|Media Interaction Lab (Coordinator)
FH OÖ Forschungs- & Entwicklungs GmbH
|FlexEnable (former Plastic Logic)
The Media Interaction Lab is the leading Austrian research lab in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. As part of the Department for Interactive Media of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg, the Lab integrates research and education and provides students with a project-based learning environment. Both undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from our University and abroad carry out projects in the lab. Students can undertake projects in the lab as part of their studies or alternatively work in the lab as an extracurricular activity. Currently, the lab is working on a range of projects in collaboration with industry and academia. Over the past six years, the research group has mainly focused on exploring the potential of Interactive Environments as a medium for dramatic experience. The lab’s research has three main focuses: exploring novel interface technologies, developing new interaction techniques, and evaluating user interfaces. In FLASHED, the Media Interaction Lab will primarily develop the natural user interface based on the FLASHED technology. With the strong HCI experience, the lab will also support the project during the empirical research studies.
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. is the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. Research topics are amongst others “safety and security”, “information and communication”, or “environmentally friendly production”. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research located in Würzburg, Germany, is one of the most experienced institutes with respect to sol-gel materials and hybrid material concepts. It investigates and optimizes materials to provide new solutions for topics like: coatings for finishing, materials for energy storage and saving, smart materials, and materials used in the field of life science (diagnostics and therapeutic materials). The needs of the industrial customer form the guideline of the material development of Fraunhofer ISC taking into consideration the function, the processing and the scalability of the material as well as legally and economic aspects.
For a decade, the institute has been developing materials for printed electronics, such as dielectrics and barrier materials, and, finally, for printed sensor applications. This expertise is used in the FLASHED project to create novel sensor concepts, touch screens and interface technologies. The knowledge is amplified by fruitful long-time co-operations with Joanneum Research, Austria, and other renowned research institutes and technology driven companies.
About JOANNEUM RESEARCH
JOANNEUM RESEARCH is a professional innovation and technology provider with a track record of 30 years in cutting-edge research at international level. It focuses on applied research and technology development, thus playing a key role in technology and knowledge transfer in Styria. JOANNEUM RESEARCH actively cooperates with the business and public sectors to generate new innovations and carries out application-oriented research and development projects to promote technology transfer to industry. It´s strengthens its activities as a professional innovation and technology provider with a focus on applied research and technology development.
Institute for Surface Technologies and Photonics: Our team of around 60 researchers provides interdisciplinary solutions across the entire value chain – from the idea to the prototype – using cutting edge technologies and methods based on miniaturisation, integration and materials optimisation. Combined with state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure we offer innovative solutions and services tailored to the needs of business and industry. More than 20 years of close cooperation with leading research institutions such as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Austrian based Graz University of Technology or the University of Leoben enable us to continuously improve and extend our portfolio of expertise.
About Microsoft Research
Microsoft Research is one of the leading research organizations in the world. The research lab in Cambridge in UK was established over 15 years ago and brings research expertise into novel sensors, signal and image processing algorithms and human computer interaction. The Interactive 3D technologies (I3D) group and the Computer Vision group, the two groups that will be engaged within the FLASHED project, have already been responsible for projects such as the Kinect body tracking algorithms, the Microsoft Touch Mouse (a mouse with a curved multi-touch sensor), the Microsoft Surface and the Sensor-in-Pixel touch display. This level of expertise ranges from the underlying hardware design through to the user experience.
We have created a suite of partnership offerings to enable access to our technology and technology transfer: MaterialsEnableTM, ProductEnableTM and FabEnableTM offer customers a range of possibilities according to their requirements. With a strong IP portfolio and a unique, scalable organic electronics manufacturing process, we can rapidly accelerate your route into plastic electronics and your achievement of a truly differentiated product offering.FlexEnable has been launched to build on the world’s best and industrially proven flexible electronics technology platform. This platform combines stable high performance transistors with passive elements to create truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. With over a decade of experience, IP development and technology awards, FlexEnable works together with customers to drive innovation across flexible sensors, smart systems and video-rate displays. FlexEnable’s proven technology platform enables new mobile products, wearables, surface displays and imaging systems.