Project Management and Coordination

Work Package 1 (WP1) [Lead: HB]

WP1 deals with the overall management and coordination of the project, which will involve devising, and putting in place, plans and routines to ensure access to the required resources and timely and effective processes that would facilitate the conduct of research. It will also have a monitory role ensure that the project work progresses according to the plans and so that the project resources are invested wisely. It will establish the required communication with the European Commission and will ensure appropriate conduct.

Leader of WP1: Jan Nolin, jan.nolin@hb.se

 

User Needs, Society and Social Inclusion

Work Package 2 (WP2) [Lead: UNIVLEEDS]

WP2 establishes the foundation of the project by engaging with deafblind participants and their representatives to better understand their needs and aspirations and examining policy and practice in the participating countries to identify the barriers to social participation people with deafblindness experience. In this way, the work package will identify specific requirements, constraints and exemplar scenarios that will guide the technical work packages and will also establish the benchmarks against which these work packages can be evaluated and the future potential of the research to be determined.

Leader of WP2: Raymond Holt, R.J.Holt@leeds.ac.uk

 

Data Capture, Translation and Semantic Representation of Environmental Clues

Work Package 3 (WP3) [Lead: CERTH]

WP3 will deal with the extraction and mapping of the inner structure of high-dimensional, environmental clues to low-dimensional spaces, mainly in two or three dimensions, and translate them into haptic signals. Environmental concepts that are semantically equivalent will be grouped in the haptic space, in order to assist users in getting familiarized with the activation patterns of haptic information. Additionally, the derived information will be inserted into an appropriately developed ontology, in order to infer higher-level semantic interpretations.

Leader of WP3: Stratos Kontopoulos, skontopo@iti.gr

 

Perception and Navigation

Work Package 4 (WP4) [Lead: UNIVLEEDS]

WP4 will focus on developing the sensor technology required to provide spatial information about the environment, and integrate this with the face/object recognition algorithms developed in WP3 and the Smart Texile developed in WP5 to form the final Haptic Intelligent Personalized Interface. This will start by developing an array of distance sensors to map out the space in front of the user to identify a feasible array that can be processed in real time while providing suitable fidelity when used in motion. The potential for augmenting this with GPS and inertial data to enrich the information provided will be explored, and the system will then be integrated with object and face recognition algorithms from WP3 to provide information on not only the shape of the space in front, but to locate objects of interest as well. The finalised sensor system will then be incorporated into the smart textile from WP5 to provide the full system for testing in WP6.

Leader of WP4: Brian Henson, B.Henson@leeds.ac.uk

 

Smart haptic interfaces

Work Package 5 (WP5) [Lead: HB]

WP5 will embrace the research, development and production of soft, haptic, textile-based, personalized interfaces in a number of different prototype generations. The hypothesis is that textiles, being the class of material closest to humans playing a role in almost any human activity provide benefits for haptic communication. Textiles, an inherently tactile material, will be explored as an interface also for active, modulated communication using haptic signalling but also employing other means such as temperature. The textile prototypes developed will not be restricted to garments but also include solutions like cushions and interior textiles. Garments but also other types of textiles are highly compatible with being personalized, sizes for different persons being the obvious example here. This personalized perspective will be expanded and taken into account when elaborating on the industrialization of prototypes.

Leader of WP5: Nils-Krister Persson, nils-krister.persson@hb.se

 

Haptic psychophysics and prototype testing

Work Package 6 (WP6) [Lead: TU/e]

WP6 throughout the project, will test human haptic discrimination and recognition performance in psychophysical experiments. At the start, the approach will be rather fundamental and is meant to provide design specifications to other work packages that create prototype interfaces. At later stages, the haptic stimuli tested will become increasingly more sophisticated, going from one-dimensional to multi-dimensional. At all stages, prototype interfaces will be tested with sighted and hearing human volunteers. There will be intense interaction with other work packages.

Leader of WP6: Astrid Kappers, a.m.l.kappers@tue.nl

 

Gamified and Social Interaction

Work Package 7 (WP7) [Lead: HSO]

The aim of WP7 is to develop designs for enriching experiences, gamification of learning and enhancement of social experiences. The process is based on user requirements and will be iterated in an agile development process several times. The solution will feature diverse 3D haptic feedback and potentially also feedback via temperature. It will take into account the potential differences in the understanding of playfulness of different groups of persons with deafblindness.

Leader of WP7: Oliver Korn, oliver.korn@acm.org

 

Dissemination, Knowledge-sharing & Exploitation

Work Package 8 (WP8) [Lead: Harpo]

WP8 will perform an extensive dissemination of the SUITCEYES project results to ensure socio-economic impact and define the exploitation strategy. WP8 aims to build relations with external stakeholders and a larger community around the project and disseminate the project results to gather feedback. As far as exploitation is concerned, it will evolve throughout the whole project duration, running in parallel to the technical activities. The aim is to analyse the environment in which the SUITCEYES results will be used terms of applicability to the targeted user community, conformance to regulations, market opportunities and finally to develop a business strategy able to bring this innovative system successfully into the market. IPR issues will also be managed within this WP. WP8 overviews, manages and combines all dissemination, knowledge sharing and exploitation activities of the project.

Leader of WP8: Joanna Starosta, jstarosta@harpo.com.pl

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