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Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
The Alexandra Institute
Åbogade 34, 8200, Aarhus (Denmark)
The mission of Alexandra is to help private and public companies to develop new ICT-based products and services based on the newest ICT-research and technology.
Alexandra is a Danish Research- and Technolology Organisation (RTO) - in Danish GTS – Advanced Technology Group is a network consisting of independent Danish research and technology organisations.
A GTS-institute is approved as technological service provider by the Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science.
Alexandra has participated in a number of Danish national and regional initiatives in order to assist companies with digitization. Here we describe some of the current initiatives where Alexandra participates.
Alexandra has assisted many companies with digitization since 1999 -- many of these are presented as Cases at www.alexandra.dk.
When collaborating with Alexandra, companies get acces to the newest research and technology within ICT and in this way they get ahead of the competition.
Alexandra Instituttets mission er at hjælpe private og offentlige virksomheder med at udvikle nye it-baserede produkter og services baseret på den nyeste it-forskning og teknologi.
Alexandra er et Godkendt Teknologisk Service Institut (GTS) og medlem af GTS-net.
Et GTS-institut er godkendt som en teknologisk serviceudbyder af ministren for uddanelse og forskning.
Alexandra har deltaget i en række danske nationale og regional initiativer der har til formål at hjælpe virksomhederne med digitalisering. Here bbeskrives nogle af de initiativer som Alexandra pt. deltager i.
Alexandra har siden 1999 hjulpet en lang række virksomheder med digitalisering - en stor del af disse er beskrevt under Cases på www.alexandra.dk
Ved at samarbejde med Alexandra får virksomhederne adgang til den nyeste forskning og teknologi inden for IKT og får på den måde et forspring i forhold til konkurrenterne.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
Alexandra is one of 7 danish Reserach- and Technology Organizations (RTO) - in Danish Godkendt Teknologiks Service GTS-net: https://gts-net.dk/ partial funded by the Danish Government
Alexandra is partner and mangaer of DABAI -- Public-private partnership to boost the exploitation of big data: DABAI.dk
Alexandra is partner in MADE - Manufacturing Academy of Denmark: www.made.dk
DABAI and MADE are partially funded by Innovation Fund Denmark
Alexandra is partner and co-operator of INFINIT - network for innovative utilization of IT, a National Danish Network/cluser for ICT partially funded by the Danish Government.
Alexandra is operator on Innovatiove Use of BiG Data - a regional initiative funded by EU Regional Funding and Central Denmark Region
Alexandra has participated in a number of projects funded by the EU includinhg thje following ones:
- PALCOM -- Palpable Computing, a new perspective on Ambient Computing (ID: 002057, FP6-IST)
- SmartSantander (ID: 257992, FP7-ICT)
- AIRFIELD MONITOR - Safer Monitoring of Runway Conditions (ID: 262401, FP7-SME)
- OUTSMART - Provisioning of urban/regional smart services and business models enabled by the Future Internet (ID: 285038, FP7-ICT)
- ABC4Trust - Attribute-based Credentials for Trust (ID: 257782, FP7-ICT)
- URB-Grade - URB-Grade: Decision Support Tool for Retrofitting a District, Towards the District as a Service (ID: 600058, FP7-ICT)
- ALMANAC: Reliable Smart Secure Internet Of Things For Smart Cities (ID: 609081, FP7-ICT)
- IoT Lab (ID: 610477, FP7-ICT)
- Researching crowdsourcing to extend IoT testbed infrastructure for multidisciplinary experiments, with more end-user interactions, flexibility, scalability, cost efficiency and societal added value
- CityPulse - Real-Time IoT Stream Processing and Large-scale Data Analytics for Smart City Applications (ID: 609035,FP7-ICT)
- Efenis - Efficient Energy Integrated Solutions for Manufacturing Industries (ID: 296003, FP7-ENERGY)
- PRACTICE: Privacy-Preserving Computation in the Cloud (ID: 609611, FP7-ICT)
- OrganiCity - OrganiCity – Co-creating smart cities of the future (ID: 645198, H2020-EU.18.104.22.168.)
- SODA . Scalable Oblivious Data Analytics (ID: 731583, H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP )-
- SynchroniCity: Delivering an IoT enabled Digital Single Market for Europe and Beyond (ID: 732240, H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP )
- OLYMPUS - Oblivious identitY Management for Private and User-friendly Services (ID: 786725, H2020-EU.3.7.6)
Market and Services
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Transport, storage and communication
- Public administration and defence
- Health and social work
- Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Incubator/accelerator support
Danish Center for Big Data Analytics-driven Innovation
Innovation Fund Denmark has launched a new community partnership to help Denmark take a leading role in using big data to address business and societal challenges. The partnership is the first of its kind and combines strong computer science capacities with companies and public authorities.
The Alexandra Institute is responsible for the project management. In addition, the cooperation consists of:
•University of Copenhagen
•Technical University of Denmark
•Danish Business Authority
•Central Denmark Region
•Danish Agency for Digitisation
In addition, a large number of other private and public companies will participate in the case activities.
IT security is a competitive parameter at Kamstrup
a. a. Client profile:
Kamstrup is a world-leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions
b. Client needs:
Kamstrup is a world-leader in innovative metering solutions for energy and utility companies and employs people in 24 countries. Their solutions include energy meters, automated meter reading systems, hosting and service as well as smart grid applications.
In some markets there is an increasing demand for secure products, which means that they must be Common Criteria-certified or in other ways tested and found to comply with security standards. This sort of documentation and certification is often costly.
Kamstrup asked the Alexandra Institute to conduct an impartial security review to be able to prove to a new customer that their system meets the security standards.
c. Provided solution to meet the needs:
We have performed an IT security review of Kamstrup’s world-leading smart energy metering solutions.
Today, our security review of Kamstrup’s system is not only used as documentation towards their new customer but also to prove to other customers that the system has been tested in theory and practice by an external, impartial IT security expert.
The Alexandra Institute’s solution delivered to Kamstrup includes:
- A thorough security review of Kamstrup’s product
- Suggestions for security improvements. Kamstrup is, however, responsible for developing the products, incl. the security solutions.
- IT security brush-up.
The Alexandra Institute provides a wide range of services in the area of security and privacy and contributes to innovative security solutions. Our technical competencies include e.g. security for cloud computing, Internet of Things and applied cryptograph. We work together with leading international research groups.
It has been of great benefit for us to work with the Alexandra Institute. They challenged our mindset and were able to quickly identify what we needed. They took a critical approach to the task and provided ideas for further enhancements. So this has been a successful cooperation.More details: https://alexandra.dk/uk/expertise/security-and-privacy
Brainreader - optimise speed to load 3D images
- Client profile:
Radiologists and neuroradiologists in the United States and Europe
- Client needs:
The small start-up company Brainreader offers a product Neuroreader that uses MRI scans to predict Alzheimer's disease. They wanted to optimise the speed it takes to load the 3D image of a patient's brain.
Brainreader’s product Neuroreader is a patented method that tries to solve one of the major diagnostic challenges in the western world - a safe, simple, non-invasive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease at an early stage. Such a solution will have significant societal impact.
Based on MRI scans of the brain, the product can locate various structures in the brain, preferably the right and left hippocampus, and quantify the volume of those structures. This provides valuable information that based on an advanced statistical model can be used as input for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease.
- Provided solution to meet the needs:
With Alexandra Institutes’ competences in massive data, we made it possible for Brainreader to optimise the speed of the analysis of scanned images from an hour to 16 seconds. Now, Brainreader is a market leader in a high-demand market.
From an early stage in Brainreader’s development we have been involved as technology supplier. The collaboration began as a project under the auspices of Caretech, where the objective was to reduce the execution time of Brainreader’s technological solution at the time. For a long time, we have subsequently handled both the operation of computation servers and the technology development of more robust and accurate techniques for locating the relevant brain structures.
The Alexandra Institute has developed a new segmentation platform that expands this segmentation algorithm to use not just one atlas, but many different atlas images. This allows for an enhanced robustness to variations in anatomy between patients. In addition, the new platform uses e.g. the latest research methods for dividing the brain into different types of tissue as well as advanced image processing techniques for the refinement of the segmentation result.
More details: https://alexandra.dk/uk/expertise/visualisation-and-simulation
Machine learning at Topdanmark
a. Client profile:
Topdanmark is Denmark's second largest insurance company with a wide and numerous range of customers.
b. Client needs:
Alexandra Institute was contacted by Topdanmark to give their machine learning department a boost and to update them on the latest research in image modelling using machine learning.
c. Provided solution to meet the needs:
Topdanmark receives a large number of images of cars with minor damages annually. The cars are sent to a car repair shop that takes photos of the damage and gives an estimate of what it will cost to repair it. Then, the Topdanmark assessor will decide on the report, the images and whether the extent of the price corresponds to the damage to the car. In future, the process will be taken over by an algorithm – trained by the Alexandra Institute’s experts in collaboration with Topdanmark's own machine learning team.
Using machine learning, a computer can look through the many images and compare them with the report prepared by the car repair shop and assess whether the price of the damage is equivalent to the extent.
"Our new robot advisor will assist the assessor in his work, which will make the process faster so that we can save time in the claims handling for the benefit of both customers and car repair shops, but also provide a more accurate calculation of the extent of the damage," says Stig Geer Pedersen, Senior Project Manager RPA & Machine Learning, in Topdanmark.
More details: https://alexandra.dk/uk/expertise/data-and-software-solutions
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- National basic research funding
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Private funding
- Partner resources
Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Technical University of Denmark, DTU
Copenhagen University (KU)
Southern Danish University, SDU
DABAI -- Public-private partnership to boost the exploitation of big data
MADE -Manufacturing Academy of Denmark
INFINIT - network for innovative utilization of IT
Networked, cluster organization
Research & Technology organization
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
- Cyber security (including biometrics)
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
- Simulation and modelling
- Software as a service and service architectures
- Cloud computing
DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMSDIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.