TalTech, the only technological university in Estonia, is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. With its 11,000 students and 1,900 staff members, the university is an internationally recognized research institution which is actively responding to the rapidly developing society, tackling the challenges of the digital era. TalTech is cooperating with world leading technology companies and universities and is in charge of nurturing the next generation of engineers and advancing engineering culture in Estonia, contributing to the sustainable development of the society and increased national prosperity with its innovative services. Around 20% of the students at TalTech study in the field of ICT. The TalTech campus is also a home to more than 200 high-tech companies. Since 2013, TalTech has consistently ranked first amongst the Baltic universities in the QS World University Rankings. However, the overall rank (~500th800th) is still far from the leading Western European universities. The unit involved in the SAFEST project is Department of Computer Systems (DCS) of TalTech. DCS has 70 employees, including 8 professors, 10+ senior faculty members, and 20+ PhD students. During the last 15 years, DCS has participated in a number of EUfunded networking and research projects, including H2020/FP7 RIA, Twinning and MSCA ITN actions. In a recent evaluation of Estonian ICT research groups performed by an international jury, DCS achieved the highest grades both for the level of research as well as for international cooperation.
The LTP is the University of Montpellier (UM). UM is a French public research university in Montpellier, south-east of France. Established in 1292, UM is one of the oldest universities in the world. UM is home to over 50000 students, bringing together a vast community of knowledge, from science, techniques and medicine to environmental and educational science, as well as economics, law and political sciences. UM welcomes about 1,800 PhD students in its 9 Doctoral Schools.