||Technology for Human Wellbeing Institute|
The HumanTech Institute is lead by Elena Mugellini, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, HES-SO (www.hes-so.ch) The Institute has been created in January 2013. The “new formula” institute is based on the “success story” of the MISG group (www.misg.ch). About 30 persons (professors, researchers, PhD students and engineers) are active in the institute. The Institute aims at improving the quality of life and well-being of humans thanks to the ingenious use of new technologies, in order to strength-en their abilities as individuals, as well as members of an increasingly dynamic, nomadic and globalized society. The Institute promotes the development of innovative solutions for the implementation of an intelligent society concept, the so-called “Smart Society”, a co-evolution of technologies and society in order to address societal challenges with an inter-disciplinary approach. The Institute has the mission to carry out research in specific and transversal sectors, at the intersection of technological, economical and human sciences.
The main research activities of HumanTech are related to the following topics:
HumanTech strongly collaborates with industries at regional and national level and its research activities are supported by both public and industrial funding.
Since 2006, a strategic collaboration between HumanTech Institute and DIVA group from the University of Fribourg has been established on the following research topics: human-computer interaction, gesture interaction and data analysis.
Moreover HumanTech has an interactive laboratory, called Smart Living Room, equipped with various technologies such as numerous sensors (temperature, humidity, movement, light, smell, pressure, etc.), sensors networks (BTnode, Freemote, Arduino), several interaction technologies (electromagnetic, mono and multi RFID tag readers, optical, infrared, fiducial markers, haptic systems, interactive tables), virtual and augmented reality equipment (gyroscope, head-mounted display - helmet and glasses) as well as several cameras, PDAs, displays, beamers, microphones, GPS systems, satellite connections, etc. The Smart Living Room provides a suitable research and testing environment for interdisciplinary research projects at the confluence between user-centered design, multimodal interaction, mobile service delivery and intelligent services and applications for smart home environments.
For more information about the Smart Living Room you can donwload a short description (pdf).