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The ASPIRE consortium is a well-balanced, high profile consortium consisting of leading industrial companies as well as leading research groups. It consists of three industrial companies who are world leaders in their specific markets, one research institute, and three universities. The consortium members can boost national, as well as international recognition for contributing to the development of trustworthy services; they are reputed partners in security technologies. The members have been selected to cover all the fields of expertise needed in this project.

Ghent University was founded in 1817, and after decades of uninterrupted growth, it is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University offers high-quality, research-based education in all academic disciplines. Today, Ghent University attracts over 34,000 students, with a foreign student population of over 1,100 EU citizens and some 1,000 students from non-EU countries. Excluding the Ghent University Hospital, the university employs 6800 staff members, including 912 professors. Its research budget for 2011 was €230M. The Computer Systems Lab (CSL) of UGent's engineering faculty will participate in this project. The lab (56 researchers, incl. 8 faculty) is part of the Electronics and Information Systems Department.

  • Bjorn De Sutter

    Principal Investigator
    Bjorn De Sutter

    Key People
    Koen De Bosschere
    Jonas Maebe
    Bart Coppens
    Jens Van den Broeck
    Sander Bogaert


Fondazione Bruno Kessler, is a private non-profit research centre working for the public interest. Established by the government of Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy), FBK conducts research in the areas of Information Technology, Materials and Microsystems, Mathematics, Italo-Germanic Historical Studies and Religious Sciences.
The 50-year-old FBK has an annual balance of 111M Euro and an annual turnover of 45M Euro (da-ta of 2011). FBK employs 350 researchers, graduates, post-doc students, and visiting professors. FBK is organized in 6 research centres, 7 laboratories, 3 specialised libraries open to external visi-tors, and a number of field projects active across the Province’s territory. FBK has generated 14 spin-offs, start-ups and joint ventures.
The Software Engineering (SE) research unit investigates innovative methods and techniques for the development, the comprehension and the evolution of software having, among the others, the following quality attributes: adaptability, modularity, understandability, modifiability and reliabil-ity. The team consists of around 14 researchers.

  • Mariano Ceccato

    Principal Investigator
    Mariano Ceccato

    Key People
    Paolo Tonella
    Roberto Tiella
    Andrea Avanani

Gemalto is a world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2.0 billion and over 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centres in 41 countries. Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. Its activities range from the development of software applications through the design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports and tokens, to the deployment of managed services for customers.


  • Jerome D'Annoville

    Principal Investigator
    Jerome D'Annoville

    Key People
    Jean-Daniel Aussel
    Côme Berbain
    Philippe Smadja

Nagravision, a Kudelski Group company based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, is a world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content with a group-wide 2011 annual revenue of 1 billion CHF, 3000 employees operating from 26 offices worldwide. Nagra is a leading supplier of open conditional access systems, DRM and integrated on-demand solutions for content providers and digital TV operators over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms. Its technologies are currently deployed by 120+ leading Pay-TV operators worldwide securing content delivered to over 101M active smart cards and devices.

  • Brecht Wyseur

    Principal Investigator
    Brecht Wyseur

    Key People
    André Nicoulin


POLITO is one of the major technical universities in Italy, fully devoted to engineering and architecture edu-cation, with about 30,000 students at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels. POLITO is a research uni-versity, with nearly 60% of its budget coming from research contracts. Within POLITO the project activities will be carried out by researchers of DAUIN (the Dept. of Computer and Control Engineering) through its TORSEC security research group.

  • Antonio Lioy

    Principal Investigator
    Antonio Lioy

    Key People
    Cataldo Basile
    Daniele Canavese
    Rachid Ouchary

SFNT Europe GmbH, a SafeNet group company based in Munich, develops world leading hardware based software copy protection products. The overall group’s revenue in 2012 was $454M. Today close to 50M copy protection tokens of SafeNet are protecting software of more than 30000 software vendors. The HASP SRM system is allowing ISVs to flexibly manage licenses for their products; let them individually decide what kind of protection should be used and enable them to protect their software against reverse engineering. No matter if the software is deployed on premise or in the cloud.

  • Michael Zunke

    Principal Investigator
    Michael Zunke

    Key People
    Martin Liepert
    Andreas Lange
    Werner Dondl
    Andreas Weber

The University of East London (UEL) is recognised as one of the UK’s leading modern universities, and our researchers are engaged in work of national and international importance across a wide range of disciplines. The university has over 1350 teaching and support staff and over 20 000 students. The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) has contributed with its expertise in international forums such as the NATO and the IFIP. The ACE School has an Industrial Liaison Board that fosters strong links with researchers and industrialists from BT, Ford, Smiths Aerospace, NHS and the information security & computer games industries. ACE has secured funding and participated in a number of security related projects, such as Secure Tropos (UK funded), RADICAL (IST), InterFACES (UK Funded) and PANDORA (FP7).

  • Paolo Falcarin

    Principal Investigator
    Paolo Falcarin

    Key People
    Shareeful Islam
    Christophe Tartary