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ISIS Katrinebjerg

- Great investment in healthcare informatics, interactive buildings and software

ISIS is short for Interactive Spaces, healthcare Informatics and Software development - the three target areas aimed at.

The purpose of ISIS Katrinebjerg is to create effective and innovative competence building public/private in the areas of interactive spaces research, healthcare informatics and software:

Interactive Spaces

Pervasive Healthcare


The three target areas have been chosen on the basis of two factors: partly a business consideration, partly the research competence at Katrinebjerg. The areas interactive spaces research, and pervasive healthcare are based on a comprehensive fact-finding work by two think tanks set up by the regional IT council of Aarhus. The software development is a cross-sectoral target area developing underlying technologies, among other things for interactive spaces and pervasive healthcare research.

The overall objective of public/private competence building is to ensure that the latest knowledge in the field of IT is disseminated to the business community in Jutland and Funen. The researchers attached to the centre possess a series of skills at an international level and considerable experience from participation in competence building projects with the business community.

The competence centre is generally to ensure an effective transfer of knowledge to the business community but it is also important that the researchers are in a position to test new ideas and conversely that they will appreciate the problems which exist in the business community.

The Alexandra Institute is the operator

The competence centre is part of a Danish national research programme to strengthen public/private cooperation in Jutland and Funen with the Alexandra Institute as operator. ISIS Katrinebjerg is one of four Jutland-Funen competence centres sharing a total of DKK 87.5 million from the Ministry of Science between them. With the DKK 30 million from the Government, ISIS Katrinebjerg is the top scorer of the quartette.

The money is part of the UMTS-compromise, ensuring a total of DKK 350 million for Jutland-Funen IT projects.

The objective of ISIS Katrinebjerg is to build a growth centre in the world élite based on close cooperation between research and business community. The aim is, among other things, to educate more researchers, business researchers in particular, to increase the recruitment of young persons for the IT studies in the area, to increase the number of start-up firms among IT students and to build strong networks of researchers and business people.
The Alexandra Institute: www.alexandra.dk

Interactive spaces and buildings research

Research manager:
Kaj Grønbæk, professor
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Aarhus
Åbogade 34, 8200 Århus N
Phone: +45 8942 5636
E-mail: kgronbak@daimi.au.dk


Deputy chief:
Peter Krogh
Arkitektskolen i Aarhus
Nørreport 20
8000 Århus C
Tlf.: 2268 7241
E-mail pkrogh@interactivespaces.net

Work in the research area interactive spaces and buildings is concerned with the integration of IT in tables, walls and entire buildings, among other things. The researchers work with pervasive computing, among other things on projects in connection with schools and libraries.

In the years to come, county authorities and local authorities will have to invest millions in new upper secondary schools/primary and lower secondary schools and renovation of existing schools respectively.

The results of the projects are to contribute to the creation of the proper foundation for decision on these considerable, future investments. The specific development projects focus on the use of interactive IT with a view to developing a world-class experience and learning environment.

The titles of the four projects are: ”Space for virtual exibitions”, ”The interactive childrens’ library”, ”School Competence Centre for IT and Media in a five-year perspective” and ”School Compentence Centre for Mathematics and Science in a five-year perspective”.
Research and development in this area is conducted by InteractiveSpaces: www.interactivespaces.net

Pervasive Healthcare

Research manager:
Jakob E. Bardram
Center for Pervasive Healthcare
University of Aarhus
Åbogade 34, 8200 Århus N
Phone: +45 8942 5674
E-mail: bardram@daimi.au.dk



So far, the public health service has used information technology in a kind of ”bookkeeping” of case histories, people, consumption of resources, etc. But IT technology is capable of much more than that. With the breakthrough of the next large IT wave - pervasive computing - or IT in everything’ - IT may mature into an omnipresent tool directly aiding in a better, faster and more efficient treatment of the patients.

The main idea is to get the computing power further out into the system. From the secretary to the physician and the nurse and from bookkeeping to direct involvement in the treatment.
The computing power is integrated in the everyday life of patient and medical staff, so to speak. The PC as an independent tool will be sent on the retreat, whereas the computing power will continue to exist and serve our purposes as a network embedded in furniture, walls, hospital beds and bandages, among other things.
Research and development in this area is conducted by Centre for Pervasive Healthcare: www.pervasivehealthcare.dk


Research manager:
Klaus Marius Hansen
Datalogisk Institut
University of Aarhus
Åbogade 34, 8200 Århus N
Phone: +45 8942 5605
E-mail: klaus.m.hansen@daimi.au.dk


The IT environment at the University of Aarhus constitutes a solid foundation for the development of software. The primary competence in the field of software development is to be found in object technology supplemented by competence in areas such as participatory design (the involvement of users in systems development ), man-machine interaction, security and a series of subjects in the field of theoretical computer science, such as analysis and design of effective algorithms and data structures, semantics of programming language and logic.

Under the auspices of ISIS a series of projects of software development will be commenced under the auspices of the competence centre with participation of the public and the private sectors. These projects will cover a wide field and will contribute to further competence building in the field of software development both in the corporate sector and at the universities.

Among other things, the projects will work with software architecture, data structures, object technology in appliances, software for pervasive computing systems and safety critical systems.
Research and development in this area is conducted by Object-Oriented Software Systems Research Group: www.ooss.dk


General applications to ISIS Katrinebjerg can be made to:

ISIS Katrinebjerg
Alexandra Instituttet A/S
Åbogade 34
8200 Århus N
Phone: +45 89 42 57 58
Fax: +45 89 42 57 50
E-mail: isis@alexandra.dk

For further information, please contact:

Ole Lehrmann Madsen, managing director
Phone: +45 89 42 56 70
E-mail ole.l.madsen@alexandra.dk


ISIS Katrinebjerg ©, sidst opdateret 21/06/06