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Foundation For Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is one of the largest research centres in Greece, under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education. The Institute of Computer Science (ICS, http://www.ics.forth.gr) of FORTH, established in 1983, conducts basic and applied research, develops applications and products, provides services, and plays a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the field of ICT.

The Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI Lab ) of ICS-FORTH, established in 1989, is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in the design and development of adaptable and accessible interactive applications and services for various platforms, such as personal computers, mobile phones, smart appliances and furniture, and other computational devices distributed in the environment. The Laboratory has participated in more than 50 R&D projects in the field of HCI.

The Computational Vision and Robotics Laboratory (CVRL) of ICS-FORTH was established in 1985. The groups' activities emphasize research and development in the areas of computer vision and autonomous mobile robots with "intelligent" behaviour. Efforts at CVRL are balanced between basic and applied research, resulting in the development of novel, robust vision and robotic systems for multiple application domains. More specifically, the research efforts are directed towards visual perception of static and dynamic characteristics of the 3-D world (depth, shape, color, motion), object tracking, robot navigation and behaviour modelling. In addition to the research work outlined above, CVRL also aims at applying the methods, technologies, and tools it develops in domains such as industrial automation, the support of people with disabilities, space monitoring and security, home automation, etc.

In 2005, ICS-FORTH launched its Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Programme , which constitutes a platform for cooperative research towards developing and studying AmI-related technologies and assessing their impact upon the individual, as well as upon the society as a whole, but also as a unique showcase for demonstrating the potential, added-value and benefits of AmI technologies in different aspects of everyday life and activities. The activities of the AmI Programme include applied and basic research in AmI technologies, development of integrated pilot solutions in laboratory environment (in vitro), as well as technology transfer and application in real settings (in vivo).

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