Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
The Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) is an institute of DLR mainly located at DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen (near Munich), Berlin-Adlershof, Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) as well as an office in Bremen. IMF and the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) together comprise the Earth Observation Center EOC – a centre of competence for earth observation in Germany. Research and development activities at the IMF are dedicated to remote sensing technology. Algorithms and methods are developed to configure processors that extract relevant geo-information from remote sensing data.
The EO Data Science department at IMF was created in 2017 and currently is employing nearly 50 staff members. Besides the expertise pools at IMF in the three sensor technologies, namely synthetic aperture radar (SAR), optical imaging, and atmospheric spectrometry, algorithms crossing sensor technologies, e.g. for data fusion, have been gaining importance for years.
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two federal polytechnical schools in Switzerland. It is considered one of the best academic institutions in Europe, in particular in engineering. EPFL accounts for several top-level artificial intelligence and computer vision laboratories and is cutting edge in these domains. For example, EPFL coordinates the Blue Brain project and has nine professors members of the ELLIS European Machine Learning Initiative. Moreover, EPFL gathers all laboratories dealing with space research in a space centre.
Technical research centere of Finnland
Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), established 1942, is a state owned and controlled non-profit research institute, with six offices in Finland – in Espoo, Tampere, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Kajaani. VTT has a staff of 2103. It is the largest technology research centre in Finland. VTT has vast experience from participation and coordination of numerous European projects including R&D Framework Programme projects and other thematic frameworks and programmes.
The remote sensing research of VTT produces EO data interpretation chains for domestic and international users. The focus of research is presently on applications connected to forest management monitoring, carbon cycle of forests, and land cover
e-GEOS is a joint venture between Telespazio S.p.A. (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), entered into force in June 2009. The two shareholders have assigned to e-GEOS respectively the whole Earth Observation Division and the world-wide exclusive distribution of data and services from the COSMO-SkyMed Constellation, developed by ASI in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Defence. e-GEOS is a leading international player in the Earth Observation and Geo-Spatial Information business.
Today e-GEOS counts on a staff of about 300 high qualified employees.