World Usability Day 2018 at CCG

At November 8th, the Domain of Applied Research of Perception, Interaction and Usability at our member institute CCG - Centro de Computação Gráfica, continues to bring together usability professionals, academics and the curious to simply gather and talk about products and services having the human user as central focus. This year, we will be talking about “Designing for Good or Evil?” with professionals from several application areas.

Ever since 2005, organizers 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.

It is about celebration and education – celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better.

It is about reaching out to the common citizen and spreading the message: We don’t have to put up with products and services that don’t work well and that human error is a misnomer.

For more information, manifestos and ideas visit: www.worldusabilityday.org/

 

Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in San Sebastián, October 9

On October 9, our member Vicomtech will organize a workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Industry. The workshop will be focused on case studies and future trends, and provide an opportunity of learning the international vision of two renowned international invited speakers, as well as real use cases on how the Artificial Intelligence can help resolving problems in the industrial fields such as Advanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Transport and Industrial processes.

The participation is free.

More information on the workshop, including the agenda, can be found at http://www.vicomtech.org/en/n306/communication-news-artificial-intelligence-in-industry-real-cases-and-trends-9th-october-san-sebastian

 

New date for China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

As was already announced in this news section, GraphicsMedia.net's newest member, CGAII (www.cgaii.com), planned to host its annual China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference on September 16 in Zhuhai, China. However, precisely during the conference date, a major typhoon, Mangkhut (a class 5 typhoon), crossed Zhuhai and the region, including Hong Kong and Macau. Hence, although with a heavy heart, the organizers decided to postpone the conference but the safety of the conference attendees (approx. 1.000 registered) was paramount.

The new date for the conference is now established; it will be held on November 15 and 16 this year. More information about the event at conference.cgaii.com.
 
As Jürgen Bund, GraphicsMedia.net's Managing Director, and Dr. Walter Olthoff, DFKI's CFO, had already travelled to Zhuhai, several bilateral meetings that were already scheduled in the context of the conference, could still be held anyway.
 
So, on September 14, a business lunch took place at Zhuhai Hi-tech Zone, an infrastructure dedicated to the provision of office and lab space for Chinese start-ups and tech companies, where CGAII is also located. Mr. Haobo Yan, Secretary of the Party Committee of the High-tech Zone, Mr. Hu Su, its Director, and several other representatives participated, along with Prof. Yan Cui, CGAII's President, and Mrs. Kuan Zheng, its Managing Director. During the lunch, an overview of the progress of the cooperation between CGAII, DFKI and GraphicsMedia.net was presented.

 
On the next day, Saturday, another meeting was held, at Wuyi University, in the city of Jiangmen. The CGAII delegation and Jürgen Bund were received by Prof. Zhang Kun, Secretary of the Party Committee of Wuyi University, Prof. Zhang Yunhua, the university's President, and Prof. Li Ting, its Vice-President. The meeting was very informal and pleasant; among others, Jürgen Bund was introduced in the Chinese way of preparing tea. Again, the cooperation between CGAII and its European partners was the focus of the meeting, along with a short presentation of Wuyi University, its technical background, strength, mission and faculties.

 

Jürgen Bund's visit to CGAII was rounded up with a demo tour through the insitute which was quite impressive, having into account the relatively short time in which CGAII is active. Yan Cui also explained CGAII's business strategy in which 4dage (www.4dage.com), a commercial start-up, plays a pivotal role. Both also used the time to discuss in detail a series of possible new cooperation models and specific projects between CGAII/4dage, GraphicsMedia.net and its European members.
 
Overall, Jürgen Bund was quite impressed with the density and quality of the infra-structure for tech companies in Zhuhai and Jiangmen, two epicenters in the Guangdong province, China's version of "Silicon Valley", which is strategically well chosen, being in very close proximity of Hong Kong.

GraphicsMedia.net workshop in Berlin, Germany

On September 3 and 4, GraphicsMedia.net held its annual workshop, this time at the premises of its member Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in Berlin. 19 junior and senior researchers and other high-ranking officials from all GraphicsMedia.net members except Mivtech participated in the event.

Like in the previous year's edition, the workshop was splitted into 3 blocks. In a preparatory session on the morning of day 1, the participating researchers presented their ongoing research activities and projects. After that they were briefed by GraphicsMedia.net's Managing Director, Jürgen Bund, on upcoming and open H2020 calls for proposals as well as other funding opportunities that match the network members' profile. Last but not least, Prof. Jürgen Döllner from Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) in Potsdam talked about his experience with the first series of GraphicsMedia.net Research Retreats, specifically with regard to "PhD acceleration".

During the afternoon the researchers were split into 2 working groups, in order to discuss and develop joint project proposal ideas and initiatives that would match one or more of the calls that were presented in the moring. The day terminated with tapas and some beer and wine at a very nice Spanish restaurant.

On the morning of day 2 both groups presented their ideas in the plenary session. In total, 10 project initiatives for H2020 projects had been developed, plus a series of smaller projects for non-H2020 funding programmes. This represents a significant increase over the results of last years' workshop in which 6 project ideas had been produced, and reflects the satisfaction and motivation of the participating researchers to make use of the excellence that is available in the network.

It was also decided to realize the 2019 edition of the workshop already in May, and to, optionally, invite representatives from selected external entities. Furthermore, another GraphicsMedia.net Research Retreat with a different shape was decided: a seminar in which the participants will present their ongoing R&D, grouped around a specific topic to be identified. The results will then be compiled and published as GraphicsMedia.net Proceedings.

 

GraphicsMedia.net participants in HHI's showroom