Network of Excellence on Virtual Reality and Virtual Environment Applications
for Future Workspaces

6th Framework Network of Excellence

Funding Organization: European Commission
Funding Programme: IST: Information Society Technologies - Network of Excellence
Dates: September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2008
Duration: 48 months
Project Leader Angelos Amditis
Scientific Responsible
at University of West Bohemia:
Prof.Vaclav Skala 

Project summary

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is still a rapidly evolving and diversifying field. The massive research and development process has reached a degree which makes a pan-European structuring and integrating effort an absolute necessity. In addition, VR technology has started being used to an extent in industrial applications; this has been processed though an unorganised way, lacking of long-term vision and dealing with case-by-case scenarios. Thus, a critical milestone is facilitate the adoption of Virtual Environments (VEs) in industrial processes and assess the impact of its “penetration” into the workplace and everyday life in terms of cost-effectiveness, health hazards and side-effects of the users and its impact on the actual working environment, on an individual and organizational level.

INTUITION’s major objective is to bring together leading experts and key actors across all major areas of VE understanding, development, testing and application in Europe, including industrial representatives, SMEs and key research institutes, universities and major international organisations or associations in order to overcome fragmentation and promote VE establishment within product and process design. Its major objectives include the integration of resources and VR equipment all around Europe, the structuring of European Research Area at VR and the promotion of Europe as a leading force in this filed world wide.

To perform this, a number of activities will be carried out in order to establish a common view of VE technology current status, open issues and future trends. These activities will include integration of human and infrastructure resources, research structuring, spreading of excellence and dissemination tasks. The quite large consortium is controlled by a firm managerial structure. Strong links with National relevant Networks, current National and EU-funded projects and clustering activities with new initiatives as well, will assist in structuring the VR European Research Area.

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Participant Name

Short Name Country
1 Institute of Communication and Computer Systems ICCS Greece
2 Alenia Spazio Alenia Italy
3 Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique CEA France
4 Centre for Research and Technology Hellas CERTH/HIT Greece
5 Universitaet Basel Coat Basel Switzerland
6 C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni CRF Italy
7 Fraunhofer Gessellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.v. FhG-IAO Germany
8 Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique INRIA France
9 University of Nottingham UNOTT UK
10 University of Salford USAL UK
11 Volvo Technology Corporation VTEC Sweden
12 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Finland
13 Advanced Realtime Tracking GmbH ART Germany
14 Alenia Aeronautica ALA Italy
15 Assosiacion pour la Recherche et le Developpment et Processus Industriels ARMINES France
16 BARCO N.V. BARCO Belgium
17 S.C.N.R. TECH S.R.L NR-TECH Romania
18 Centre Lavallois de Ressources Technologiques CLARTE France
19 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique  CNRS France
20 Systèmes D’ information CS France
21 Dassault Aviation Dassault Aviation France
22 EADS Space Transportation GmbH EADS Germany
23 Ecole Nationale D'Ingénierus de Brest ENIB France
24 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL Switzerland
26 Electricite de France R&D EDF France
28 Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas ICS-FORTH Greece
29 Foundation of the Hellenic World  FHW Greece
30 France-Telecom R&D FTRD France
33 Fundacion LABEIN LABEIN Spain
34 Helsiniki University of Technology HUT Finland
35 ICIDO Gesellschaft für innovative Informationssystem mbH ICIDO Germany
36 Institut National de Recherche et de Securite INRS France
37 Italdesign-Giugiaro S.p.A. IDG Italy
38 Max-Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics MPITuebingen Germany
39 University Transilvania of Brasov UTBv Romania
42 Ovidius University of Constanta OVIDIUS Romania
43 PERCRO Scuola Superiore Santa Anna, Pisa PERCRO Italy
44 Poznan University of Economics PUE Poland
46 Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais SNCF France
47 Space Applications Services SpaceApps Belgium
48 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETH Switzerland
49 Technische Universitaet Muenchen TUM Germany
51 Telecom Italia Learning Services S.p.A TILS Italy
54 TNO TNO The Netherlands
55 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid UPM Spain
56 University of Cyprus UCY Cyprus
57 University of Geneva: MIRALab UNIGE Switzerland
58 University of Malaga UMA Spain
59 University of Patras UniPatras Greece
60 University of Sussex UoS UK
61 University Of Twente Twente The Netherlands
62 University of Valencia-Robotics Institute IR-UVEG Spain
63 University of Warwick UoW UK
64 University of West Bohemia Plzen Czech Republic
65 HAPTION S.A Haption France
66 Mercury Computer Systems SARL MCS France

Contact Address:

Prof.Ing.Vaclav Skala, CSc.   University of West Bohemia
Computer Science Dept.
Centre for Computer Graphics and Visualization
Univerzitni 8, Box 314
CZ 306 14 Plzen
Czech Republic
Direct Tel. +420-37-763-2473
Direct Fax. +420-37-763-2457
Tel.secretary: +420-37-763-2461, 2462, 2463
Fax Department: +420-37-763-2402