Partners

 

» Politecnico Di Milano | Milan, Italy – project coordinator

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Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy, and will participate in the project with HOC Lab, a team at the Department of Electronics and Information that involves approximately 15 people with a multidisciplinary background (computer engineering, graphic design, pedagogy, psychology, pedagogy, linguistics). The main focus of HOC research and development concerns innovative applications, multimedia tools, and evaluation methods for e-learning and e-culture. Since late eighties, HOC researchers have been involved in over 20 EC funded projects, coordinating 7 of them, and collaborating with some of the W4ALL partners in 4 of them. HOC has been collaborating with hundreds of educational institutions (from primary to high schools) in Italy and abroad, through a number of innovative e-learning projects using advanced web based authoring tools, 3D collaborative virtual worlds, and technology for embodied interaction. Over 18000 students and 500 classes from Europe, Middle East, and North America have been involved in educational experiences exploiting e-learning technology created at HOC lab. HOC team is currently the coordinator of number of national initiatives and services in the e-learning field (PoliScuola (www.poliscuola.it); Policultura (www.policultura.it); Diploma On Line – DOL (www.dol.polimi.it); Learning for ALL-L4A (http://l4aproject.unile.it).

 

» Universitat Pompeu Fabra | Barcelona, Spain

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (http://www.upf.edu) was established as a public university in 1990. Committed from its beginnings to the pursuit of excellence, it holds 22 undergraduate programs, 91 master courses and 9 doctoral degrees in the fields of biomedical sciences, social sciences and humanities and communication and information technologies. Despite its short history, UPF is at the forefront of research as an internationally recognized contributor to state-of-the art in several of its areas of interest and its translation into academic degrees. Within the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, the Cognitive Media Technologies Group (CMTech) which participates in the project is a small but energetic and fast-growing research group certified by the Catalan Autonomous Government. CMTech is composed by two Associate Professors, eight PhD students and a number of master students that do their master thesis in the context of the research of the group. The group focuses its activities on two main branches: 1) intelligent video analysis focusing on tracking, detection in conventional and advanced image sensors. The group has a mature knowledge in probabilistic techniques of detection, tracking and classifications and also in applying Active Contours to advanced gesture tracking; 2) interaction design and analysis of full-body interactive experiences, essentially for children, and embracing applications in the educational, cultural, entertainment and health sectors.

 

» University of Piraeus | Piraeus, Greece

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The primary purpose of University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC) is to meet the needs of primary and secondary education, adult learning organisations, and enterprises and organizations in the private and public sector on subjects concerning the design, programming and effective control of elearning and net-centric systems in general. In this project, the UPRC is represented by faculty members and researchers who are affiliated to the CoSyLab research group of the Department of Digital Systems. CoSy-LLab members conduct research in the broader area of e-learning with emphasis on the engineering aspect of e-learning based on highly interactive technologies. They have considerable experience in designing technology enhanced learning systems for children and providing multitasking trainings on the effective use of e-learning technologies and web 2.0 tools. They have developed and deployed freeware learning games (e.g. ElBorg), virtual 3D educational world for primary school children (e.g. CoSyWorld for math education), and lately a virtual chemistry lab for interactive smartboards. UPRC has extensive experience in EU funded as well as national projects (as coordinators or WP leaders/par) in the area of e-learning as well as creative learning such as IdSpace, Cal4Ino, EduComics, SafeSocialMedia and EPBCII.

 

» Centro Benedetta D’Intino | Milan, Italy

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Centro Benedetta D’Intino (CBD) is a clinical, rehabilitation and educational center which represent a site of excellence in Italy in the support to children with severe intellectual disabilitie, to their families, and their teachers. CBD also offer theraputic consultancy, evaluation, and interventions to third party institutions. CBD participates in the project with the AAC department (CBD-AAC), specifically devoted to children with communication disability that are due to a wide range of neurological pathologies (cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, developmental dyspraxia). Every year this department serves over 200 children and 1000 “communication partners” (parents, brothers, teachers, 5 per child, in average). The CBD-AAC  team is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC),  a clinical approach born in North America during the seventies to meet the communication needs of people with absence of oral language induced by severe neurological pathologies. The term AAC is also used to denote a set of tools and strategies (e.g., sign language, symbols, pictures, speech generation devices, etc) that a language impaired individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges.  Autonomy of an individual’s communication is central in AAC: the overarching goals of an AAC system should be to provide a means for the individual to say what she wants to say and how she wants to say it, when she wants, and to whom she wants.

 

» Eindhoven University of Technology | Eindhoven, Netherlands

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Eindhoven University of Technology (EIND) in the Netherlands is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology that plays a prominent role at both national and international levels through its research and educational programs. EIND will participate in the project with the Playful Interactions research team at the Industrial Design Department. The department is performs research on and provides education in creating intelligent systems, products and related services in a societal context.

The Playful Interactions Team carries out research into how intelligent play concepts can stimulate movement. Intelligent Playground objects are objects that use advanced technology to react to the interaction with children during play. These objects contribute to the children’s physical, social and cognitive development by providing them with opportunities for free play, and encouraging them to play together and be physically active. Such environments can also play a role in educational contexts such as physical exercise classes. Over the last 5 years they have developed a range of designs for physical activities, including an after school care physical game environment and tangible games for children to practice mathematical skills. The team is involved in various national and international projects related to motivating children and teenagers to physical activity. 

 

» Telecentre-Europe aisbl | Brussels, Belgium

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Telecentre-Europe AISBL is an international nonprofit association of grassroots organisations at the forefront of digital inclusion.

Telecentre-Europe exists to provide Europeans with information skills, motivation and access that they need to benefit from, and contribute to, the knowledge economy. We intend to realize this vision by working with telecentre networks and development partners in every European country. Telecentre-Europe stimulates knowledge-sharing, capacity for impact, and sustainability among telecentres across Europe. This is accomplished both on and off-line, through web-based knowledge sharing and peer support as well as face-to-face workshops and exchanges. Telecentre-Europe also exists  to create a unified voice for telecentres to engage with the EU on the implementation of the Digital Agenda, Lisbon Strategy and Riga Declaration and to participate in other related development agendas.