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Europe has an impressive number of strong businesses in all shapes, markets and sizes and  also holds some of the world’s strongest AI scientists, research groups, research centers and universities. However, Europe lags other regions in turning new enabling technologies like Artificial Intelligence into global products, platforms, and services. CLAIRE is a vehicle to create ambitious global visions for Europe and to bring scientists, research groups, industry, innovation-driven enterprises and startups together. The Innovation Network comprises companies, legal entities, and groups or units within these companies that develop or use Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods or technologies (for-profit).

“Artificial intelligence technologies are strategic to develop the society of the future. We need to build a strong European AI ecosystem, such as CLAIRE’s Innovation Network, where research and industry work together to bring the benefits of these new technologies to the society as a whole, respecting European values and legislation.”
“As a co-head of CLAIRE’s informal advisory group industry, I am proud to welcome you to the services CLAIRE offers to its innovation network members and to the community we created. Whether you are a startup company, an SME, or a large company, the CLAIRE innovation network provides you with a platform to connect with other members and with leading AI researchers and their research groups and institutes. Like myself, many of our experts have experience in matching the requirements of real-world AI applications with cutting-edge academic research results – and we look forward to working with our innovation network members on this, too.”

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To join the CLAIRE Innovation Network, your organisation needs to become a member of CLAIRE AISBL. For more information on how to do this, please contact industry@claire-ai.org.

For non-profit organisations please see the page on the Research Network.

Our Founding Members

Czech Republic

Certicon, a.s., Prague, CZ

CertiCon (established 1996) is a Czech IT company with more than 400 employees, focusing its attention at innovations and AI-based solutions. CertiCon undertakes projects in many segments, the most important being manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and “Smart City”. It is designing and developing various intelligent solutions (from mobile apps to large-scale systems/platforms) for such customers like Medtronic, Bosch, ZF, Airbus Industries, Frequentis and others. It has brought own products to the market, e.g. CertiConVis as an efficient computer vision platform, exploring machine learning technology; Epiqua as a production planning and scheduling tool, exploring the agent-based approach. Quite important is a tight cooperation with the leading universities in the region, namely with CIIRC of the Czech Technical University, and Vienna University of Technology where CertiCon participates in the joint Christian Doppler R&D Center.

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: www.certicon.cz

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Trix Connections, s.r.o., Prague, CZ

We provide services in the field of business development and innovation management. Including all aspects of technology transfer from academia to practice. As a university start-up, we went through the whole innovation cycle – from idea, through modeling and prototyping to product, company and licensing… and it only took us a week.

We develop artificial intelligence. We use a wide range of machine learning methods to automate complex processes in industry and services. We focus on predictive maintenance, quality management and control of complex processes. We suitably complement human intuition and individual experience with artificial intelligence.

We connect universities with industry. We motivate young talents to use their ideas and turn knowledge into a product. We provide services in the field of business development and innovation management, including all aspects of technology transfer from the academic environment to practice.

Number of employees: <20 (start-up)
Website: www.trixconnections.cz 

France

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin, Le Bourget Du Lac, FR

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin is a public binational promoter responsible for the realization and operation of the cross-border section of the mixed Lyon-Turin freight/passenger railway line. TELT is a French company owned 50% by the French State (Ministry of the Ecological Transition) and 50% by the Italian State (via the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane group). It was founded on 23 February 2015, replacing LTF (Lyon Turin Ferroviaire), owned by the operators of the SNCF and RFI railway networks, which was responsible for the studies and preliminary works from October 2001 to February 2015. TELT shares the European goal of achieving a new faster and more efficient transport network in recognition also of the global need to reduce pollution. Aware of the fact that the crossing of the Alps represents a crucial node for commercial exchanges and the mobility of people between European nations, TELT is committed to respecting the international agreements and implementing the infrastructure on schedule and in full respect not only of the highest quality standards, but also of the environment and of all legal requirements.

The top management of TELT consists of the President, appointed by the French State, who represents the Company before the stakeholders, and the Executive Director, chosen by the Italian State, who directs and administers it. Both are members of the Board of Directors, with voting rights, alongside four members appointed by the French government and four appointed by the Italian one. The post of Board Member has a renewable term of six years and is not remunerated. The European Commission may appoint a representative who sits on the board as a non-voting member. At the moment, the President is Hubert du Mesnil and the Executive Director is Mario Virano.

The cross-border section of the Lyon-Turin freight and passenger railway line extends over a stretch of 65 km between Susa in Piedmont and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in Savoy.
The main feature of the work is the 57.5 km long Mont Cenis base tunnel – 12.5 km in Italy and 45 in France – linking the international stations of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Susa, which constitute the connection points to the respective national lines in France and Italy.

The work realization is a unique opportunity to experiment new AI solutions, to study BIG DATA use and security and to develop smart solutions for safety and security that can be applied in other complex works. Also in the next few years TELT will lead the technologies of the tunnel before the exploitation of the new railway line between Lyon and Turin.

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: https://www.telt-sas.com/en/telt-homepage/

Germany

A1 Digital Deutschland GmbH, München, DE

A1 Digital is enabling customers to realize one of the key technologies for IoT applications, that is, end-to-end networked and intelligent products. A1 Digital Machine Learning platform powered by BigML makes it possible to structure and optimize Machine Learning processes like any other business process, providing Exoscale European Cloud with highly available and high-performance servers while ensuring the highest level of data security.

Every IoT and Machine Learning project is a transformative innovation activity that changes a company in many ways. The new processes and the necessary intensive cooperation between the various parts of the company require all relevant departments to work with the most valuable resource, the data. Data silos are giving way to a more competitive, customer-centric, and data-driven ecosystem. If the innovative ecosystem does not work or is permanently disrupted, IoT projects inevitably fail. The combination of IoT and Machine Learning creates opportunities to open new business areas, increase efficiency or save costs, among many other benefits, and in some cases, it is necessary to run the Machine Learning model directly on the microcontrollers of the IoT device and not in the Cloud.

A1 Digital and its Machine Learning solutions powered by BigML offer an indisputable attractiveness for current digitalization transformation processes and its importance during current uncertain times. A1 Digital make digitalization happen by helping customers to change, optimize and create new business models, bringing innovative companies to the next level. 

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: https://www.a1.digital/

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Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Gütersloh, DE

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has around 130,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.3 billion in the 2020 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

“Bertelsmann aims at becoming the technologically leading media, services and education company in the fields of cloud, data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Against this background, Bertelsmann businesses explore AI-driven, increasingly cloud-based, applications with regard to both image/video (Computer Vision/Video AI) and audio as well as text (NLP) data. The relevant use cases in this context can be split into either content intelligence use cases related to content exploration, creation, etc., or audience intelligence use cases offering possibilities to get a better understanding of our (end) customers. As far as corresponding use case examples are concerned:

  • Metadata extraction from image/video/audio/text for optimized content processing, cross-content relationships, content recommendation, etc.
  • Speech-to-text of audio files connecting audio with textual content or relevant images/videos
  • Smart video editing in the form of identifying slots for commercial breaks, possibilities to stop ending credits, etc.
  • Sentiment analysis by evaluating voice, facial expressions and spoken words
  • Synthetic generation of texts and video trailers
  • Detection of trends in search and social media data for content ideation, talent identification, etc.
  • User experience optimization by exploring link journey, search histories and alike
  • Personalization and customer segmentation in order to display the best possible content to the best matching audience

Apart from these AI applications regarding unstructured data, Bertelsmann businesses also work on and use AI applications in context with structured data. This includes, but is not limited to, use cases such as:

  • Demand and sales forecasting for video on demand, book and magazine sales, logistics orders, etc.
  • Smart warehousing in the form of, for example, inventory, factory routing and pick & pack optimization
  • Smart energy applications and telemetry solutions
  • Smart finance in the form of automatic account matching, payment-run optimization, etc.”

Number of employees: >500
Website: http://www.bertelsmann.com/

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divis intelligent solutions GmbH, Dortmund, DE 

divis intelligent solutions GmbH, Dortmund, Germany, is a leading supplier of consulting services, custom software development services, and proprietary software products in the field of predictive analytics, automated machine learning and optimization. Our technology and services achieve a competitive advantage for our customers in applications such as industry 4.0, manufacturing process optimization, predictive maintenance, predictive quality optimization, and all areas of industrial R&D such as simulation-based optimization, simulation data analysis, metamodeling, and related topics.

Having access to the most recent academic technology developments in the field, we actively deploy these research results to our customer’s benefits. Our customers include leading global automotive companies, chemical and consumer goods companies, and manufacturing industry.

Concerning Artificial Intelligence, our technology is based on proprietary methods for automated machine learning, anomaly detection, response surface modeling, and nonlinear global optimization.

Number of employees: <20
Website: https://divis-gmbh.de/

Italy

E4 Computer Engineering SpA, Scandiano, IT

E4 Computer Engineering designs and integrates hardware and software solutions for High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing (Private and Hybrid), containerization, High Performance Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Virtualization. To better support its customers base to address their future requirements, E4 has originally developed solutions based on various open-source technologies such as OpenStack, Kubernetes, and tools for the implementation of a CI/CD toolchain.

The impact of AI technologies cannot be underestimated. At the dawn of the AI era, E4 has been supporting visionaries with a crazy dream: apply AI to real world problems. Today E4 is supporting  scientists and technologists in making AI pervasive and, even more important, invisible to the users. Tomorrow E4 will support citizens to shape their lives in smart cities and in a greener world. E4 is the companion of visionaries, scientists and technologists looking for the best infrastructure for making their AI-powered dreams come true.

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: https://www.e4company.com/ 

The Netherlands

4WeCooperate Holding B.V., Leiden, NL

4WeCooperate Holding B.V. is a Dutch company based in Leiden, Netherlands. Their team facilitates all kinds of collaborations and have expertise on business, architecture and societal matters surrounding a collaboration. It is their mission to make the world work together by developing solutions for Trusted Digital Communities. These communities are supported throughout their journey with collaboration environments, data sharing opportunities and legal support.

Number of employees: <20
Website: https://4lifesupport.eu/

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DSW, Schiedam, NL 

DSW is a small, independent and opinionated health insurance company located in the Netherlands. At DSW, the importance of health care outweighs self-interest. We stand for quality care and free choice of doctors, affordable enough to be accessible to anyone. We create our own path, even if it leads against established ones.

At DSW we strive for operation excellence which enables us to surprise our customers with outstanding service. DSW has won awards for being the best health insurance company in the Netherlands for 7 years in a row now. And we’ve been in the top10 of most customer friendly companies in the Netherlands for 2 years in a row. At DSW, we keep all IT in-house. More than one third of DSW employees work in ICT. This enables us to work agile and innovative. AI has been on our agenda for quite a long time now. We’re developing several AI-applications to improve customer experience as well as invoice processing and fraud detection. 

Number of employees: >500
Website: https://www.dsw.nl/ 

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IOS Press, Amsterdam, NL

IOS Press is an independent, international STM publishing house with around 30 employees established in 1987 in Amsterdam. One of our guiding principles is to embrace the benefits a lean organization offers. While our goal is to keep things simple, we strive to meet the highest professional standards. Our business practices are straightforward, transparent and ethical. IOS Press serves the information needs of scientific and medical communities worldwide. IOS Press now publishes more than 100 international journals and approximately 75 book titles each year on subjects ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences.

IOS Press publishes more than 30 international journals and several book series in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. IOS Press collaborates with international organizations like EurAI and has ambitious plans to create a central place for European AI research. 

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: https://www.iospress.nl/ 

Switzerland

KNIME AG, Zurich, CH

KNIME, an open source data analytics company, provides software for fast and intuitive access to advanced data science. At the core is the open source KNIME Analytics Platform, a visual workbench providing a wide range of state-of-the-art analytics tools and techniques to handle any use case — from basics to highly advanced machine learning and AI methods. It is complemented by the commercial KNIME Server which makes data science productive in the enterprise, while staying in the same software environment for deployment, collaboration, management and optimization. Headquartered in Zurich, KNIME has offices in Austin Texas, and Konstanz and Berlin, Germany.

Number of employees: 21-500
Website: https://www.knime.com/

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