XANDAR Partners

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 9,500 employees, 25,000 students, and a total annual budget of about 850 million Euros. KIT was established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest national research centres in the Helmholtz Association. KIT builds on the extensive experience its predecessors have gained in EC-funded research from more than 1000 projects up to now.

The Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) is one out of 17 institutes of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology of the KIT. The institute is under the corporate management of Prof. Jürgen Becker, Prof. Eric Sax and Prof. Wilhelm Stork. It concentrates on VLSI integration and computer aided methods for the design of (embedded) electronic systems and microsystems.


University of Peloponnese

The University of the Peloponnese, Greece participates with the Embedded System Design and Applications Lab of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The lab is specialized in the area of embedded and cyberphysical system design. Its main research activities include mainly embedded systems, cyberphysical systems, multi-core systems, optimization techniques for high-end parallel applications, wireless sensor communication technologies and IoT platforms. During the last years, UoP has participated in numerous national and European research programs. In parallel, there is on-going research activity with major local and European companies and research institutes in the area of embedded and cyberphysical system design.

Embedded System Design and Applications Lab is a validated Digital Innovation Hub of European Commission. 


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. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

DLR has approximately 8000 employees at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen, Hamburg, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

The Institute of Flight Systems (FT) is active in the topics of flight mechanics and measurement and system technology of all flying systems at the DLR site Braunschweig since 1953. The institute has 5 departments with a total of about 150 employees. The departments of the institute are Flight Dynamics and Simulation, Rotorcraft, Unmanned Aircraft, Flight Test Instrumentation & IT and Safety Critical Systems & Systems Engineering.


AVN Innovative Technology Solutions Ltd

AVN Innovative Technology Solutions Ltd core competence is the unique binding of managerial and technical skills, knowledge and capabilities. Our expertise spans in key areas of the ICT domain including efficiency enhancing design flows & tools, application specific system design, testing and quality assurance tools and training in the above areas. The management team comprises of highly skilled people that can foresee the market demands of the IT and communication market in the forthcoming years and have the capability to establish the required partnerships and alliances. The core expertise of AVN lies in the following technological directions: Healthcare monitoring infrastructure solutions, security, cloud based infrastructure services (migration workflow tool chain, hardware acceleration integration, risk assessment tools), ICT infrastructure planning, acquisition and operation management, energy grid automation, technical consulting and training (game based training, cloud infrastructure, custom embedded solutions for efficient system design, next generation networks migration strategy).

Vector Informatik GmbH

Vector is the leading manufacturer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from CAN to Automotive Ethernet.

Vector has been a partner of automotive manufacturers and suppliers and related industries since 1988. Vector tools and services provide engineers with the decisive advantage to make a challenging and highly complex subject area as simple and manageable as possible. Vector employees work on electronic innovations for the automotive industry every day. Worldwide customers in the automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, transportation, and control technology industries rely on the solutions and products of the independent Vector Group for the development of technologies for future mobility.

Vector worldwide currently employs more than 3,000 people with sales of EUR 692 million in 2020. Vector is headquartered in Germany (Stuttgart) and has subsidiaries in Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Austria, Romania, Sweden, South Korea, Spain and the USA.


Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) was founded in 1845. Today there are approximately 23,000 students. Queen’s is ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity with over 75% of research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). The total value of new research grants and contracts awarded to QUB during 2016-17 was over £100m. The University secured 137 projects under Framework 7, worth a total of €40M and currently has 87 Horizon 2020 awards worth a combined €36M. This includes 5 ICT projects (RAPID, SAFEcrypto, DEVELOP, UniServer and VINEYARD), 2 of which are as coordinator. QUB spin-out companies support 1,850 high-value jobs and generate an annual turnover of £215 million. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is a research centre at Queen’s University Belfast. With a multidisciplinary team of over 90 academics, research fellows, PhD students, and industry experienced engineers, it brings together research specialists in complementary fields including data, network, and physical security systems. The centre has a professional engineering staff who work closely with research teams to identify and draw through innovations. It also has a dedicated Business Development Team with a Commercial Director, focused on building industry links and knowledge transfer opportunities in cyber security. The centre has spun out six new cyber security companies since its inception. CSIT is recognised by the UK Research Council and GCHQ/NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research


BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Corporate sustainability is firmly established as a guiding principle of the company’s strategy and culture. The BMW Group complies with the ten principles of the Global Compact and the Cleaner Production Declaration of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). In addition, the company also adheres to the agreements of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the OECD’s guidelines for multinational companies and the Business Charter for Sustainable Development issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

In Munich, BMW operates its own research and development centre, called FIZ (Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum = Research and Innovation Centre), in which future cars are developed and research and pre-development on various fields of vehicle, systems and infrastructure design are conducted.  BMW Group´s expenditures for R&D summed up to 6,11 Billion € in 2017. Since BMW Group has a long tradition in participating in joint research, its associates are very well experienced in conducting and participating in national and European joint research programs.



fentISS is an advanced technology company which provides software solutions enabling critical and non-critical applications to share a common hardware platform without interfering one another (virtualization). In the past few years, fentISS has concentrated its research and innovation activities in mixed-criticality systems in which the main objective has been to assure system safety. By getting involved in XANDAR, the company will develop its technology one step beyond by providing an integrated approach supporting also cyber security. The involvement of an aerospace use case and an automotive use case will also strengthen the validity of the solution by supporting the two main markets which are standardizing on a Time and Space Partitioning (TSP) architecture (through IMA ARINC-653 and AUTOSAR OS) as the one supported by XtratuM hypervisor.