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'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

Annual workshop 2017

On September 7 and 8, held its annual workshop, 2017 edition. The motto of the workshop was "H2020 - the last mile". 16 researchers and 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, 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, 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 Additionally, 3 ideas for new joint White Papers, to be promoted and published under the umbrella of, were also initiated.

In parallel to the working sessions,'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's new internal Information Base, and our participation in the upcoming Proposers Day on November 9 and 10 in Budapest. presents its Position Paper on Visual Computing for Industry 4.0 at Hannover-Messe 2017

Dr. Jorge Posada, President of's Supervisory Board, presented our Position Paper on Visual Computing for Industry 4.0 at Hannover-Messe 2017.



A worldwide movement in advanced manufacturing countries is seeking to reinvigorate (and revolutionize) the industrial and manufacturing core competencies with the use of the latest advances in information and communications technology. Our paper explains why and how Visual Computing plays an important role in this vision as an enabling technology for complete solutions.

The Position Paper has been made available by IEEE and can be downloaded freely at


Fraunhofer HHI successfully completes installation of Visible Light Communication pilot

The “VLC Mainau” project was launched in the spring of 2015 with the objective to convert an existing conference room on the Island of Mainau (Lake Constance) using Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology. Now the project has been successfully concluded by the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI and Mainau GmbH with the realization of a novel optical WiFi environment.

The conference room system was upgraded in several phases intended to offer insights about parameter optimization in view of practical applications. This VLC installation outside a laboratory environment is the first in Germany and one of the few field tests of this kind worldwide.

A first VLC-based system was installed in the conference room during the first project phase. Also known as LiFi, the VLC technology is a WiFi alternative that supports the wireless exchange of large data volumes. The VLC technology was then expanded in the second project phase, providing flexible access to the Internet for multiple users.

“This first VLC installation on the Island of Mainau was a very exciting project for us. We very much appreciate the constructive collaboration with Mainau GmbH and the financial support of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Environment. Today we are looking back on one year of continuous, error free operation of the installed system. Highly positive feedback from users shows that this technology will find a place in everyday life. The constructive comments are already being implemented into the further development of our systems today”, says Dr. Anagnostis Paraskevopoulos, Project Manager at Fraunhofer HHI.

The VLC technology

The demand for wireless communication networks within buildings will continue to increase in the coming years. Visible Light Communication offers an alternative, which uses LED-based light sources for data transmission purposes. Through the higher number of access points, a significant increase of the network capacity can be achieved while retaining the mobility which users want.

Visible Light Communication avoids all electromagnetic interferences with radio-based wireless networks and is by definition RF-free. Data rates of one gigabit per second (1 Gbit/s) and more can be achieved with conventional LEDs, thus even allowing for the flawless transmission of video data in HD and 4K quality. Just a few additional components are needed to turn a conventional LED light into a powerful optical WiFi transmitter. A special modulator turns the LED on and off very quickly, thus transmitting the digital information.

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