The SODA project aims to tackle exactly data protection and anonymization issue identified by the BDVA, enabling practical privacy-preserving analytics on Big Data by significant improvement of MPC techniques for privacy-preserving Big Data processing.

SODA will provide analytics on sensitive information beyond the privacy-utility trade-off and will therefore enable to unlock the immense potential hidden in privacy sensitive Big Data.


Royal Philips is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2015 sales of EUR 24.2 billion and employs approximately 113,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. In 2016 Philips sharpened its strategic focus by establishing two pure play, customer-focused companies in the areas of HealthTech and Lighting Solutions.

The Data Science department in Philips Research, headed by Prof. Milan Petković, combines experienced researchers in the domains of data management, analytics, security and advanced computing. The group employs several cryptographers with a background in multi-party computations. It also houses many data scientists that together cover the whole spectrum of work on Big Data in medical and healthcare settings.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a leading international university specializing in engineering science & technology. TU/e contributes through excellent teaching and research to progress in the technical sciences, to the development of technological innovations and as a result to the growth of welfare and wellbeing, both within its own region (technology and innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond it. TU/e was founded in 1956 to give a vital boost to the economy in the South East of the Netherlands. This is still one of the primary objectives. In the international CWTS ranking TU/e ranked first of 350 best performing universities worldwide in regard to scientific output in cooperation with industry. The TU/e is one of the core partners of the Eindhoven node of EU ICT Labs.

In this project we bring in our expertise in predictive analytics on streaming data from data mining (Information Systems group) and multi-party computation (Security/crypto group).


Aarhus University (AU) is a prestigious public university located in Aarhus, Denmark. Founded in 1928, it is Denmark’s second oldest university and the largest, with a total of 44,500 enrolled students as of 1 January 2013. In most prestigious ranking lists of the world’s best universities, Aarhus University is placed in the top 100.

The “Cryptography and Security” group of Aarhus University at Computer Science Department is one of the best research centres in cryptographic protocols for multi-party computation worldwide. The group is behind the famous “Sugar beet Auction”, the first time that MPC technology was used in a real world application. In addition to the PI for this Project, associate professor Claudio Orlandi, the group has one full professor (Ivan Damgård, recipient of ERC Advanced grant) and an associate professor (Jesper Nielsen, recipient of ERC Starting grant).

The “Cryptography and Security Group” of Aarhus University is one of the worldwide leading research centres (top 5%) in multi-party computation, and will contributed to the project with its unique expertise in design of provably secure efficient cryptographic protocols.


The Alexandra Institute (ALX) is a privately held non-profit Research and Technology Organization (RTO) with approximately 100 employees. ALX is located in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark, and is recognized by the Danish government as an advanced technology provider.

ALX focuses on applied research in computer science. ALX has (among other areas) strong expertise on IT security with a particular focus on applied cryptography and on user studies and user involvement in innovation processes. The focus of the security lab has in particular been on implementing Multi-party Computation. The lab has participated in several research projects both Danish and EU projects in this area. ALX has extensive experience in user studies in the context of technology and change, utilizing the technology as a driver for change.

The Alexandra has a proven track record in bridging the gap between research and industry. The institute was involved in the first large-scale, practically application and commercial real world use of multi-party computation [BCD+09] together with Aarhus University, and it maintains the open-source FRESCO MPC framework, partially developed in the EU FP7 PRACTICE project. Moreover the Alexandra Institute has plenty of experience in interdisciplinary work.


Founded in 1737, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. The University is distinguished by the rich diversity of its subject spectrum particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding quality of the areas that define its profile. The name of Göttingen is associated with more than 40 Nobel Prize winners who have lived and worked here. Today about 30000 students (approx. 20% from abroad) are inscribed in 13 faculties.

The department of commercial law and Internet law, headed by Prof. Gerald Spindler, deals with all kind of issues in the Internet world, in particular with privacy issues and data protection. The department has been involved for years in data protection and privacy issues. Spindler was elected as the general rapporteur for the biggest and most important German law conference (Deutscher Juristentag) which usually consults the government in upcoming legal issues. They are responsible for all legal issues in the project and provide profound legal analyses especially regarding privacy law problems