GraphicsMedia.net workshop in Saclay, Paris

Recently, GraphicsMedia.net organized a network internal workshop at the premises of one of its partners, CEA-LIST, at Saclay, close to Paris.

The workshop was attended by 9 researchers and other staff elements from members CEA-LIST, DFKI, CCG, Vicomtech and HHI, and from GraphicsMedia.net. it followed up on the annual GraphicsMedia.net cooperation workshop held in September last year where 6 innovative project concepts were elaborated by the participants.

The purpose of this workshop was to detail 2 of the aforementioned ideas, with regard to advanced technology for surgery, and specifically targeting open and upcoming H2020 calls for proposals.

New GraphicsMedia.net member: CGAII

CGAII, the Chinese-German Artificial Intelligence Institute, is the newest member of the GraphicsMedia network.

CGAII was founded in 2016, and is located in Zhuhai, China, close to Hong Kong and Macau. The mission of the institute is to be a technology-sharing, talent and culture exchange platform between China and Europe, focusing on technologies and new products that incorporate, namely AI and Computer Graphics. Currently, CGAII employs close to 70 high-skilled researchers and engineers. The research area's are:

  • 3D Digital Reconstruction
  • Computer vision inspection in the industry field
  • AR&VR
  • Intelligent image 3D digital recognition technology
  • Body Tracking & Activity Recognition
  • Visual system development of an intelligent walking robot

The first strategic cooperation that the institute established with a European partner was with another GraphicsMedia.net member, DFKI. The cooperation agreement was signed in May 2017, in the presence of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and China's Prime Minister, Li Keqiang. After its successful implementation and initiation of operations in 2016, CGAII already established a series of strategic cooperations with other GraphicsMedia.net members.

 

CGAII is also closely affiliated with 4dage (www.4dage.com) which acts as the commercialization partner for technology and products developed by CGAII and GraphicsMedia.net partners, and as a hub for R&D and innovation from GraphicsMedia.net into the Chinese market.

World Usability Day 2017

On November 10th, World Usability Day 2017 will take place at Hotel de Guimarães, Guimarães, Portugal. The event is organized by GraphicsMedia.net's partner CCG - Centro de Computação Gráfica.

Ever since 2005, the organizers of this series create a single day of events occurring around the world that brings together communities of professional, industrial, educational, citizen, and government groups for our common objective: to ensure that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use.

This year's edition will focus on automation and HMI in a variety of settings, from the control room to the car.

The event will gather several experts from Germany, Norway, France, the UK and Portugal.

More information on the event, including schedule, venue and registration, at http://wud.eventos.ccg.pt/.

Annual GraphicsMedia.net workshop 2017

On September 7 and 8, GraphicsMedia.net held its annual workshop, 2017 edition. The motto of the workshop was "H2020 - the last mile". 16 researchers and GraphicsMedia.net staff members gathered at Vicomtech's premises in San Sebastián, to learn about various aspects of the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 and to discuss joint project proposal initiatives.

On the first day, all participants gave an overview of their ongoing research and project activities. Following, an introduction to the H2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 and to aspects which are specific to this last Work Programme under H2020 were presented by GraphicsMedia.net, along with a series of topics and calls for proposals that are of interest to the participating institutions and research departments. Non-mainstream funding schemes and opportunities were addressed, too. Another much appraised session was dedicated to "best practices in preparing a successful H2020 project proposal", presented by Seán Gaines of Vicomtech. Researcher exchange opportunities within the network were also identified and discussed. Finally, GraphicsMedia.net demonstrated "CAT", its "CORDIS Analytics Tool" which is the basis for a new set of services to members but also external R&D institutions and companies.

The second half of the afternoon of day one and the morning of day 2 were dedicated to working sessions in which the researchers, split into 2 groups, discussed and developed 6 joint project ideas targeting specific upcoming calls in the aforementioned Work Programme, to be developed further over the next months under the coordination of GraphicsMedia.net. Additionally, 3 ideas for new joint White Papers, to be promoted and published under the umbrella of GraphicsMedia.net, were also initiated.

In parallel to the working sessions, GraphicsMedia.net's Supervisory Board held a meeting in which several topics were discussed, such as the status of pending new membership applications, the development of new internal initiatives like the "SME Cluster" and GraphicsMedia.net's new internal Information Base, and our participation in the upcoming Proposers Day on November 9 and 10 in Budapest.