Visionair Newsletter #1

Visionair Newsletter #1 – December 2011

VISIONAIR is entering its second year of operation with an open CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The VISIONAIR project was opened in a successful kickoff meeting which took place in Grenoble, France during March 9-11, 2011.



All 29 installations of VISIONAIR were represented in an open forum organized as part of the kickoff meeting.
The project, which officially started in February 1, 2011, aims to create a world-class Infrastructure of laboratories across Europe that specialize in various aspects of visualisation and interaction technologies. The project was submitted to the European Commission within the Frame Program 7 – Capacities, in response to the call for project INFRA-2010-1.1.29 “Advanced Digital Visualisation Facilities.

The Enterprise Systems Modeling Laboratory (ESML) is a unique research and education facility at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The educational concept is based on technology-enhanced active and collaborative learning. Students work in teams of variable sizes according to the needs and class size. Teamwork is central in this activity. It emulates real industrial and commercial environments, where no one is a solo performer and no significant achievement can be the result of the actions of any single individual.

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VisioNews from UNIKL

Picture showing our Partner from UCDavis using the Kinect-System in an immersive system.

Distance collaboration project started at University of Kaiserslautern

At the Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Production Systems at the University of Kaiserslautern a project dealing with Virtual Reality enhanced Distance Collaboration has started in October 2011. The project is part of  “ DFG’s International Research Training Group” (IRTG) and directly linked to colleagues from  University of California (UC Davis).

The aim of the project is to connect different immersive systems to analyze and  interact with virtual environments simultaneously. A first step towards a holistic communication and interaction framework for distance collaboration will be realized by the usage of Microsoft’s Kinect, for transmitting 3D video sequences. By using an open software tool, called “VRUI”, the implementation of a depth-recording camera system into a CAVE will be realized. The exploration of the opportunities in communication, which will be provided by this attempt is a subject for further research.

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i2CAT Foundation (Barcelona, Spain)

Nowadays, the mutual exchange of global culture occurs in various ways and very often. One of the most efficient and effective ways of achieving audio-visual collaboration among people is via computer networks, especially if long distances separate them. The i2CAT Foundation has participated in a large number of national and international projects providing connectivity infrastructure, visualization facilities and computational resources with the goal of motivating the spread of cultural events in different fields such as dance or theatre. During the first semester of 2011, i2CAT has closed a national project entitled “ICT in emerging cultural industries”.

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Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS)

Director: Prof. George Chryssolouris
University of Patras, Greece
The Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) has successfully coordinated an FP7 project in the area of Aeronautics, called “Immersive interface technologies for life-cycle human-oriented activities in interactive aircraft-related virtual products –VISION”. This project was finished in June 2011, producing results of high-added value for the industrial practice and academic research.
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The Networked Media Laboratory (NML) at the University of Essex

The Networked Media Laboratory (NML) at the University of Essex is currently exploring on the use of high performance network delivery platforms for the distribution of very high resolution medical images and models to be used in remote training of medical students. Collaborating with the University of Cardiff who are pioneers in computer generated medical images and models at resolutions reaching 3D 4K, the NML is investigating the possibility of distributing these models to educational institutions with medical courses. The first phase being considered is the delivery of content from Cardiff to Essex, where the 3D 4K facility in the NML will be used to present these images and models to students of the Health and Human Sciences department.

The University of Twente

Lightpath demonstration

On December 7th the University of Twente demonstrated the possibilities of a low-latency fibre connection of Surfnet (lightpath) between the University of Twente and the Technical University of Eindhoven. Surfnet is part of the Dutch higher education and research partnership for ICT-driven innovation. The intention of this demonstration is to show the advantages of a low-latency connection in relation to real-time feedback systems.
In this test a Sensable Phantom Omni haptic interaction device at Twente was planned to be linked to a computer in Eindhoven in order to be able to adjust a 3D-model remotely. Real-time visual and haptic feedback will be provided to the operator in Twente. Simultaneously, the same test will be executed from a location in Utrecht to the computer in Eindhoven, only in this case a standard ADSL connection is used to illustrate the differences.

Cranfield University

There is a growing recognition amongst policy makers around the world that innovation is now critical for sustainable healthcare. It needs to be patient-centred, outcome-focussed and shift away from hospitals back to care in the community. That means that we need a system approach to integrate the development of products; technologies; services and organisational structures. Read more


Building Information Modelling (BIM) is recognised as an area of high potential benefit to the construction industry. With the ethos of real world research for real world issues ever present, ongoing research in 3D modelling here at Salford in the University’s state of the art THINKlab is bringing in partners from all corners of the industry to discuss shared projects, plan new research areas and discover the best way forward for the building industry.
In recognition of the potential benefits of BIM Willmott Dixon has established a specialist team to develop a strategy to drive efficiencies through the implementation of Building Information Modelling and Management on their construction sites.Read more