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Aalto University

EMIL project:
Lighthouse project: Smart Garments
Contact: Prof. Yu Xiao, EMIL Scientific Leader, School of Electrical Engineering
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with 12 000 students and 400 professors. 

Aalto Studios, a university-wide infrastructure at Aalto University, manages the EMIL project. Aalto Studios brings together designers, filmmakers, youtubers, game developers, communicators, performing artists, educators, angel investors, public-sector operators… anyone interested in using and exploring media platforms for their studies, research, and art. The studio’s venues, studios, postproduction units, workshops and services are in use of the FSTP projects. 
Aalto Wearable Systems Lab is a multidisciplinary group working on future wearable devices and applications. Through close collaboration with industrial partners, Aalto Wearable Systems Lab is keen on solving real-life problems with human-centred design approaches and advanced AI, XR and sensor technologies. It also provides facilities for developing and testing prototypes of e-textile-based wearable devices and XR applications and devices.

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg​

Lighthouse project: Location Based XR

Since it was founded in 1991, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg has become one of the world’s leading film schools. Students are taught and mentored by more than 300 highly-qualified experts from the film and media industries. Around 250 films covering a range of genres are created by teams of students each year. The overriding objective of the programme is to prepare students in the best possible way for a successful career in the film and media industries.

The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg has been home to Animationsinstitut since 2002. Animationsinstitut trains outstanding talent at the highest level in the fields of Animation, Visual Effects, Technical Directing, Animation/Effects Producing and Interactive Media. Student projects regularly receive major national and international awards. With its research department, Animationsinstitut plays an important role in innovations for the film and media industry. In addition, Animationsinstitut is responsible for the program of FMX, one of the most important industry events for digital visual arts in Europe. 

Europe’s unique Ludwigsburg Media Campus is spread across two neighbouring sites, which separate the Filmakademie (with its Animationinstitut) from the Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Lighthouse project: AR Magic Lantern

Universitat Pompeu Fabra was established in 1990 as a public university with a strong dedication to excellence in research and teaching. UPF is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just thirty-two years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. UPF is the first Spanish university in the world Top 200, positioned 156th worldwide and 69th in Europe (Times Higher Education ranking THE2022), and ranked worldwide as 15th university under 50 years of age (THE2022) and 1st Spanish universities and 7th among young universities in Europe. In April 2014, it was the 1st Spanish University to obtain the “HR Excellence in Research” distinction. The Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) of UPF initiated its activity in 1999 with the start of the undergraduate studies in Computer Science at UPF. Since then, the Department has grown with the new programs in Telematics/Network Engineering, Audiovisual Systems, Biomedical Engineering (in 2011), Computer Science and Data Science (in 2017). Six research Masters and a Doctoral ICT Program complement the current educational offer. In addition to a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Artificial Intelligence coordinated by UPF in collaboration with Sapienza University, Radboud University and Ljubjana University starting in the academic year 2023-2024. DTIC has an important track record of active participation in EU projects (67 H2020 projects with a total budget for the department of 30 millions EUR). DTIC has a large number of ERC grants (21), it is part of the FET Flagship Initiative The Human Brain Project. It is one of the two Spanish ICT departments that had been awarded the Maria de Maeztu excellence by the Spanish government for the quality and relevance of its pioneering scientific research, and as the top IT research concentration in Spain.

University of Bath

Lighthouse project: Exergaming 

The University of Bath was founded over 50 years ago and is constantly ranked within the top 10 in the country. It has recently been named the University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. The Guardian University Guide also ranked it 5th for alumni career prospects. 

CAMERA at the University of Bath is funded by EPSRC, AHRC, ERDF and Strength In Places (Innovate UK). Our diverse team spans across Computer Science, Health and Psychology. This allows CAMERA to conduct first class multi-disciplinary research that aims to fuse visual computing, immersive technologies, AI and human-computer interaction (HCI) with healthcare, rehabilitation and biomechanics. Among others, we make use of custom production pipelines to facilitate human performance enhancement via a mix of biometrics and immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR). We also have a strong focus on developing people, bridging the gap between postgraduate researchers and established academics.

The CAMERA team provides funded business support, training
and product development expertise to commercial partners. We make our research available to a wide range of industry partners. This also includes running ESIF funded workshops which support >100 creative industry organisations in the use of cutting-edge technologies including motion capture, VR/AR, AI and more efficient associated production pipelines. We also work closely with SETsquared, the World Number 1 business incubator in the UK to provide commercial support to clients who collaborate with regional universities and educate on best practice. 

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