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The AffecTech consortium brings together 11 leading research institutions from across Europe.

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Lancaster University, United Kingdom (coordinator)

School of Computing Communications; Department of Psychology

With over 92 per cent of research of a high international standard, Lancaster University is repeatedly placed within the UK’s top 10 universities and is also ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities globally. The School of Computing and Communications (SCC) is an international centre of excellence ranked 9th in the UK.

SCC contains a dedicated technology transfer department, the Knowledge Business Centre (KBC) that facilitates the commercial exploitation of research. SCC facilities include the Sky Lab, the Innovative Interactions Lab, and a hardware lab. It also hosts pervasive design lab facilities for interaction studies and early system validations, including a range of sensor and assessment tools (affective and wearable sensors). The Department of Psychology has neuroscience facilities (EEG/ERP, NIRS, TMS, TDCS, neuropharmacological testing, sleep research, computational neuroscience), and behavioural measurement systems (eye tracking systems (Tobii, Eye Link II), motion capture, and virtual reality), many housed in a purpose-built building.

Academics: Dr Corina Sas (Principal AffecTech Investigator), Professor Nigel Davies, Dr Jason Alexander, Dr Elena Geangu.

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

School of Computer Science & Communication

KTH is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and is the country’s largest organizer of technical and engineering education at university level. KTH is organised into nine Schools, each covering a major field of engineering science. There are 12,000 full year-equivalent undergraduate students, over 1,400 active research students and 2,800 full time-equivalent employees.

Key research facility is Mobile Life, which is a VINNOVA-funded Centre of Excellence in mobile and ubiquitous services, spanning all areas from entertainment and socialisation to work and society. A centre in the MID-group at the CSC-school at KTH, it is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley of Sweden. Mobile Life hosts a leading experimental environment laboratory for designing, building, and evaluating innovative computing technologies. Facilities include user study labs, design studio and equipment consisting of wearable devices and biosensor, as well the in-house Inspirational Bits, a toolkit integrating biosensors and actuators for rapid prototyping.

Academic: Professor Kristina Höök.

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars; School of Computer Science and Statistics

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. It is ranked in 71ST position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings. The School is a major partner in three Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET): the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR), the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (LERO), and the Centre for Global Intelligent Content.

The School of Computer Science and Statistics has dedicated hardware and software support staff as well as its own machine rooms and virtual server infrastructure for running evaluations. The School has a mobile usability lab, and an SMI eyetracker. The School occupies 4 buildings and 6000 square metres of space. TCD has extensive infrastructure for postgraduate and postdoctoral training, including the Centre for Academic Practice and Student Learning, the WiSER centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research, and the TCD-UCD Innovation academy.

Academic: Dr Gavin Doherty.

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Department of Computer Science

University of Oxford is one of the world leading universities, judged in REF 2014 to have the largest volume of world leading research in the UK. The Department of Computer Science is frequently ranked as top in Europe, with 53 per cent of research judged as world leading. The Department of Computer Science has state of the art offices, computing facilities, lecture and seminar rooms, and library facilities with online access. Oxford’s famous Bodleian library and the newly refurbished Weston library are in close vicinity. The host group provide the HeartVerify software and hardware framework, together with the necessary expertise, and a dedicated server.

Academic: Dr Marta Kwiatkowska.

University of Pisa, Italy

Bioengineering and Robotics Research Centre

The University of Pisa, founded 1343, is among the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. The Research Center ‘E. Piaggio’ comprises a multidisciplinary integrated research group with biochemists, molecular biologists, biomedical engineers, experimental and clinical psychologists and neuroscientists. The Centre has state of the art facilities for conducting research on fabric-based wearable systems to monitor physiological signs and biomechanical parameters, including signal processing and multiparametric analysis.

Academic: Dr Enzo Pasquale Scilingo.

Universidad Jaume I, Spain

Laboratory of Technology and Psychology

The Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (UJI) is one of four public universities in the Valencia Community (Spain). The institution promotes industrial innovation, Research, and Development, supporting these activities and The Psychology and Technology Laboratory is one of the excellence groups at UJI pioneering the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Clinical Psychology. The infrastructures and equipment include Augmented Reality system, and mood induction systems. Labsitec is located in a building designed specifically for housing the most important research labs at Universitat Jaume I. This space is dedicated entirely to research and knowledge transfer.

Academic: Professor Cristina Botella.

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Psychology Department

The Catholic University is considered the most comprehensive in Italy and offers extensive research programs, promoting an interdisciplinary approach. Specialist research labs focus on anxiety disorders, neuropsychology and new technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction. Together they have authored the highest number of peer-reviewed scientific publications in the fields of Virtual Reality in the world (as on April 2014). The labs have state-of-the-art facilities in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality research including equipment such as a SynAmps 64 channel Neuroscan system, two Tobii Eye Traking systems, two Procomp Infinity EMG/HR/EEG/BP/EKG/SC/ biofeedback systems, extensive audio-visual recording facilities, Observer and Theme behavioural analysis systems, and various immersive and non-immersive VR systems.

Academics: Professor Giuseppe Riva, Professor Enrico Molinari, Dr Claudia Repetto.

Bogazici University, Turkey

Department of Computer Engineering

Bogazici University (Bogazici), founded in 1863, is the top ranking public university in Turkey. The Computer Engineering Department ranks as the top CmpE department in Turkey according to the Higher Education Council’s number of publications per faculty list. Bogazici has been increasingly investing in research in life sciences that has gained a new pace with the foundation of Bogazici University Centre for Life Sciences and NETLAB/WiSe. The Wireless Sensor Networks Research Group (NETLAB/WiSe) has been specialized on wireless sensors, ambient assisted living, pervasive healthcare, participatory and urban sensing, activity and context recognition on smart-phones, inducing behaviour change through mobile sensing applications. The Ambient Assisted Living has more than 100 wireless sensors with more than 10 different modalities, including biomedical sensors such as EMG, ECG, ambient sensors such as humidity, sound, light level and wearable sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, temperature. The facility also has wireless video cameras and PTZ cameras installed, multi-touch user interface devices, smart phones, and tablets.

Academics: Professor Cem Ersoy, Dr Bert Arnrich, Dr Hande Alemdar.

Philips Research, The Netherlands

Philips Group Innovation-Research

A world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design operating in more than 100 countries worldwide. Philips Research is located at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven in the Netherlands, where researchers and entrepreneurs work on developing future technologies. Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven employs approximately 1000 researchers and its work includes exploring, developing and validating technology enabled solutions for businesses in the field of personal health. Philips Research is one of the largest industrial research organizations in the World, collaborating with a network of leading clinical, academic and business partners, combining strong background in the personal health domain, biomedical engineering knowledge, and data transformation into health-enabling information. Philips Research has dedicated research laboratories for both fundamental and applied research, for multidisciplinary teams comprising engineers, computer scientists, chemists, psychologists and neuroscientists.

Academics: Professor Joyce Westerink, Dr Boris De Ruyter, Dr Tim Leufkens.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom

Research & Innovation

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) is a research-active Acute Healthcare provider with an integrated Health Psychology service. It covers 1.8 million population across West Yorkshire facilitating access to large cohorts of patients and potential research participants. In 2013/14 the Trust was ranked second nationally at successfully recruiting participants to National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studies. The Trust employs 15,000 employees including numerous clinical academics who hold joint appointments at the University of Leeds. Leeds NHS (LTHT) contains a Clinical Research Facility (CRF) that houses active researchers and provides a range of clinical and technical research equipment. Additionally, it hosts an academic facility that provides a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, a library, and accessible IT resources. The Research and Innovation service offers expert research training and support. Research and knowledge transfer are facilitated at Leeds NHS through the CRF and Academic Facilities where researchers, clinicians and innovators interface.

Academics: Professor Linda McGowan, Dr Heather Iles-Smith, Dr Kamila Hortynska.

PLUX Wireless Biosignals, Portugal

PLUX Research and Development

PLUX focuses on creating innovative solutions for Sports, Healthcare and Research by integrating biosignal processing with miniaturized wireless sensor devices. Created in 2007, PLUX pioneered the research and development of wireless electronic devices used to acquire and measure electrophysiological signals and other variables related to the Human body. PLUX has expertise in biosignal processing, and Artificial Intelligence. The team has been involved in five National QREN projects and has a prestigious portfolio of projects and clients.

PLUX develops its products in strong partnership with scientific institutions and renowned researchers, and bridges academia and industry by applying its research know-how to problems and the practical needs of its customers.

PLUX offers in-house expertise in biosignal processing and biomedical sensors.

Academic: Dr Hugo Gamboa.

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AffecTech is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020