WEKIT project is a partnership of leading organisations in European research, technology and industry. The Project consortium represent six European countries including those from the Northern, Central, West, and Southern regions, spreading to three time zones from west to east.
The partners include: GFT Italia S.r.l. (coordinator), Europlan UK ltd, Oxford Brookes University, Ravensbourne, University of Tromsø, Open University Netherlands, Aachen University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Clear Communication Associates Ltd., Lufttransport AS, Ebit Aet ESAOTE Group, and ALTEC SpA.
Striving to always improve technological expertise, innovative strength and premium quality for more than 25 years, the GFT group operates from 32 offices in eight countries with about 2.000 permanent employees and 1.000 freelance IT consultants. The strategic locations for participation in European research projects are Germany, Italy and Spain: these countries hosts GFT innovation houses as well as software development teams.
Based in Germany, the GFT Group serves as a strategic information technology partner, which helps companies to optimize their business processes with intelligent and innovative IT solutions and highly skilled specialists, and to transform cutting-edge technological developments into future-proof business models. In the finance sector, the Group’s operating division GFT Solutions is among the world’s leading IT service providers.
GFT’s customer base is world-class: over 250 enterprises rely on our solutions, including 15 global market leaders, including: BNP Paribas Fortis, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Barclays, Santander, Allianz, Mapfre, Deutsche Post, DHL, Royal Mail, Alstrom, Daimler, Fujifilm, Johnson and Johnson, ThyssenKrupp, Costa Crociere, GDF Suez, Brico, Metro, ERG, Terna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Autostrade per l’Italia, GE, and Fassa Bortolo.
Europlan is a UK-based company, providing effective support at all stages of the innovation cycle, including training, evaluation, management, communication, commercialisation and technical consultancy. The company also pursues in-house research and development activities, which lie primarily at the intersection of ICT and education & training. Europlan has three representation offices in Belgium, Sweden and Norway, and active representation in Hungary and Italy.
Europlan participates as a partner and independent evaluator in a number EU, nationally funded and other projects (e.g., FP7 ReFLEX, FP7-EYE, BRIDGE, CONCERT-Japan, Pollinova). The company has staff with a broad background in information and communications technology who are experienced in building partnerships, project management, and delivering training to professional experts. Europlan has recently established research labs, one of which (ICT in Education and Training). Its personnel has research background and experience with technology-enhanced training.
Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation. It has been named the best modern university in England by the Sunday Times University Guide eleven years in a row and employs approximately 2500 staff of which 1300 are academic.
The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University contains around 30 academic staff and has an excellent reputation for research with 85% of its output judged to be internationally leading in the last UK research assessment exercise. It includes experts on decision support systems and other forms of artificial intelligence, as well as human computer interaction, computer security, and mobile computing. The School of Health and Social Care also conducts high quality research in a variety of areas including cancer care and diabetes.
OBU with its research group on Performance Augmentation seek to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance. It is the mission to embed knowledge directly into what people experience, enriching the world beyond the visible to allow the creation of novel and powerful forms of feedback on performance – using augmented reality and wearables.
Ravensbourne is a world-class specialist higher education institution located in the heart of London that offers innovative, industry-focused courses in digital media and design. Ravensbourne’s core philosophy is to provide a future sensitive and collaborative environment dedicated to design-led technological innovation, skill focused teaching, and applied research. Ravensbourne has a strong track record in graduate employability and business creation, and produces highly employable and enterprising graduates. It also hosts, alongside its student community, more than 100 creative technology businesses that utilise its leading edge technologies, media resources. These incubated businesses also collaborate with its student body and industry partners.
Ravensbourne is investing in a Rapid Innovation Lab that combines advanced electronics prototyping with industry standard fabrication techniques and additive manufacturing methods. The lab focuses on working with businesses to deliver hands-on creative and technological development of ideas into products, testing new products before market launch and developing production skills for companies and engaging students through live industry and research briefs. The lab utilizes a full ecology and production pipeline; production processes range from rapid prototyping methods including low-fidelity prototyping, 3D printing, electronics prototyping through to software development and data visualisation to feasibility/alpha/beta and user testing. The overall aim is to remove fragmentation between design, computing and engineering processes to generate a rapid and effective workflow.
The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø (UiT), with its 12000 students and 2700 staff members, is the northernmost university of the world. Teaching is research-based and the academic community in Tromsø is highly international. UiT’s seven faculties offer a broad range of study programmes. This project is conducted at the Department of Engineering and Safety (IIS). The department has around 550 students and around 70 members of staff. Bachelor programmes at the department include: process and gas technology, nautical science, automation technology, safety and environment, societal safety and aviation (pilot education). In addition, the department has 4 research groups.
WEKIT project is hosted specifically by ‘Human factors in High-North’ interdisciplinary research group at the University of Tromsø. The objective of the group is to contribute towards enhancing safe and effective operations in the arctic by studying strengths and weaknesses in human cognition, physiology, behavior, learning, communication, co-operation and interaction.
The Open University develops and provides open higher distance education. There is a special focus the use of new ICTs and teaching/learning methods to provide effective, efficient, attractive and accessible lifelong learning facilities and education to the Dutch citizens. Within the Open University, the Welten Institute (formerly known as CELSTEC) (Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology) integrates expertise in the learning sciences and technology-enhanced learning. The mission of the Welten Institute is to improve learning and knowledge building at work, at school, at home and on the move by combining state-of-the-art knowledge in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new Information and Communication Technologies.
New technologies and approaches to learning and innovation are extensively tested in our laboratories and in practice. The core activities of the Welten Institute are research, innovation, education and training. The project will be conducted by members of the Technology-Enhanced Learning group at the Welten Institute. The group has a special focus on electronic learning environments, particularly linked with mobile, ambient, and social media and combines expertise in the areas of pedagogical scenarios for learning and learning support, interoperability, learning management systems, virtual learning environments, social media mash-ups (personal learning environments), social and situational awareness, usability, as well as expertise related to content authoring, content management, workplace learning, and lifelong learning at large. OUNL/Welten Institute has been an active coordinator and participant in numerous European research projects from FP5 – FP7 as well as Horizon 2020.
RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is divided into 9 faculties, including the medical faculty. Currently around 40,375 students are enrolled in over 130 academic programmes. The number of foreign students (6,395) substantiates the university´s international orientation. Every year, more than 5,800 graduates and 750 doctoral graduates leave the university. Approximately 512 professors as well as 4675 academic and 2443 non academic colleagues work at RWTH Aachen University. The university budget amounts to 884 million Euros, of which nearly 445 million Euros are funded by third parties. Moreover, special field research, 27 graduate colleges, among them 15 founded by the German Research Foundation, 16 affiliated institutes with strong industrial alignment illustrate the university´s considerable research potential.
The Chair of Informatik 5 (Information Systems & Database Technology, http://dbis.rwth-aachen.de) from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Informatics, and Mathematics, is headed by Prof. Matthias Jarke. Its research topics include community information systems, data management and analysis, technology enhanced learning, serious games, mobile applications and services, and cloud computing. Informatik 5 was a core partner of the EU NoE PROLEARN in technology enhanced learning and is core partner in the EU NoE GALA in serious games. Recently, it has been involved in many EU projects: in the FP7 IP LAYERS about scaling up informal learning solutions as leader of the software architecture and integration work package, in the FP7 IP ROLE as technical leader and community facilitator, in the FP7 SA TEL-MAP, in the EU LLP projects TELLNET and METIS as well as the TEMPUS projects SAGE about integrating serious games in IT educations on the bachelor level.
The Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) group, part of Informatik 5, is presented in detail at http://dbis.rwth-aachen.de/cms/research/ACIS/.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. VTT has a national mandate in Finland. We use our research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners. We serve both private and public sectors. We have 73 years’ experience supporting our clients growth with top-level research and science-based results.
We develop new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovative services. We cooperate with our customers to produce technology for business and build success and well-being for the benefit of society. We use over 1,000,000 hours of brainpower a year to develop new technological solutions. The benefit you gain from this spearhead research comes when we work with you to create new products, production processes, methods, and services. VTT ensures efficient utilisation of science and technology with the aid of broad international cooperation and networking.
VTT has been granted an ISO9001:2008 certificate, and our environmental system is certified in accordance with ISO14001:2004. VTT is part of Finland’s innovation system and operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
CCA, based in UK and with sub-offices in Italy and Portugal, is a multi-disciplinary consultancy in managing information, innovation and changes in business models and in business conditions (including needed capacity development and diversification). It was set up in 1984 by collaborating researchers in artificial intelligence, from Open University UK and University of Edinburgh, to handle the research element of innovative projects in areas nowadays called technology enhanced learning (TEL), knowledge management and information systems. Today we would categorize such projects as business-to-consumer, business-to-business, city-to-city, ecosystem-to-ecosystem. Its current projects are cross-disciplinary and its clients and partners include public and private sector. Its associates include interface designers, venture capitalists and knowledge brokers, as well as academics (professors, researchers) specialising in such areas as capacity development for agile manufacturing ecosystems, innovation, entrepreneurship, e-skills, e-knowledge, HCI and evaluation. CCA researchers have much relevant experience of cross-disciplinary supporting roles in projects (for example requirements, technology management, knowledge media, technology-enhanced learning, school-industry collaboration, technology-transfer and research dissemination).
CCA works with clients to co-develop, then execute, strategies for anticipating and interpreting knowledge needs and flows, for example to increase city-level resilience or to prepare for societal-level change (as with the Industrial Internet of Things). CCA then helps clients to respond to those needs and flows in ways that use advances in areas close to TEL such as Knowledge Management, Open Innovation and Road Maps, to improve the performance of systems for knowledge dissemination, exploitation and refinement, for example in education, training, updating, decision support, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Lufttransport AS was founded in 1955 as an independent company in aviation. The company is emerging as a leading Nordic airline within special operations, with continuous emergency services with aircraft and helicopters as a main area for business.
Luftransport AS operates within the following main areas: air ambulance (aircraft and helicopters), charter flights out of Svalbard, harbour pilot shuttle with helicopter, scheduled passenger flights with helicopter, search and rescue operations in Svalbard.
The company has long gained a very broad level of experience among technical, operational and administrative personnel and is well regarded and established in the market.
Over the years Lufttransport has pioneered the work with flight safety improvements. Lufttransport was the second civil operator in Europe to obtain civil aviation authorities (CAA) approval for operations with night vision goggles (NVG). From the NVG operations, and other parts of the operations, a comprehensive culture and system for training and learning has evolved both with technical and operational personnel. Lufttransport also holds CAA approvals for technical personnel training and courses, and pilot training and type ratings.
Lufttransport is located with headquarters in Tromsø – Norway and has in addition 10 maintenance and operating bases across the country. The company has a total of 320 employees including 85 maintenance technicians. The Government of Norway is the biggest contractor of Lufttransport. In 2013, Lufttransport accumulated approximately 12,000 flight hours and transported approximately 12,000 patients. Lufttransport operations are ranging over 13 aircrafts and 10 helicopters.
EBIT s.r.l. is an ESAOTE group company, 100% owned by Esaote S.p.A, focused on the design, sales, distribution, installation, start-up and service of software systems, hardware systems and IT- networks for the management of data and images in medical and healthcare environment.
EBIT S.r.l. offers the most complete Healthcare IT systems for the workflow management of the Radiology and Cardiology diagnostic process in the widest enterprise IT networks, implementing Structured Report, 3D/4D and Mobile technologies.
Due to EBIT’s systems interoperability they work with any devices on the market, providing a unique opportunity to have a direct feedback from end-users to enhance EU products.
EBIT s.r.l. is an ESAOTE group company, 100% owned by Esaote S.p.A. Esaote is one of the world’s leading producers of medical diagnostic systems and internationally acknowledged to be the world leader in dedicated MRI. The Esaote Group is also one of the main players in the sector of Information Technology for healthcare. The footprint of Esaote is sealed in the history of biomedical innovation and in the relationships that have led to change the world of diagnostics at an international level. Ranked among the top ten groups engaged worldwide in the field of diagnostic imaging, today Esaote is expanding its areas of expertise from diagnosis and prevention to treatment and follow-up, thus strengthening its position also in the Interventional sector.
ALTEC S.p.A. (Advanced Logistics and Technological Engineering Centre) – founded by the Italian Space Agency, Alenia Spazio and ICARUS – is a joint venture between public and private bodies whose current “core business” is the provision of support services for the operations of the International Space Station, while offering wide range of services for station’s users and developing application services based on space infrastructures.
ALTEC is the Italian center of excellence for the provision of engineering and logistics services to support operations and utilization of the International Space Station and the development and implementation of planetary exploration missions. Nowadays ALTEC is structured as a Centre able to manage and execute on-line and offline monitoring and control of manned systems interfacing with NASA and ESA Control Centre while enlarging its competence as “specialist centre” dedicated to the generation of “user’s products” in areas related to the Earth Observation and Navigation fields. Other field of activity within the company’s mission is represented by outreach and support to educational initiatives for what concern the aerospace matters, with particular attention to the ISS and space exploration.
ALTEC is also developing its Virtual Reality Laboratory in order to support the programs and research project already ongoing in the company, but also to put the basis for new researches, projects and collaborations.