Projects


Centre for Informatics and Society

A new established centre to deal with subjects of informatics and society. This is an initiative of the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology.


SUBURBAHN

The SUBURBAHN LAB offers a specific initiative to the debate on innovative building and mobility solutions in suburban areas. In a pilot project in Ansfelden, Linz this will be addressed and explored. Based on the Living Lab approach, basics for the future structures of the test and demonstration area will be created. This also includes the development of a toolbox, including the development of a technology- and innovation-portfolio with scenarios for the implementation of projects and innovations.


ReHABITAT-ImmoCHECK+

ReHABITAT-ImmoCHECK+ develops the conceptual basis of a gender and age sensitive set of instruments for illustrating the development potential of vacant or not fully occupied single-family detached houses. This potential can be generated by re-densification and by fostering innovative forms of living together. Furthermore this set of instruments permits an assessment of the houses.


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RAUCHFREI für mich und mein Kind

RAUCHFREI aims to support pregnant women to quit smoking. Therefore guidelines and prototypes for persuasive mobile applications are developed, implemented, and evaluated. The project is in cooperation with the “Hauptverband der Sozialversicherungsträger” and the “NÖGKK”.


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FETCH

FETCH: Future Education and Training in Computing: How to Support Learning at Anytime Anywhere is a European Thematic Network (ETN) within the Lifelong Learning Program consisting of 67 university and company partners in 35 European countries and coordinated by the University of Ruse, Bulgaria. FETCH was ranked first out of eight Erasmus academic networks approved by the European Commission. Specific project objectives are: To develop a European Strategic Framework for Computing Education and Training 2020 (ESFCET-2020), to develop a European Evaluation Framework in Computing Education and Training 2020 (EEFCET-2020), the preparation of recommendations for future  digital curricula in Computing Education and Training 2020, to develop new didactical theories and learning models for using social media education.


Design Thinking

Design Thinking is an attitude to design. It is an approach. It does not aim to optimize the existing systems, processes, and artifacts, rather it tries out to reach out for possibilities and for future settings. The design process we have established in our group so far is iterative and user centered by supporting creativity and innovation. Our team designs together with future users for future use.


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RE:ACTA

Das internationale Rote Kreuz hat die Erhöhung der Resilienz der Bevölkerung und von Freiwilligen als eine der großen Herausforderungen im Krisen– und Katastrophenmanagement deklariert. Um diesen Herausforderungen entgegenzutreten setzt das Projekt RE-ACTA vor allem auf den Einsatz neuer Medien für einen optimierten Einsatz der Freiwilligen des Team Österreich des Roten Kreuzes. Bei der Prozessentwicklung wird sowohl auf die Bedarfsträger- und Benutzeranforderungen als auch die rechtliche Legitimität des Einsatzes eines solchen Crowd-Tasking Tools mit Schwerpunkt auf Haftungs– und Datenschutzaspekte geachtet.
Die entwickelten Prozesse sollen nach ihrer Umsetzung in ausgereifte Softwarelösungen das Management der Freiwilligen im Team Österreich erleichtern und Validierungen von Entscheidungen im Einsatzfall ermöglichen. Die Prozesse und Werkzeuge sollen auch für andere Bedarfsträger im Bereich der Einsatzkräfte, wie zum Beispiel Freiwillige Feuerwehren, das BMLVS etc., einsetzbar sein.


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Topic

TOPIC is a European Research Project under the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme conducted by a consortium of 10 partners from both academia and industry in Austria, France and Germany. Our consortium aims to support informal carers in their daily needs. We provide an integrated set of online-shared spaces and services to support the physical and mental care ability of informal carers by enabling learning and orientation about care at home. We strive to offer a platform for informal carers’ cooperation with formal carers, by improving, integrating, and making mobile multimodal communication easier and accessible. We facilitate exchange between informal carers and other informal carers, friends, or family members.


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kommTUi

Object-based, interactive communication to support social exchange  of older people
The aim of this project is to design and develop a communication technology to support communication and social interaction of older people in a non-stigmatizing way. In recent years the technical development of computer systems and mobile devices went on quickly, but the interface with which these devices are operated, mostly remained unchanged. Classical input devices like mouse and keyboard or small mobile phone keyboards turn out to be a great challenge for the elderly. New technologies with innovative user interfaces can help to support communication and social interaction of the growing number of older people.


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IPCity

The research aim of the IPCity project is to investigate analytical and technological approaches to presence in real life settings. Analytically, this includes extending the approaches to presence accounting for the participative and social constitution of presence, the multiplicity and distribution of events in time and space. The vision of the IPCity project is to provide citizens, visitors, as well as professionals involved in city development or the organisation of events with a set of technologies that enable them to collaboratively envision, debate emerging developments, experience past and future views or happenings of their local urban environment, discovering new aspects of their city.


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ATELIER

The Atelier project (architecture and technology for inspirational learning) aimed at making a contribution to our understanding of inspirational forms of learning and to building augmented, mixed media environments. The project was carried out by a multidisciplinary consortium of social scientists-ethnographers, computer scientists-systems designers, and practitioner-users from the field of architecture and interaction design. The two practice settings of inspirational learning environments that formed the basis for observation, design and evaluation were chosen to be complementary. One was a ‘traditional’ master-class environment in architecture in Vienna. It was complemented and contrasted by the setting of a new-media-oriented, interaction design, master studio program in Malmšö.


DESARTE

The observation that lies at the heart of DESARTE and our vision for a useful electronic support environment for designers and architects is a tension between ways of seeing, using, and organising materials, the limitations of physical objects in physical space, and the potential of electronic visualisation, communication, and data storage technologies. We explore this under the metaphors of Wunderkammer and Manufaktur.


Wunderkammer

The design rationale of the Wunderkammer is based on fieldwork revealing the relevance of and need for inspirational objects throughout the design process. Inspirational objects assist the designers in their effort to form, develop, and communicate design concepts. Most of them are images, but their nature and sources are varied and so are the ways of collecting them. It is our aim to support the archiving and discovering of inspirational objects and to facilitate their movement to and from the Wunderkammer to integrate with the flow of the work.


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Kooperative Planung

Pilotprojekt zur Entwicklung eines computergestütztes Kommunikations- und Entwurfsraums zwischen Architekten und Herstellern. In diesem Projekt geht es um die Entwicklung einer Kommunikationspraxis, einschließlich einer diese unterstützende technisch-organisatorische Umgebung, die Architekten hilft, den Lösungsraum für ihre Projekte zu erweitern. Hersteller wiederum sollten darin unterstützt werden, ihre Angebote an vielfältige und variierende Anforderungen anzupassen. Zur Ermöglichung der Kommunikationsverdichtung wurde im Rahmen des Projektes ein Anforderungsprofil für im Internet angebotenen Produktinformationen entwickelt, das auf die Informationsbedürfnisse von Architekten abgestimmt ist.


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Flexible Standardisierung

Möglichkeiten der computerunterstützten Integration von Design und Produktion am Beispiel Architektur. Zielsetzung des Forschungsprojekts war es, den Gründen für das Auseinanderklaffen von (architekturtheoretischem) Interesse an den…


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Mentoring4her

Für Mentoring4her suchen wir interessierte Frauen, die als Mentees davon profitieren wollen sowie Frauen und Männer, die in einer höheren Position im IT-Bereich arbeiten und ihre Erfahrungen an…