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European Computer-Industry Research Centre GmbH
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body (ECRC) A joint research organisation founded in 1984 on
the initiative of three major European manufacturers: Bull
(France), ICL (UK) and Siemens (Germany). Its activities
were intended to enhance the future competitive ability of the
European Information Technology industry and thus complement
the work of national and international bodies.
The Centre is intended to be the breeding ground for those
ideas, techniques and products which are essential for the
future use of electronic information processing. The work of
the Centre will focus on advanced information processing
technology for the next generation of computers.
ECRC is an independent company, owned equally by its
shareholders. The formal interface between ECRC and its
shareholders consists of two bodies: The Shareholders'
Council, which approves the Centre's programmes and budgets
and supervises their execution and the Scientific Advisory
Board, which advises the Shareholders' Council in determining
future research directions.
There are many collaborations between ECRC and its
shareholders' companies on specific projects (Technology
Transfer, prospective studies etc). The Centre is staffed by
highly qualified scientists drawn from different countries.
Research staff are hired directly by ECRC, as well as some who
come on assignment from the member companies, and others
seconded from public research agencies and universities.
Seminars are held which bring together specialists from the
Centre and the member companies.
ECRC's mission is to pursue research in fundamental areas of
computer science. The aim is to develop the theory,
methodologies and tools needed to build innovative computer
applications. ECRC contributes actively to the international
effort that is expanding the frontiers of knowledge in
computer science. It plays an important role in bridging the
gap between research and industry by striving to work at the
highest academic level with a strong industrial focus. ECRC
constitutes an opportunity in Europe for the best scientists
and offers young researchers the possibility to mature in an
environment which exposes them to both fundamental research
and the process of delivering the results to industry.
ECRC plays an important role in Europe and is involved in
several European Community initiatives. It is regularly
consulted by the Commission of the European Communities on
strategic issues, such as the definition of future research
plans, international co-operation and relationships between
academia and industry.