SPACE Transportation (EADS-ST) is a 100% subsidiary of the EADS
N.V. group, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (see http://www.eads-nv.com). This subsidiary is specialised
in launching systems both for military purpose (strategic ballistic missile launched from
submarine) and civil purpose. The ARIANE family of heavy launcher (ARIANE 4 and ARIANE 5)
has been complemented by a medium one: STARSEM jointly with Russia, and a new light one is
under development: VEGA jointly with Italy.
In addition to launching system, EADS-ST
is also in charge of the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle). ATV will re-supply the ISS
(International Space Station) with freight (water, food for the astronauts, materials for
the experiment) propellant, oxygen,... ATV will also re-lift the ISS and act as a garbage
collector before performing a destructive re-entry.
For ATV program EADS-ST acts as prime
contractor on behalf of its customer: ESA (European Space Agency). Hence, it is fully
responsible for all technical issues (especially the payload performances) programmatic
and budget constraints. For ATV program like for almost its program EADS-ST is sharing the
development and production work at a large scale throughout Europe. For instance, Italy
has the responsibility for the cargo vehicle, Germany for the propulsion,.... Furthermore
this work sharing could be far more intimate, even for a critical subsystem like the
automatic rendezvous, the work is also shared between several partners.
Since 1994, EADS-ST
has included the Distributed Simulation technologies in its key strategies of research,
by experimenting the DIS and HLA standards and by prototyping the geographical
distribution of some simulation facilities with Hardware-In-the-Loop over Europe. EADS-ST
has a long experience of international co-operation and has actively participated
to European Community RTD programs. It was the Coordinator of ATV-DSD and EDISON projects,
already related to distributed simulation.
All projects where EADS-ST was involved
have been completed in compliance with their respective Project Program, because those
projects like GeneSyS are always in line with the priority topics of our self-funding
company research program. This ensures the technical inputs and human resources (quality
and quantity) are dedicated to the projects, furthermore the upper-level management is
monitoring the progress and periodically reviewing how the results could be exploited
within the company and the EADS N.V. Group.
EADS-ST is also investing new business
opportunities including the valorisation of the results acquired in those projects. This
is typically the case with the results of EDISON which are packaged as GTI6 (Generalised
Tool for Interoperable systems), especially the supervisor of GTI6 will be a key
background IPR for GeneSyS.
The results of GeneSyS will benefit of
the GTI6 exploitation strategy and will complement the range of products and services (see
mainly behave as User by validating the GeneSyS product in front of its training and
engineering applications in the space domain.
Jean-Eric BOHDANOWICZ (29
years old) graduated from the ENSEA in computing science and electronics with a speciality
in the network and telecoms fields. He managed several studies on networking supervision
for EADS SPACE Transportation in both fields of R&D and industrial applications and in an
international context. He will be candidate for the GeneSyS Project Manager role.
Daniel CLAUDE (53 years old)
graduated from Sup'Aero in aeronautical engineering and joined Aerospatiale in 1970. He
hold various positions in computing like: embedded avionics systems development, European
Value Added Network Services development (APEX EUREKA project and EANS company). In 1994
he became the deputy manager for the electrical ground systems engineering department (150
people) at Aerospatiale Space & Defense. Now at ELV, his responsibilities range from
Control/Command for Ariane launchers and the French nuclear forces, integration platforms
for on-board electrical sub-system, to simulation facilities used at different level of
the product lifecycle. He has been involved in RACE EDID, ESPRIT ADONNIS, and is in charge
of ESPRIT SEDRES, ATV-DSD and EDISON.
NAVUS GmbH (http://www.navus.de) was founded in 1995 as a software development company for
scientific applications. Our location (Ravensburg) is close to a main
high-tech region "Euregio" around Lake Bodensee, which is connecting
Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Nearby our office we have companies
like Sulzer, MTU, ZF Friedrichshafen or Dornier (now DaimlerChrysler
Aerospace, EADS, Astrium).
Our company was founded to provide professional IT services to those
companies, focussing on high tech and scientific applications.
We did a number of projects for GIS, military and medical research
applications between 1995 and 2000. In 2000 we expanded our activities
to Internet based solutions and focused on Java technology.
Since 2000 we delivered applications for e-banking, industry,
logistics, healthcare and B2B / B2C e-commerce. Among our customers
are well known companies like Schweizer Rentenanstalt / Swiss Life,
Bosch, Astrium, Siemens, and many others. All applications are based
on multi-tier Java technology (J2EE).
Our projects have to match the following criterias as our main
available (readily accessible to users when needed, now & in the
- reliable (consistently meeting user-defined quality & standards)
- affordable (overall benefits justify the costs)
- scalable (fulfilling performance demands of users in any status of
Beside of our focus on application development, we created a new
category of software, called "Webware". Our webware products are fully
Internet based and ready-to-use solutions. The server based part
includes the business logic and is hosted on our server. The client is
available for download and is installed automatically on any operating
system that can run a Java Virtual Machine.
Knowing that ESA is interested as well in the Java technology as a
possible future platform for on-board or ground-based applications, we
decided in March 2002 to register as an official supplier for ESA (SME
status) and to further develop our Java technology for a possible use
in future projects. As a result, we received a first ESA contract for
the ARTES-5 programme in December 2002.
Hendrik HEIMER (41 years old) has nearly 20 years of experience in
different management positions in industry. After studying Aerospace
Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and working as a freelancer
and consultant, he became Director of IT at Hudson Textile
Manufacturing. The next step was a position as Director of Development
at CSB Software, a German market leader for healthcare solutions. In
1995 he founded NAVUS, focussing on software solutions for scientific
and military projects. Now the main area of work are ESA and EC
projects. Beside of software technology, he is developing business
strategies for dissemination and exploitation for those project.
Paul DOURIAGUINE (28 years old) holds a Masters Degree in Radio
Physics and Electronics with a major in Computing and Systems
Engineering from Kazan State University. Among several academic honors
and recognitions he received grants from the Soros' Foundation for
outstanding research and academic achievements. Before joining NAVUS,
he was a technical team leader for the global software engineering
team at BT Looksmart, Sydney, Australia.
The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is affiliated to the University
of Stuttgart and maintains in addition to its services for academic users
close relationships with industry. HLRS has been the first national
supercomputer centre to be established by the German government and has been
working for a long time in the Metacomputing and GRID area. HLRS operates
supercomputers owned by hww, a public-private partnership consortium
comprising among HLRS and others the German Telecom and the sports car
manufacturing Porsche AG.
HLRS will provide technology oriented and state-of-the-art knowledge on
development processes, networking and standardisation aspects that are
crucial for the definition of advanced and effective software services for
the GeneSyS architecture. HLRS is a technology provider that will influence
the GeneSyS architecture from its experiences within the Metacomputing area
and from other national and EU wide projects in the area of GRID and
distributed computing. HLRS can contribute its expertise in software
engineering and object oriented programming during the analysis, design and
implementation phase of the GeneSyS system.
The Software Technology Group at HLRS is both, a service and a research
division. As a service division it offers conceptual advice on, teaching in
and implementation of web applications and the accounting and billing
process of the supercomputing facilities of HLRS. As a research division it
is involved in ambitious European research projects focusing on emerging web
technologies and the grid, leveraging the potential of the technologies to
their full extent.
Stefan Wesner has been heading the Software Technology Group since 2000. He
is coordinating the GRID-computing activities and the research in emerging
technologies such as Web-Services and Component based software
architectures. Stefan Wesner is also giving lectures in the area of Software
Engineering and Java Programming at the University of Stuttgart for
Mechanical Engineering students. Furthermore, he was responsible for the
German GRID research project UNICORE Plus and participates in the German
E-Learning project GIMOLUS. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the
Communication Systems department. There he was responsible for several
international projects, like ACTS ATHOC (ATM over Hybrid Fibre Coax), ACTS
COMIQS (Commerce Through MPEG-4 over the Internet). He is responsible for
HLRS in several European research projects
Stefan Wesner obtained his diploma degree from the University of Saarbrücken
(DE) in Electrical Engineering in 1997. Stefan Wesner has already actively
participated in standardisation bodies in the domain of ISO/MPEG-4. He has
been co-author of an MPEG-4/RTP IETF Internet-Draft and has written several
contributions to the ISO/MPEG-4 standard.
and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI, http://www.sztaki.hu) was founded in 1972. Currently it is
the largest institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for research and development in
the fields of computer sciences and automation. The present staff consists of about 320
employees, out of which about 250 are university graduates, 60 people have intermediate
education, and an assistant staff of about 60 is also available.
Since its early
years of foundation, the Institute has been undertaking industrial application tasks, as
well. The main fields of target research and development are as follows:
local and wide area computer networks,
distributed information management systems,
World Wide Web and digital library systems,
information and banking systems, office
real-time industrial supervision systems and
industrial process control,
expert- and knowledge-based systems,
hypermedia applications (e.g. in educational
CAD, CAM, CIM applications (surface
modelling, cell simulation) and robotics,
software quality assurance.
In the fields
mentioned, the Institute's target research and development activity aims primarily at
creating custom-designed computer based applications, implementing the related software
and providing turn-key systems. Scientists and engineers have the necessary field-specific
expertise (theoretical, technological and methodological experience) by which they can
complete - in close co-operation with potential users - the functional plan of the system
to be implemented, followed by software design and system development. The Institute
undertakes the teaching-in and training of users, system installation and supervision in
the starting phase of operation, as well as the follow-up of its software products.
Department of Distributed Systems (DSD)
The primary aim of
this department (http://dsd.sztaki.hu) is the research
and development of distributed computer applications including World Wide Web-based
software systems, groupware applications and services, digital library systems, digital
art projects and audio/video conferencing environments. DSD has professional experiences
with JAVA, CORBA and XML technologies.
Distributed Systems (DSD) was/is participating within the following EC funded projects as
full research and developer partner:
RE 1010): Transfer of Knowledge between Research, Education, Business and Public
Administration through the World Wide Web
DELOS (ESPRIT LTR No. 21057):
Digital Library project
- SELECT (TAP RE 4008): Rating and Filtering of Scientific,
Technical and other Network Documents.
- KNIXMAS (INCO-Copernicus): Knowledge
Shared XPS-based Research Network Using Multi-Agent Systems
Laszlo KOVACS, technical doctor in computer science, is the founder and head of the
Department of Distributed Systems (DSD) at MTA SZTAKI, the Computer and Automation
Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. During his career he was involved
in different projects in the areas of computer network protocol design, specification,
verification and implementation. He taught years in different
foreign universities and research establishments including the University of Montreal
(Canada), University of Delaware (USA) and the Ecole Normale
Superieure de Cachan (France). Currently his interests include R&D of distributed
groupware applications, World Wide Web services, CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative
Work), distributed digital library systems. At present, multimedia services, audio/video
conferencing and virtual digital art are also included in his professional activities. He
is the member of the Advisory Committee of World Wide Web Consortium.