Ambient Interfaces and the research domain of Ubiquitous Computing represent a third wave in computing. This paradigm shift is characterised by the integration of our increasingly complex technological landscape with the environment we occupy, while removing our perception of the computer in the tasks and activities we undertake. In practice the nature of these ambient interfaces ranges from the simple, such as devices that notify users of events by extending the computer interface into the workplace environment, through to the complex, where intuitive interface technologies such as optical tracking and gesture recognition are used to provide the user with the ability to directly manipulate highly visual information sets without perceiving the underlying technological infrastructure.
The evolution of IT over the past 20 years has led to the development of individual CAD/ CAE workstations. While the computational power available to Engineering professionals has grown exponentially, the collaborative dimension of the workspace has been largely underdeveloped. CoSpaces will provide an evolutionary path towards new and more collaborative work environments. Users of CoSpaces technologies in manufacturing and design, in cooperation with their suppliers, will be able to configure their own collaborative workspaces and utilise ground-breaking innovations in context-aware interfaces, natural interfaces, and “human-centric” workspaces supporting a range of collaboration scenarios and product life-cycles.
The CoSpaces project addresses three scientific and technological objectives:
Evaluate collaboration at individual, team and enterprise levels, and develop collaboration models emphasising applications of problem solving, creativity, participatory and knowledge based design in innovative collaborative work environments.
The research advances in CoSpaces will push the state-of-the-art of collaborative work environments in several key areas:
CoSpaces Software Framework
The CoSpaces software framework will support the easy creation of collaborative work environments for distributed workers. It includes a Foundation Platform to provide core services and high-level collaboration Tools that support seamless and natural collaboration among distributed workers and teams.
Three workspaces will be developed for validating industrial applications from the Automotive, Aerospace and the Construction industries:
CoSpaces addresses the vision developed by the Future_Workspaces roadmap project involving over 100 key players from a multiple disciplines and defining a 10-year European Vision for future collaborative working environments and scenarios. CoSpaces will initiate a programme of activities to implement this 10-year European vision for the benefit of European business, workforce, and society.
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