The NavMem consortium consists of seven partners from four European countries. Please click on the individual partners or scroll down for a detailed partner description.
- OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology
- Siemens AG
- Swedish Stroke Association
- Lund University
- Funka Nu
- Roessingh Research and Development
OFFIS, founded in 1991, is an application-oriented non-profit research and development institute related to the Computer Science department of the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Its primary mission is to adopt the findings from basic research, stay in touch with new market demands, and bridge the gap between “basic research” and “application demands” through application-oriented research. At the end of 2011 OFFIS staff counted 280 employees.
OFFIS has expertise in Human-Computer Interaction, specifically non-visual & multimodal interfaces for mobile devices with a strong focus on mainstream accessibility (HaptiMap EU-IP, ENABLED EU-IP, InterMedia, EU-NoE). In the AAL context OFFIS investigates ICT for aging (GAL Lower-Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, Florence EU-STREP).
OFFIS will have a strong contribution to the user interface design. Based on the user-centred design process in this project we will contribute to
- Requirements analysis with respect to special user needs
- Development of user interface prototypes to deliver navigation instructions in accessible forms
- Experiments and evaluations of developed interfaces and prototypes
- Recruiting potential end users for the field trials
- Project management and coordination
Over the past 165 years, Siemens has developed to be one of the leading electrical engineering, electronics and IT companies in the world with 370.000 employees worldwide and EUR 78.296 million sales in the fiscal year 2011/2012. Siemens participates in this project through the Accessibility Competence Center (ACC) which is part of the devision Corporate Technology (CT).
The team of the Accessibility Competence Center (ACC) has more than 15 years of experience in the design of accessible products, the implementation of the concept of “Design for All” in main stream products and the efficient usage of assistive technologies, as well as in supporting customers with different types of impairment. Siemens CT has also a long tradition in the successful participation and co-ordination of various European R&D projects in different fields, especially in the field of accessibility.
Siemens AG Will contribute to this project in the following areas:
- User requirement analysis
- End user recruitment and collaboration with end user organisations
- Planning and execution of end user trials
- usability and accessibility evaluation of prototypes (UCD)
- long term user trials
- business model development
Swedish Stroke Association (SE)
The Swedish Stroke Association is a nonprofit, politically and religiously independent professional organization for those who have had a stroke, family members and others interested. The Association was formed in 1983 with county and local groups all over Sweden. The union has 9500 members and the number of compounds increases all the time. Stroke Association’s tasks is to disseminate knowledge about risk factors, symptoms and consequences to those who have had a stroke, relatives, professionals, and public; actively work on prevention in order to be less ill with stroke; to ensure that those who have had strokes and their families to live a dignified life after stroke; provide support and service to members and strengthening the rights of individuals. The Association is actively working to support and influence on research and development in the area. One of the objectives is that stroke survivors will be able to increase their mobility and quality of life through ease of access to new navigation system technology and location based services.
SSA will contribute to this project by
- Providing access to potential end users in Sweden
- Professionally accompany the field trials
- If necessary take care of the participants after the field trials
Lund University has an extensive experience from EU Research. The university has currently approximately 250 projects running within FP6 (mainly in the areas of Technology, Science and Medicine). The research at the Department of Design Sciences is interdisciplinary and focus on needs analysis, design methods and design principles, while we actively create and study new products and processes in use. Current projects deals with Visualization Methods in the Flexible Reality Centre, The Re/creative Home and Elderly People and Design, to name a few.
Certec is the Division of Rehabilitation Engineering Research, at the Department of Design Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden. The explicit purpose of our research and education is for people with disabilities to achieve better opportunities through useworthy technology, new design concepts and new individualized forms of learning and searching. Certec has actively contributed to a number of European Union research projects (coordinated the HaptiMap FP7 EU project) and will continue to build Member State networks of expertise and cooperation in a variety of rehabilitation and design for all contexts.
Funka started as a project within the Swedish disability movement. Since 2000, Funka is a privately owned company and our close relationship with the disability movement guarantees a unique quality control. Today Funka holds pole position within the field of accessibility in Sweden and is considered as a reference in accessibility in the Scandinavian Countries and is now working in different projects with the European Commission and other countries out of Europe. Funka also works towards standardization and usability at a national as well as at an international level. Today Funka covers, within the field of ICT for different initiatives (egoverment, ehealth, elearning, and einclusion), 80 percent of Sweden’s government authorities as customers. Funka’s business concept is to provide expert services regarding ICT for better quality of life and to produce user- friendly, efficient and accessible solutions on the Internet as well as in the built environment.
Funka has also developed several information portals, carried out national and international surveys, participating as a strategic consultant in a variety of international venues, etc. Funka´s staff is specialized in ICT in a broad sense, incorporating user experience and web usability in the core business. The focus of the company has always been user testing and the close cooperation with both research and end-users. The company is very practical in its approach, wanting to see the concrete benefit for all users and trying to use new techniques to develop innovative ideas into useful everyday ICT solutions.
Funka Nu will contribute to this project mainly in the following tasks:
- Contribution to the front-end development of the platform in terms of guaranteeing the platform’s accessibility aligned with the current accessibility standards (WCAG 2.0, WC3)
- Contributing to the business model development and dissemination activities
Roessingh Research and Development (www.rrd.nl) is the largest Dutch scientific research centre in rehabilitation technology. RRD was founded in 1990 as a private research institute (legal status SME) and is now the largest research entity in the area of rehabilitation technology in the Netherlands. RRD is strongly positioned between the academic and health care world, with formalized links to both one of the largest Rehabilitation Centres in The Netherlands (Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre) and the University of Twente. The mission of RRD is to carry out scientific research and to contribute to its implementation in clinical practice, via innovative health care services and products. RRD always closely collaborates in a multidisciplinary way with health care centres, end users (organisations) and industry. As such RRD has been officially recognised as the Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation Technology by the Dutch government with the assignment to transfer knowledge, services and products to healthcare organisations and end-users.
RRD is focused on the development of new applications (products/services) to improve diagnostics and treatment of people with a chronic illness condition, especially related to their ability to move. Main target groups are physical and (mild) cognitive chronic disorders where intelligent remote coaching is used to enhance self management and to support an active lifestyle. RRD has a strong multidisciplinary staff which includes over 70 people, including biomedical engineers, physicians for rehabilitation, psychologists, physical therapists, movement scientists and technicians.
Navex is one of the UK’s leading specialist GPS software company, formed to exploit its proprietary navigation software based on a successful routing algorithm developed over a period of 10 years. Navex provides a complete range of solutions from sophisticated ‘on board’ in-vehicle satellite navigation systems to location-aware applications and services.
Navex always put innovation at the forefront of its strategy and developed a number of ‘first to market’ navigation products such as ProNav, the first navigation system specifically designed for Heavy Good Vehicle drivers in the UK & Australia and BBNav, the first navigation system designed for disabled drivers. As Navex owns and develops its own software, it is not dependant on any other third party SDK’s or plug-ins, so it has the flexibility to quickly develop and deploy new solutions into the market. This gives Navex the advantage of being able to react quickly to market demand and change, as well as deliver innovative products well ahead of our competitors.
Navex will contribute to this project by:
- Car navigation solution integrating NAVTEQ Street data
- Pedestrian navigation solution integrating NAVTEQ Discover Cities data
- Development of user interface to deliver navigation instructions
- Development of multimodal routing algorithm
- Simply delivering of user-centric 3D vector map data
- Business model development, exploitation and dissemination