Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
OverviewThe Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, operating the following institutes: Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL); Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB); Institute of Computer Science (ICS); Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM); Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS); The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT); Division of Biomedical Research of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB). The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Microelectronics, Lasers, Materials, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Telecommunications, Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Human and Social Sciences, Cultural Studies. ICS-FORTH is currently creating a state-of-the-art AmI Facility, which occupies a three-floor 3,000 square meters building and comprises six simulated AmI-augmented environments, including a fully accessible two-floor home simulator.
The Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab)(http://www.ics.forth.gr/hci/index.html) of ICS-FORTH, (http://www.ics.forth.gr/) established in 1989 and until today it has total awarded budget up to 6.740.498€ is an internationally recognised centre of excellence, with accumulated experience in user interface software technologies, design methodologies, and software tools. The Laboratory carries out leading research activities rooted in the principles of Universal Access and Design for All, and focused on developing user interfaces for interactive applications and services that are accessible, usable, and ultimately acceptable for diverse users in the Information Society, addressing a wide variety of technological platforms, such as personal computers, handheld computers, mobile phones, smart appliances, and other computational devices distributed in the environment.
The Ambient Intelligence Programme(http://www.ics.forth.gr/ami/) of ICS-FORTH constitutes a platform for cooperative research towards developing and studying ambient intelligence related technologies and continuously assessing their impact on the individual and the society. The activities of the AmI Programme include the creation of small-scale experimental AmI spaces, a new facility for R&D in AmI technologies, applied and basic research in AmI technologies, development of integrated pilot solutions in laboratory environment (in vitro), technology transfer and application in real settings (in vivo).
- Antona Margherita
- Iosif Klironomos
- Constantine Stephanides
Relevant PublicationsMargetis, George, Margherita Antona, Stavroula Ntoa, and Constantine Stephanidis (2012). "Towards accessibility in ambient intelligence environments." In Ambient Intelligence, pp. 328-337. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Stephanidis, Constantine (2016). “Towards accessible Ambient Assisted Living environments”. In F. Flórez-Revuelta & A. Andre Chaaraoui (Eds.), Active and Assisted Living: Technologies and Applications. IET.
Stephanidis, Constantine (2012). "Human Factors in Ambient Intelligence Environments." Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 4th edn. John Wiley and Sons, USA.
Stephanidis, Constantine (2013). "Design 4 All." The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.
Margetis, G., Zabulis, X., Ntoa, S., Koutlemanis, P., Papadaki, E., Antona, M., & Stephanidis, C. (2015). Enhancing education through natural interaction with physical paper. Universal Access in the Information Society, Special Issue on "User Experience and Access using Augmented and Multimedia Technologies", 14 (3), 427-447.