ATB is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1991 by the State of Bremen, Bremen University and a group of industrial companies (Daimler, STN ATLAS Elektronik, and a number of SMEs from the Bremen region). ATB has a research team of about twenty scientists. The main strategic business areas of ATB are Systems Analysis & Design, Knowledge Management (KM) and Software Systems Technology. The general concept of ATB consists of the realization of a well-balanced application-oriented research, in close co-operation with its industrial partners, to both solve specific partners’ problems and to contribute to further development of system technology sciences.

    Previous relevant experience

    In the area of knowledge management, ATB has gained high experience in the development of systems dealing with tele-diagnostics and remote maintenance of R&A systems in complex automation systems (PICK, INTELL-DIAG, AIM, InAmI, K-NET, SelfLearning). ATB has significantly contributed to real industrial applications of context sensitive KM approaches, addressing e.g. agent based knowledge acquisition using MB, RB and CB reasoning approach, and is also addressing SME tailored solutions for Product Knowledge Management across EE and knowledge-based design systems (PROMISE, AIM, ASSIST, E-MULT). ATB has been leader of the EU projects on AmI technology FOKSAI and AMI4SME.

    ATB has gained high experience in the development of knowledge based systems, ontologies and context sensitive solutions and enterprise-wide information integration, and is specifically active in the area of Collaborative Working Environments and Networked Enterprises. In the scope of several EU projects (K-NET, SelfLearning) ATB has developed and is developing advanced context sensitive services for collaborative knowledge management in industry. Specifically ATB has expertise in ontology based context modelling for industrial applications.

    ATB has sound expertise in the development of novel ICT solutions and the interfacing with other ICT systems. In a number of EU projects, ATB has developed different applications such as monitoring of the status of components in complex manufacturing processes, context-sensitive data retrieval, intelligent interfacing of agent-based and non agent systems etc.

    Main tasks in U-QASAR

    ATB will lead the activities regarding the design and development of the U-QASAR Platform, which will be based on ontological foundations, and will contribute to the methodology with its extensive knowledge about the implementation of knowledge management solutions and service oriented solutions.