University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Vienna, Austria

University of Applied science Technikum Wien was founded in 1994 and became Vienna’s first university of applied science in 2000. It is the largest technical university of applied science in Austria and offers twelve bachelor's degree and seventeen master's degree programs. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SEC-2007-1.2-01 | Award Amount: 14.83M | Year: 2009

The main objectives of the INDECT project are: to develop a platform for: the registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of all information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of abnormal behaviour or violence, to develop the prototype of an integrated, network-centric system supporting the operational activities of police officers, providing techniques and tools for observation of various mobile objects, to develop a new type of search engine combining direct search of images and video based on watermarked contents, and the storage of metadata in the form of digital watermarks, to develop a set of techniques supporting surveillance of internet resources, analysis of the acquired information, and detection of criminal activities and threats. The main expected results of the INDECT project are: piloting installation of the monitoring and surveillance system in various points of city agglomeration and demonstration of the prototype of the system with 15 node stations, implementation of a distributed computer system that is capable of acquisition, storage and effective sharing on demand of the data as well as intelligent processing, construction of a family of prototypes of devices used for mobile object tracking, construction of a search engine for fast detection of persons and documents based on watermarking technology and utilising comprehensive research on watermarking technology used for semantic search, construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, usenet groups, file servers, p2p networks as well as individual computer systems, building an Internet based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive, and demonstrating its efficiency in a measurable way.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.3 | Award Amount: 12.71M | Year: 2014

Over 2 billion people worldwide have different types, degrees, or combinations of disability, literacy, digital literacy or aging related barriers that impede or prevent use of ICT. Not long ago you could live without access to ICT quite well. However today access to ICT is required for most education, employment, and commerce, and is increasingly required for travel, health, safety, daily living and participation in most of our society. Yet we currently only reach 3 to 15% of these - in developed countries. We cannot socially, economically or politically afford to have this cumulatively large percentage of our society offline going forward. Yet there is no way to reach them with our current model.\n\nProposed is phase II of an effort to create a paradigm shift in eInclusion. Part I was the FP7 project Cloud4all for creating instant, ubiquitous auto-personalization of interfaces and materials based on user needs and preferences. Part II, Prosperity4all, focuses on developing the infrastructure to allow a new ecosystem to grow; one that is based on self-rewarding collaboration, that can reduce redundant development, lower costs, increase market reach and penetration internationally, and create the robust cross-platform spectrum of mainstream and assistive technology based access solutions required. This will be done through a process based on true value propositions for all stakeholders and resulting in a system that can profitably serve markets as small as one, at a personally and societally affordable cost. This infrastructure will use cloud, crowd, game and smart technologies, to bring new players with both low and high technical skills into the development and delivery ecosystem, introduce accessibility as a ubiquitous service, and combine auto-configured access features built into mainstream products with assistive technologies and services to create the rich milieu of options needed to bring this diverse population of populations into our digital future.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENERGY-2007-7.3-03 | Award Amount: 2.73M | Year: 2008

SmartGrids ERA-NET develops transnational research activities to speed up the development of a Smart European Electrical Infrastructure. A necessity for a successful realisation of the European Action Plan Energy Policy for Europe. This will change the European electricity supply with strong consumer response, large scale supplies of renewable electricity and high levels of distributed generation. SmartGrids ERA-NET provides co-ordination of the related research activities within the national and regional public (co)funded RTD. To make a kick start, the consortium already defined three logical issues for joint calls Electrical Transport Systems; Electrical Distribution Systems and Regulatory Issues. SmartGrids ERA-NET creates a network of programme managers, closely connected to policy makers and industry that undertakes joint activities. The objective of SmartGrids ERA-NET is the mutual opening up of the research programmes, research infrastructures and joint activities (calls). The ambition is to establish cooperation beyond the ERA-NET and between RTD managers EU-wide. The work plan foresees 4-step approach: Step 1: Exchange of information Step 2: Strategic activities and best practices Step 3: Implementation of joint activities Step 4: Transnational research activities The Consortium represents National and Regional programmes of 12 European countries, which gives the SmartGrids ERA-NET the critical mass required for successful operations. All members have assigned senior staff to this ERA-NET, who are experienced with home front programmes and international cooperation.

Michaeler F.,University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien | Olaverri-Monreal C.,University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Proceedings | Year: 2017

Vehicular systems that intend to aid the driver to increase road safety and reduce road accidents might differ in the levels of safety provided if they are based on different functioning and visualization concepts. In this paper we present a flexible and adjustable 3-dimensional driving simulator based on Open-StreetMap (OSM) data that integrates Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET) communication capabilities to assess different information paradigms in a lab-controlled environment. Results regarding the proof of concept of the simulator to test new in-vehicle technology validated the proposed approach. The experiments conducted show discrepancies in the driver's environment perception that were determined by the system used and how the information was provided to the driver. © 2017 IEEE.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.7.2 | Award Amount: 3.39M | Year: 2010

More than 2,6 million people in Europe have problems with their upper limbs and therefore many of them depend on Assistive Technologies (AT). As the potential of the individual user is very specific, adaptive, ICT-based solutions are needed to let this population group participate in modern society. Such solutions are rarely available on todays market.AsTeRICS will provide a flexible and affordable construction set for realising user driven AT by combining emerging sensor techniques like Brain-Computer Interfaces and computer vision with basic actuators. People with reduced motor capabilities will get a flexible and adaptable technology at hand which enables them to access the Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) at the standard desktop but in particular also of embedded systems like mobile phones or smart home devices.AsTeRICS will implement a set of building blocks for the realisation of AT:\tSensors which allow the individual to exploit any controllable body or mind activity for interacting with HMI\tActuators for interfacing to standard IT, to embedded systems and to interact with the environment\tAn Embedded Computing Platform that can be configured to combine sensors and actuators to tailored AT-solutions which support the full potential of an individual userThe core of the software suite will be provided as Open Source. The complete system will be affordable for many people who cannot benefit from leading edge supportive tools today.AsTeRICS revolutionises the concept of AT: AT today mostly focuses on a certain task or situation. Due to the growing importance of the PC, AT has been oriented towards standard Human-Computer (HCI) or desktop interfaces. AsTeRICS respects the strong need for flexible, adaptable AT functionalities accompanying people with disabilities away from the desktop, enabling them to interact with a divers and fast changing set of deeply embedded devices in our modern environment.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2011-6.2 | Award Amount: 548.00K | Year: 2012

The overarching aim of the J-ERAcenter is: To contribute to the effective integration of Jordan into ERA, through building the National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) organisational, strategic and human capacities to actively participate in European S&T partnerships and execute large-scale projects in the key area of Renewable Energy, with a view to creating a centre of excellence within Jordan and actively promoting further dissemination and replication in the region. Specifically J-ERAcenter aims: To build capacities in international R&D cooperation and EU project management, by providing targeted training to NCRD staff and researchers and enable them to replicate the knowledge benefiting a wider target group of researchers in Jordan. To strengthen direct links between research teams of NCRD and their EU counterparts and initiate joint R&D initiatives in the area of Renewable Energy, through a series of networking/partnering events and facilitating mobility of researchers. To ensure firm and sustainable implementation of the enhanced capacities at NCRD with a view to promoting the centres international competitiveness and improve its response to socio-economic challenges; through implementing specific internationalisation, visibility, IP and competitiveness strategies (for enhancement of the institutional development strategy), and the implementation of a R&D Cooperation Unit. To promote the visibility and impact of this pilot action, positioning NCRD as a Centre of Excellence for EU-Jordan RTD cooperation, via targeted multiplication and dissemination actions (networking events, info-days, seminars). Jordans leading research centre in Renewable Energy is the main beneficiary and coordinator, due to its high multiplier potential to act as catalyst for integration into ERA, and the importance of RE to both regions. The consortium includes EU partners with complementary expertise in the scientific field (UASTV, UMU) and EU project management (UA).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2009.5.2 | Award Amount: 613.89K | Year: 2010

eHealth, the beneficial application of ICT-based systems and solutions, has been identified as potentially the key enabler to fundamentally improve patient safety in clinical contexts . However, with ICT becoming a mission critical component of healthcare processes, the interoperability of the multitude of systems that together form the eHealth infrastructure of a hospital, region or nation, is becoming a critical factor for a safe and efficient delivery of care. Vendors, users, patients and authorities need to agree on practical solutions to validate and assert the interoperability of eHealth systems by means of appropriate testing and labelling/certification schemes\nThe aim of the HITCH (Healthcare Interoperability Testing and Conformance Harmonisation) project is to involve major stakeholders being already at the heart of Interoperability issues for defining and agreeing on a roadmap to establish a foundation for the Interoperability Conformance Testing of information systems in the field of Healthcare. The project will evaluate existing approaches and propose an achievable Interoperability Conformance Testing foundation deployable starting in 2011. Potential gaps in existing initiatives will be identified, as well as evolutions that should be undertaken over the next five years. The roadmap will thereby identify specific needs in terms of process improvements and tools development along with supporting research.\nThe initial elements of this roadmap will be evaluated in a real-world setting with actual healthcare IT applications, with the goal to verify the immediate next steps of the proposed Interoperability Conformance Testing Roadmap and establish a good level of credibility from to the major stakeholders: vendors, users, patients and authorities.

Pucher R.K.,University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Proceedings - International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation, ISMS | Year: 2015

To perceive the world is a difficult task. This is equally true for robots and humans. Soccer playing robots need to perceive the world in a specific way to be able to shoot goals. Software engineers need to perceive the needs of customers to be able to create easy to use interfaces. The perception system of soccer playing robots does produce strange behavior if unexpected objects are found on the playing field. If an unexpected red object is encountered it will be misinterpreted as ball. Similarly humans often misinterpret information they do not expect. For teaching purposes the simple mechanism of the robots helps students to understand how misinterpretation in the human perception system occurs and how they can be avoided. © 2014 IEEE.

Strohmaier S.,University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien | Zwierzchowski G.,Greater Poland Cancer Center
Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy | Year: 2011

This paper compares the isotopes 60Co and 192Ir as radiation sources for high-dose-rate (HDR) afterloading brachytherapy. The smaller size of 192Ir sources made it the preferred radionuclide for temporary brachytherapy treatments. Recently also 60Co sources have been made available with identical geometrical dimensions. This paper compares the characteristics of both nuclides in different fields of brachytherapy based on scientific literature. In an additional part of this paper reports from medical physicists of several radiation therapy institutes are discussed. The purpose of this work is to investigate the advantages or disadvantages of both radionuclides for HDR brachytherapy due to their physical differences. The motivation is to provide useful information to support decision-making procedures in the selection of equipment for brachytherapy treatment rooms. The results of this work show that no advantages or disadvantages exist for 60Co sources compared to 192Ir sources with regard to clinical aspects. Nevertheless, there are potential logistical advantages of 60Co sources due to its longer half-life (5.3 years vs. 74 days), making it an interesting alternative especially in developing countries.

Wassermann J.,University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2013

This paper presents a new approach for watermarking of digital video providing robustness against MPEG compression. The initial video is decomposed by one-dimensional 2 Level Wavelet Transform. The low pass filtered LL video stream is used for embedding the procedure. Every frame of this sequence undergoes a 16x16 block wise DCT before the embedding procedure is applied on selected coefficients of the spectrum. The embedding algorithm itself is realized by spread spectrum techniques. The watermark bits are substituted by a set of 16 basis images of 2D-Hadamard Transform of the block size 8x8. Instead of embedding 1 or 0 of the watermark the corresponding pattern of basis images are embedded by spread spectrum routine into the selected coefficients of DCT spectrum. The experimental results show that this method seems to be very robust against MPEG compression, adding noise and obtaining low degradation of the host sequence. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.

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