Visionair Newsletter #2 – June-July 2012

The First Trans-National Access Projects Have Started

The VISIONAIR infrastructure has an on-going call for project. Any research project from any discipline is invited to use one of the VISIONAIR facilities. These facilities are dedicated to visualization and interaction methods. Four main issues are at the focus:

  1. Scientific visualization (Navigation in big simulation or scanned data sets)
  2. Ultra-High Definition (4K, Stereoscopic 4K or 8K displays)
  3. Virtual Reality (mainly 3D immersive caves)
  4. Augmented collaborative environments (Holography, Augmented Reality, Visual conceptual modeling with OPM)

Every couple of months, a review committee selects the projects to be accepted for hosting by VISIONAIR.

In the two initial rounds of review 46 projects were already received, covering many domains.

If your research activity is non-commercial, and you expect to use high-level visualization, conceptual modeling, and interaction technologies, you are welcome to register on the website and propose your own project.

The research group has to be working in Europe or in an associated country, and the majority of the group must be from Europe or an associated country.

VISIONAIR will support you to carry out your research by:

  1. Helping you with the definition of the project,
  2. funding one return ticket and accommodation for one person in the host facility,
  3. training you to use the facilities, and
  4. providing technical assistance during the execution of you project in the host facility.

VISIONAIR offers 29 facilities. Visit the VISIONAIR website to get more information about these facilities.


DancingQ’12: Dancing across oceans (DQ’12)

Current tools of the digital age enable us to easily communicate with people on the other side of the world in new ways. New contacts create a new culture, new arts create new paradigm.

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 of the performing arts, such as dance or theatre.

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VR Project completed at University of Kaiserslautern

A Project on ‘VR-enhanced continuous improvement of mechanical manufacturing processes’, that was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was completed this spring at the University of Kaiserslautern. The project objectives were the enhancement of the Virtual Reality by CAx-tools, to provide a holistic view on the manufacturing process in Virtual Reality.

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Visualization Virtual Services are online

After an initial phase of adaptation based on VISIONAIR partners’ feedback, the latest version of AIM@SHAPE’s Digital Shape Workbench (DSW v.4) has been turned into VISIONAIR’s Visualization Virtual Services (DSW v.5). The VVSs are now accessible at

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Making GE Vscan pocket ultrasound commercially usable for primary health care

Cranfield University and Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, have recently completed a project that aims to design Product Service System (PSS) models which can be affordably used in primary health care with a particular emphasis on Cost/Benefit analysis.

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Modeling Innovation at Media City UK: A VISIONAIR Joint Research Activity between Salford University and Technion

 Description and objectives

The Modeling Innovation at Media City UK is a VISIONAIR Joint Research Activity between Salford University and Technion. The project aims to create a virtual representation of MediaCityUK (MCUK; see Figure 1) and connect it through lucid interfaces with other media cities around the world. Based on storytelling and experiencing stories, this virtual model will have a representation of all the landmark buildings at the MCUK as well as the Quays, such as the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum, the BBC building, the University of Salford MCUK building and so on, each with a story to tell. This case study will look into the impact of the virtual space on how people collaborate through experiencing these stories and interacting with them.

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The Second VISIONAIR General Assembly at University of Twente, The Netherlands

The first General Assembly (GA) of VISIONAIR was held at University of TWENTE (Netherlands) on february 28 and 29 2012.

70 participants from the VISIONAIR consortium, as well as guests from the scientific board and the scientific policy board joined the two days meeting to exchange ideas about the challenges, opportunities and future steps of VISIONAIR.

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