collaborate in WP2, and it will work together with the other groups in the data integration tasks.


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Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research FRAUNHOFER IGD

Fraunhofer IGD is one of 60 research institutes of the Fraunhofer Society in Germany. Fraunhofer IGD does applied research with the aim of further developing the technology of computer graphics and of making the results of the new technology available for applications. Through the transfer of knowledge from research to practical applications the Fraunhofer IGD contributes to the technological furtherance of European trade and industry. Fraunhofer IGD focuses on the development of product prototypes (hard‐ and software) and the realisation of concepts, models, and solutions for computer graphics and its adaptation to specific application requirements. The R&D projects are directly related to current problems in industry, trade, traffic, and service. For the implementation of these projects the departments of IGD have developed excellent competencies in Computer Graphics and its applications.

Fraunhofer IGD will be responsible for the development of visual analytics components that enable the visual‐interactive access to decision‐centred information. It is leading WP7 which addresses these tasks.


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Regione Emilia Romagna RER

Emilia‐Romagna, one out of the 20 Regions in which the Italian territory is subdivided under the administrative aspect, should be considered within the 15 macro sub‐regions of the European Union where the higher economic development levels are recognised. Since many years local Administrations have shown a specific attention towards the Sustainable Development policies and the related energetic systems, more and more considered as a priority aspects for Institutions and Organisations at both international and national level.
Specific reference can be addressed to the “Frame Regional Law for Energy” (Law n. 26, Dec. 2004) and to the Regional Energy Plan (REP), recently approved for the implementation of the Frame Regional Law. Both these measures offer the background on which guide lines and development lines for a new energy policy are properly defined and put into effect. Moreover, The Region has a well established role in developing policies in support to Information Society. Since 2002, the Region set up its own Regional ICT Plan, which is the main planning tool of Emilia‐Romagna Region and more generally speaking of local administrations within the regional territory, with the aim to fostering the territorial development of information society. The programme is a concrete contribution to the fulfilling of objectives established by the Lisbon Agenda, intending to make of the European Union the most competitive and dynamic economy of the world, through the development of the information society.

The RER will coordinate WP2 on the definition of the regional planning domain and will be involved in WP9 for defining the Regional Energy Plan. Data on the new Regional Energy Plan, and information on the decision process, and on e‐participation will be essential for the project validation and assessment


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PPA Energy is an Energy and Management Consultancy company specialising in the provision of advice to public and private sector clients in the electricity sector. PPA Energy expertise and experience is concentrated in: Markets, Sustainability, Business Planning, Change Management, Resource Planning , Innovation.
PPA Energy was founded as Power Planning Associates Ltd. in 1997. The Company has since built up an enviable track record for advising governments, international agencies and blue chip private clients, working in over 70 countries around the world. Activities: financial or technical due diligence of energy projects, advice on market incentives (e.g. renewable energy obligations), analysis and development of sustainable energy systems, advice on Clean Development Mechanism, carbon footprint etc., strategy advice on development of Future Networks, creation of academic and industrial partnerships, technology evaluation, scoping and ongoing management of research and development projects, including assistance with funding applications, advice on market entry – economics, barriers etc.

PPA Energy’s main role will be in the work package on Dissemination and exploitation, WP10.
Dissemination would be to:
1) The scientific community,
2) Municipal and governmental organisations,
3) The European Commission and relevant national policy making organisations and departments.
PPA Energy would assist UNIBO in arranging events, publications and in development of web content to support them in these activities. Moving from the dissemination phase to exploitation, PPA Energy is well placed to understand:
1) how a project of this type can be commercialised and packaged;
2) what the addressable market might be and who would buy the product (consultants. Public bodies, project developers others?;
3) How the product might need to be adapted to different national contexts;
4) How a development roadmap can be put in place so that the product evolves to stay current in alignment with evolving legislation at EU level and national level.


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ASTER is a Consortium between the Emilia-Romagna Universities, the CNR – National Council of Research-, the Emilia-Romagna Region, and the industrial associations, which was established with the aim of supporting, coordinating and promoting the network (HTN – High Technology Network) of industrial research laboratories. The HTN, involving more than 500 young researchers and about 1000 researchers, has been organized in 6 Thematic Platforms, among which one is dedicated to ICT-Information and Communication Technologies and one to Energy and Environment. ASTER main objectives are to promote technological innovation in industry, creating links between researchers and enterprises and identifying the great frontiers of science which will influence future economy and on which business and research can work and invest together. The ASTER main services for the Network consists of: marketing of the research results, development of technological scenarios, fund raising (ASTER is member of APRE- the National Contact Point), training of researchers on ‘how to become an industrial researcher’ and ‘how to communicate research results’, assistance to researchers in technology transfer projects and creation of NTBF (new technology based firms), organisation of a series of seminars (about 3 every year) on Intellectual Property Rights called ‘Ask the expert’, coordination of Product Integration teams, involving research competencies and industry.

ASTER's main role in e-POLICY is the leading of WP9 on demonstration. In addition, ASTER will  support Emilia Romagna Region in e-participation activities and will be involved in dissemination of project progress and achievement targeted to industry world, specifically disseminating e-POLICY results and tools to the enterprises in the Regional Energy and Environment thematic platform.


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Università degli Studi di Ferrara UNIFE

The Università degli Studi di Ferrara was founded in 1391 and is one of the oldest universities in Italy. Today it has more than 15000 enrolled students, 19 departments, 8 faculties awarding more than 60 degrees.
The research group of the University of Ferrara that participates in the present proposal involves people from the Dipartimento di Ingegneria of the Università di Ferrara (ENDIF – Engineering Department In Ferrara) ENDIF was founded in 1996 and carries out research in the areas of Civil, Industrial and Information Engineering. The department is composed of sixty faculty (full and associate professors and researchers), seven technicians and about one hundred PhD students, post‐docs and other collaborators. The research activities are developed both with public financing and in cooperation with private enterprises.
The Artificial Intelligence group of ENDIF will be involved in the project. The group has a strong history of research in machine learning, optimization, knowledge‐based systems, business process management and computer vision.

UNIFE will contribute to WP3 on Global policy modelling with its skills in multi‐criteria optimization and decision support. Moreover, it will contribute to WP6 on Opinion mining on e‐participation data by leveraging its experience in statistical machine learning.


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