UncertWeb is a recently concluded FP7 research project. It looked into the way we treat and manage uncertainty when we use science to understand, predict and control the world around us. Often, it is very important to be able to quantify our uncertainties about what has happened and what will happen in the future. UncertWeb steps in by providing a range of tools to help quantify the initial uncertainties, work out their effects on the outcomes of our models of the world around us, and visualise the results in an intuitive way. UncertWeb researchers have applied UncertWeb's tools and the associated web-based systems in a number of areas looking at air quality forecasts, how food production might change with our changing climate, how climate and human pressures affect biodiversity and how people experience their environment. The video clickable under "More information" provides an overview of the achievements of UncertWeb.
A microchip placed in the mouth can improve the life of people that suffer from Xerostomia, a condition that affects saliva production in the mouth. SALIWELL – a joint European and Israeli research team has developed two electronic devices that relieve symptoms of Xerostomia and boost saliva production in patients. The cheap, effective remedy has been the subject of extensive tests on patients in different cities.
The architecture industry has received a boost from the introduction of what is termed ‘a new open-source internet platform’. It’s called ‘Uni-verse’ and it is a flexible network that enables architects and designers to view and work on designs simultaneously
Now in a test phase at the Université Libre in Brussels, new ‘VAKHUM’ software can create 3-D models of the human body. The system will soon be applied for treatment in orthopaedic wards.
Glasses make Parkinson’s sufferers future look brighter. A pair of glasses which uses virtual images could help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to cope with walking problems, scientists say.
Fire brigades will soon have access to a safety system which is able to accurately detect and locate people that may be trapped in debris after, for example, an earthquake.
MyFashion.eu has found a solution to the delocalization of the clothing industry. The tool, developed in Europe, is called CustoMax and is a system for simplifying the mass production of made-to-measure suits. CustoMax is the culmination of three years’ of research by a European team financially supported by the EU. The project, called MyFashion.eu, is one of the best examples of the marketing successes of new technology promoted under the European IST programme.
In the attempt to reduce pollution, the representatives of the most industrialised countries in Europe have agreed upon the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes quotas on gas release and supports the plantation as well as the preservation of forests.
With only a GPS system and three other small devices, the Ancient Past can now pop up from the ruins in front of the tourist’s eyes. This system, called Archeoguide has already been trialed in Pompei, Italy, and Greece.
Do you play any musical instruments? Isabelle, an 8 year-old from Sweden does. Like many European pupils, she plays the recorder. She takes classes at school and is quite good. But she also practices at home with the help of her computer.
A European research team has been exploring the relationship between technological innovation and resulting socio-economic transformations, particularly in the employment and integration of women and immigrant workers. Conducted in England, Italy and Sweden, the research discusses both the barriers to social integration of the above groups, and suggests how to overcome them.
Europe is taking action against the increasing lack of interest in maths and the drop in scientific university students. This is being done by the creation of a new international language for children. ‘WebLabs’, the name of the project behind this new language, makes maths fun by avoiding complex mathematical and scientific formulas while simultaneously improving teamwork skills and encouraging a problem-solving attitude in children.
Andreas Dahl has been hard of hearing since early childhood. He is not deaf, but he needs to look at the person he is talking to, to be able to lip-read and understand the conversation. A problem arises when he wants to talk to somebody on the phone. But now a new technological development could change his life.
In 1997 Karlsruhe, in the South West of Germany, made the headlines when the first museum for interactive multimedia art was opened. The museum is part of the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), which also comprises five research institutions. Inside, is the famous work of Nam June Pike of a Buddha watching television, and many other interactive exhibits, where the visitor can use hands-on devices. But what do these works really mean?
A new range of garments will soon be out. Gucci? Prada? - Not this time. The emphasis here is not fashion but prevention of chronic disease. Equipped with sensors, intelligent clothing like a shirt or belt can now constantly monitor the heartbeat ...
Ambulances, fire engines and police patrols often need the quickest routes. But urban traffic congestion is a worldwide problem which can worsen during popular sporting, cultural or entertainment events, visits of popular celebrities, or major conferences. A new system called ‘Eye in the Sky’ can help to solve this problem by improving traffic management.
The mobile revolution continues. UMTS is slowly becoming the new standard in mobile communication, providing new services to users throughout the European Union. These can send pictures taken with their in-built camera, or they can download videos through the mobile network. But these features are still limited due to the maximum bandwidth of the mobile network.
GÉANT is born, the biggest telescope in the world. It consists of a new faster Internet network capable of transmitting data up to 10 gigabytes per second. Thanks to GÉANT, astronomers and other astrophysical researchers will be able to look deeper into the universe and solve the mystery of the Big Bang. This special computer is located at the JIVE research institute in The Netherlands.
It is the ultimate viewing tool for designers and engineers: virtual reality. Models can be examined and tested thoroughly in three dimensions, before they are built in the workshops. But while the automotive industry has embraced this technology, others have been reluctant to adopt it. The Information Society Technologies (IST) project VIEW OF THE FUTURE aims to make virtual reality more accessible for every designer and engineer.
Safety in tunnels is a critical European issue. Much work has already been done to define safety and security procedures. But the existing systems and tools for the management of road- and rail-tunnels need further improvement to be prepared to face a real time accident. One of the solutions could be ‘Sirtaki’.