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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha: All Projects
FOCAS: FP7-ICT-2011.9.12 Goals: The FOCAS project is a coordination action which aims to integrate, coordinate and help increase visibility to research carried out in the FOCAS FET Proactive Initiative and in research fields related to collective adaptive systems. FOCAS will also provide a positive interface between scientists and the science-aware public, showing how research into collective adaptive systems can impact on society. Status: started 1st March 2013
We support: FuturICT: FP7 ICT, FET Flagship Initiative: FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator Goals: The FuturICT flagship proposal intends to unify hundreds of the best scientists in Europe in a 10 year 1 billion EUR program to explore social life on earth and everything it relates to. The FuturICT flagship proposal will produce historic breakthroughs and provide powerful new ways to manage challenges that make the modern world so difficult to predict, including the financial crisis. Status: proposal in preparation
SAPERE: FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.5: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems Goals: The objective of SAPERE is the development of a highly-innovative theoretical and practical framework for the decentralized deployment and execution of self-aware and adaptive services for future and emerging pervasive network scenarios. The framework will be grounded on a foundational re-thinking of current service models and of associated infrastructures and algorithms.
HC2: FP7 ICT Call-5, FET proactive, Goal 8.4: Human Computer Confluence Goals: HCC, Human-Computer Confluence, is an ambitious research program studying how the emerging symbiotic relation between humans and computing devices can enable radically new forms of sensing, perception, interaction, and understanding. HCC is set to produce profound technological and social impact. It is also a deeply interdisciplinary field, spanning a wide range of areas: from the cognitive sciences to computer science,...
SOCIONICAL: FP7 ICT Call-3, FET proactive / Goal 8.4: Science of complex systems for socially intelligent ICT Goals: There are a number of projects that acknowledge the tight entanglement between social and technical systems. SOCIONICAL differs from these project in that it jointly deals with complex systems at three levels: (i) Interacting social entities; (ii) Interacting technical entities; (iii) Interacting socio-technical entities.
OPPORTUNITY: FP7-ICT-2007-C, FET open Goals: The project aims at developing mobile systems to recognize human activity with dynamically varying sensor setups. We refer to such systems as opportunistic, since they take advantage of sensing modalities that just happen to be available, rather than forcing to deploy specific, application dependent sensor systems. Partners: ETH Zurich, UoPassau, IDIAP Status: started February 1st, 2009
PANORAMA: FP7 ICT Call-2, FET proactive / Goal 8.3: Pervasive Adaptation Goals: The goal of PANORAMA is to bring together the wide range of researchers in the Pervasive Adaptation field to build a new community of researchers in the Pervasive Adaptation field who can work together on common goals, so ensuring that the research carried out by members of that community is integrated, coordinated and informed.
Beyond the Horizon: Identify Information-and-Communications-Technology-related research trends and strategic areas that require support.Key areas: Networked Societies of Artefacts, Evolveable Systems, Human Computer Confluence
InterLink: InterLink aims at advancing Europe's knowledge in a number of critical S&T areas, at promoting European solutions and knowledge world-wide and at influencing the way research in these areas would evolve internationally.Homepage:
CoordiNet: The Network of Excellence on Coordination will establish Europe as the International scientific leader in Information Society technologies.
Umedia: The UMEDIA consortium aims at establishing a European Network of Excellence (NoE) in Multimedia Technology.
CRUISE: The Network of Excellence (NoE) CRUISE intends to be a focal point in the planning and coordination of research on communication and application aspects of wireless sensor networking in Europe. Homepage:
BISANTE: User Modelling and Traffic Evaluation for Quality of Service Management in B-ISDN networks
Network Computing (TEMPUS): Establish Network Technologies and develop related case studies: Ethernet, Token Ring, ATM, Internet Protocols. Run-time support for Web-based collaboration.
SchülerInnen entwickeln intelligente Mode (Projektnr. 862250): Bei kids4wearables dient Mode als allgemeines Interessensthema von Kindern und Jugendlichen als Zugang („Vehikel“) zum Innovationsthema Wearable Technologies, wodurch SchülerInnen von fünf Pflichtschulen Einblicke in FTI erhalten und selbst gestalterisch tätig werden können. Sie werden dabei zunächst Techniken des forschenden Lernens entdecken und in der Folge gemeinsam mit den wissenschaftlichen und UnternehmenspartnerInnen selbst Ideen für Wearables entwickeln.
Eye-Controlled Machines: EyeControl aims to create a whole new way of human-machine interaction in complex manufacturing settings, by introducing eye-gaze as a modality of implicit and explicit interaction with industrial machines and processes performed by them.
MinIAttention: Attention Management in Minimal Invasive Surgery: This project will create the foundational, design and operational principles of future, surgeon-friendly minimal invasive surgery operating room information technologies (MIS-IT), which –given the ever growing complexity in surgical workflows, as well as instrument and equipment settings– will have to build on human attention as a scarce resource.
Man and Machines in ICT based Production Systems of the Future: {lang "de"}Produktionssysteme der Zukunft haben eine radikale Individualisierung von Produkten (Lot-size 1) bei gleichzeitiger hoher Flexibilisierung und Kostenreduktion durch Massenproduktion zum Ziel. Eine Schlüsselherausforderung zur Erreichung dieses Zieles ist die symbiotische, kollaborative Zusammenarbeit zwischen Mensch und Maschine in der Fabrik der Zukunft. Diese Projekt schlägt eine aufmerksamkeitgesteuerte Selbstanpassung zukünftiger IKT basierter Produktionsanlagen vor, die -im Gegensatz zu...
Raising attention: Goals: “Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy”. Our society has evolved from suffering from information scarcity in the early 1990s to a society in which human attention has become one of the rarest and at the same time most valuable resources. This project has the overall ambition to reduce the information overload by initiating a general redesign of human computer interaction by making automatic information systems...
360Light Experiencing panoramic content in public spaces: Goals: High resolution, internet enabled, interactive display systems have become broadly deployed in public places, mostly for location specific announcement and commercial advertisement purposes - often referred to as SmartLight displays. 360Light attempts at combining cutting edge research in self-aware, adaptive and intelligent display systems, with high resolution 360° video capturing and streaming, and device free interaction principles and modalities.
PowerIT: FFG Call: FIT-IT Embedded Systems & Semiconductors, 2nd Call Goals: This project will investigate on potentials to reduce energy inefficiency by the development of methods and solutions based on implicit user interaction. Methodologically, it will attempt to exploit opportunistic sensor configurations to establish context information, in order to avoid standby losses of electronic equipment, machines and appliances.
DISPLAYS: FFG Call: Research Studios Austria Goals: The objective is the development of a highly-innovative framework for the networked, decentralized operation of heterogeneous, long-lived and adaptive DISPLAY services. Partners: EPAMEDIA, CocaCola Österreich, Enterprise Sports Promotion, Geodan Salzburg, OÖ. Theater und Orchester GmbH Folder: [pdf, 295kb] Status: started December 1st, 2008
Power Saver: FFG Call: Neue Energien 2020 (klima+energie fonds) Goals: The PowerSaver research project proposes a power management solution based on sensors for activity and context recognition, in order to avoid standby losses of electronic equipment, machines and appliances. It builds on an automatic (or implicit) switching of stand-by modes of these devices, based on the recognized or anticipated situation (rather then forcing users to explicitly switch among those modes).
SPECTACLES - Autonomous Wearable Displays: SPECTACLES project aims at creating a autonomous computing platform that is integrated into the frame structure of glasses. The system includes components for communication, interaction and sensing to support different applicatoin areas.
Wireless Campus: Wireless Campus concentrates on establishing wireless networking infrastructure for the whole university campus.
MobiLearn: This nationally funded research project provides a platform for electronically supported learning- and teaching-processes in tertiary education facilities.
JKU Learning Networks: This nationally funded research project investigates ICT support for context-aware learning in mobile teams at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.
FIT-IT Advisory Group Embedded Systems: The Embedded Systems action of BMVIT is dedicated to integrating disciplines into a research programme that carries computer, physical, chemical and biological sciences and engineering from the laboratory bench to the Austrian information technology production line, and industrial insight from the production line to the bench.
VRIO - Virtual Reality I/O: Speech recognition unit for natural interaction with immersive and pervasive multi-user cooperative environments
Parallel Simulation Techniques: Development and implementation of simulation model partitioning techniques for parallel execution (Meiko CS-2)
Parallel Simulation of Very Large Office Workflow Models: Simulation of workflow models of complex business organizations with more than 106 objects of work, 103 agents and 102 organizational units.
Distributed Simulation of Petri Nets: Design and implementation of a distributed simulation engine for Petri nets on distributed (Intel iPSC/860, Transputer) and shared memory (Sequent Balance) machines.
CAPSE: Tools supporting performance oriented parallel program development with focus on model based performance prediction.
MATCH: Applicability of parallel and distributed discrete event simulation techniques to timed Petri net models. Workflow modelling using high level nets. Tools for the rapid prototyping of parallel and distributed applications. Responsible for the Chapter
Distributed Simulation on High Performance Parallel Computer Architectures: Distributed Discrete Event Simulation of Timed Petri Nets (CM-5)
PAPS: Tools for Performance Oriented Parallel Program Development.
MONIT: Event Driven Software Monitoring of Parallel Programs executing on Distributed Memory Machines.
Performance Analysis of Parallel Systems and their Workload: Development of Workload Modelling Methods for Parallel Systems
Parallel Visual Programming: Parallel Visual Programming: Requirements AnalysisDevelopment of Visual Programming Tools.
Distributed Simulation of Multiagent Systems
Computer Aided Instruction: Development of courseware in the authoring system AUTOOL Development of supplementary teaching material
Crowd safety in Mass Events: Goals: The objective of this project is the research and development of crowd safety solutions in the domain of (urban) mass events. It was found that many crowd disaster - such as the 2012 Duisburg Loveparade disaster - could have been avoided given better management structures and warning systems. The project aims to develop a complete solution to support event organizers and rescue forces in detecting and counteracting potential dangerous situations in the domain of (urban) mass events.
Recommender System: Goals: This industrial research project with RECTICEL Schlafkomfort GmbH -Schlaraffia addresses the problem of getting the right sleeping product according to the body shape. The aim of the project was to develop a body classifier. The approach that is used in this project is depth image sensor data as input for body classification algorithms. This contact free body measurement solution is steering the product recommendation for the customer.
FACT: This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany aims at developing systems which are able to manage themselves and adapt to their environment.
Autonomic Peer Systems: This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany provides a basis for situated spontaneous interaction of mobile devices in decentralized ad-hoc scenarios.
TA Cube: Aims at creating a protoype of a universal remote control for aonDigitalTV in cooperation with the Research Studios Austria and the Telekom Austria.
Digital Aura: "Digital Aura" proposes a "spontaneous interaction" thought model, in which things start to interact once they reach physical proximity to each other
Digi Scope: With DigiScope, the user is handling a holographic display tablet just like a six degrees of freedom window that opens a view into the virtual world. The tablet is an optical see-through display which allows for a very natural viewing and scene inspection.
Context Framework for Mobile Devices: This industrial research project with Siemens AG Germany deals with the encapsulation of heterogeneous context information in a generic framework for mobile context-aware applications.
Digital Graffiti: Digital Graffiti are messages that can be placed at any location in the real world and addressed to any recipients who are not only identified by (phone) numbers. They specify their visibility by time and are only perceivable in a given context.
INSTAR: The Johannes Kepler University of Linz, the Future Lab of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz and Siemens Munich are developing an innovative approach for future car navigation systems.
WebWall: WebWall is a framework that enables anonymous n:n communication via shared public displays. By employing a strict separation of I/O technologies from the underlying framework architecture, the system enables access for a range of devices (GSM, Web, eMail)
Web Concept Vienna City Marathon: Web Based Community Information Systems
Real-time Notification Services: Framework for SMS-Services all sorts of SMS based interactions among cellular network operators and their subscribers.
RIPE: The Research Institute for Pervasive Computing, enabled and funded by the Upper Austrian Government, will act as an applied research center involving the Institute for Pervasive Comupting and the IT related Upper Austrian industry.
ACCELERATOR Gmunden: Concept and Feasibility Study for a center for IT Leadership
COOPERATE: COOPERATE investigates new ways of cooperative work and aims at providing know how and infrastructures for multimedia enhanced distributed multi user cooperative work environments.
VROEIG: Evaluation of Economical, Cultural, Social and Political Impacts of Virtual Reality Technology on the Austrian Information Society
Pervasive Computing: New challenges and paradigms for the interaction among users and mobile and embedded computing devices.