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Sound of Vision – Natural sense of vision through acoustics and haptics

Koordynator:
HASKOLI ISLANDS, Iceland

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ULICA ŻEROMSKIEGO 116, 90-924 ŁÓDŹ

Sound of Vision (Vision restoration through sound and haptics) will design, implement and validate an original non-invasive hardware and software system to assist visually impaired people by creating and conveying an auditory representation of the surrounding environment. This representation will be created, updated and delivered to a blind person continuously and in real time. This system will help visually impaired people in any kind of environment (indoor/outdoor), without the need for predefined tags/sensors located in the surroundings.

The process of assisting visually impaired people proposed by Sound of Vision consists of a series of repetitive steps. The first step uses hardware and software for generating a 3D representation of the surrounding environment. In the second step, objects are identified within the 3D model and the information is then transformed into 3D sound and haptics sources. In the last step, all the 3D sound and haptics sources are combined and conveyed to the user, using specialized wearable hardware and algorithms.

A functional prototype will be developed, followed by experimental validations and subsequent improvements, according to the feedback provided by visually impaired people, training specialists and neurologists. The product thus obtained will be sold as a hardware and software system, as well as some training courses that will help blind people use the system.

The consortium has the necessary complementary competences to design and develop the proposed system, to test the prototype, establish training protocols and also to commercialize the system as an intuitive and accessible final product.

Sound of Vision is a concept that goes beyond the state of the art of the visual sensory substitution systems, having the potential to become an affordable commercial product that will actually help blind people. This system can have an impressive social impact, improving the lifestyle of blind people, and also of their families and friends, on which they would otherwise depend.

Free keywords (updated):
Visual impairments; brain-computer interface (BCI); Neuroplasticity; Psychophysics; audio/video processing; wearable assistive devices; sonification; sound localization; haptic space perception.

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SUPERBIO – SUpport and PartnERship for the development of multiple sustainable and market ready value chains in the BIObased economy

Koordynator:
FLANDERS BIOBASED VALLEY, Belgium

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ULICA ŻEROMSKIEGO 116, 90-924 ŁÓDŹ

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GRACE – Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe

Koordynator:
UNIVERSITY OF HULL, United Kingdom

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

The aim of the GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe) project is to systematically investigate the cultural production of gender equalities within Europe. Extending the success of GEMMA, the Erasmus Mundus ‘Masters of Excellence’ in Women’s and Gender Studies, the central objective of GRACE is to become the programme of reference for innovative interdisciplinary doctoral training for early career researchers. Previous scholarly work focuses on European gender equality policies. GRACE draws on innovative and interdisciplinary methodologies to investigate an under-examined aspect of those processes, namely the production of cultures of equality that underpin, enable and constrain those changing policy and legislative frameworks. Our methodological approach understands culture as neither normative frameworks nor ways of representing the world, but more fundamentally as the process through which people create the worlds they inhabit. The GRACE project will recruit, employ and provide advanced training for 15 ESRs who will research the production of cultures of gender equality across five specific sites where cultures of gender equalities are produced and contested by differently situated social agents. These five sites form the core of our research and training Work Packages, and are focused as follows: mediated cultures of gender equality (WP 1); urban cultures of gender equality (WP 2); intellectual and activist cultures of gender equality (WP 3); textual and artistic cultures of gender equality (WP 4); employing cultures of gender equality (WP 5). In sum, GRACE is designed to: equip the next generation of ESRs to play a leading role in developing advanced techniques for investigating the production of cultures of gender equality; translate creative and critical capacities into innovative cultural practices within and beyond academia; and enable them to take up positions as experts in producing new gender equalities cultures.

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InnProBio – Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement

Koordynator:
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. , Germany

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

InnProBio aims to build a community of public procurement practitioners interested in Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) with Bio-Based Products and Services (BBPS). The community will be supported by online network facilities.
Based on stakeholder identification and needs assessment the project consortium will develop an elaborated and legally solid toolbox which will assist public procurers to inform themselves about BBPS and ultimately provide all relevant information to prepare an actual tender. The toolbox will be used for capacity building activities including trainings for public procurers and decision makers, market dialogues and exchanges with standardization experts. It will furthermore be presented in an online decision support tool and a multilingual handbook. The workshop and dialogue concept for trainings can subsequently be used throughout Europe.
Recommendations for decision makers and standardization bodies on how to support PPI of BBPS in order to boost innovation in Europe’s bioeconomy will be provided. Feasibility of an cross-national buyers group of public procurers on the innovation procurement of BBPS will be assessed.
Based on a dissemination and exploitation strategy, project results will be communicated through various channels to the relevant target groups (public procurers, public decision makers, business, standardization bodies and NGOs).
Specific groups will be set up on the Procurement Forum (www.procurement-forum.eu). The community will be one channel to share and distribute project results.
Via the integration of the project and its products into the existing Procurement of Innovation Platform (https://www.innovation-procurement.org/), the project results will be sustainable. Integration of the bio-based products section is a win-win situation for the existing platform and for the bio-based products sector who as a newcomer can profit from existing infrastructure and knowledge.

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PL-ERADays – Polish ERA Mobility and Career Days

Koordynator:
INSTYTUT PODSTAWOWYCH PROBLEMOW TECHNIKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK, Poland

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

The project foresees organisation of ERA Career and Mobility Days in Poland at the beginning of 2017/2018 academic year in 5 regions (Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Gliwice and Lodz). Each of the events will last 3 days and each day will address different themes related to a researchers career and will include varied forms of knowledge transfer (from presentations to workshops and face-to-face discussions), stressing the international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral dimension of the research profession, promoting at the same time, the EURAXESS initiative. The target audience of the events are young researchers, PhD candidates in particular, and students interested in research. An additional national seminar is planned in Warsaw for Polish institutions having the European HR Excellence logo in order to show them how they can create even more attractive working conditions for researchers, learning from invited experienced European experts. In order to ensure the widest possible impact of the PL-ERADays, the project consortium is composed of the EURAXESS Bridgehead Organisation, as Coordinator, 4 EURAXESS regional Centres and a first Polish company specialising in science promotion. Various organisations and experts experienced in supporting researchers in their professional development will be invited to participate in the project activities. On top of the physical events taking place in the 5 cities, a large-scale online communication campaign is planned as a big part of the project which will be coordinated by the above-mentioned company. Thanks to the campaign and direct involvement of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Polish ERA Days will also impact policy makers, underlining the importance of supporting mobility and career development of researchers in the country where further steps need to be taken to increase jobs, funding and career development support in order to stimulate innovation and economic growth.

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QUANTUM DYNAMICS – New Geometry of Quantum Dynamics

Koordynator:
INSTYTUT MATEMATYCZNY POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK, Poland

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

The Project aims to make significant advances to the field of noncommutative geometry by developing new methods through substantial interaction within sub-fields of noncommutative geometry and two other areas of pure mathematics. The main focus will be to determine the topological non-triviality of new types of quantum fibrations. Also, we aim to construct quantum metric geometries of crossed products and graph algebras relating the Lipschitz-norm and Dirac-operator approaches. The Project will combine various areas, which although interacting on the fundamental level, have had their concrete and usable connections mostly unexplored.

The success of the Project depends on connecting centres of excellence in relevant topics for the exchange of ideas and and production of high-quality collaborative results. The network has been carefully chosen to include the world’s leading experts as well as promising early career researchers. Not only does this guarantee the participants access to an enormous knowledge base, it will also ensure that new and innovative lines of research will continue to be developed long after the Project has finished.

In particular, the collaborative nature of the project will be of great benefit to the early career researchers involved. In pure mathematics, fields often become so specialised that only a small number of people around the world might be actively researching a particular topic. This can make career progression very difficult. The interdisciplinary nature of the Project will expose the participants to a host of new mathematics and new collaborations. Consequently, this diversification will result in significantly more career opportunities than would otherwise be available.

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RELOCAL – Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development

Koordynator:
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO, Finland

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

There is an increasing need for developing European Union Cohesion Policy in terms of greater sensitivity towards territorial specificities, more supportive of community-based development and the facilitation of greater civic participation. This also relates to the concern over decreasing identification with the European project among the population. Place-based development, endogenous regional development and territorial capital are some of the policy approaches that have been invoked to facilitate a reorientation of Cohesion Policy and territorial development policy. These need to be connected more specifically to notions of the local and localism. RELOCAL will target this objective by exploring in depth the two dimensions underlying the challenge described in the Call text. The project will be based on case studies of local contexts (e.g. cities and their regions) that exemplify development challenges in terms of spatial justice. Among the research questions that have been identified are the following:
– How can spatial justice be conceptualised, operationalised, adapted?
– How processes of territorial inequalities in different localities be understood and analysed?
– How does the local relate to cohesion in an EU context?
– What factors and filters are operating that enhance or limit the relation between the local and cohesion? What might bridge abstract notions of spatial justice and local practises on the one hand and CP on the other?
– Is there a territorial trap in thinking locally, endogenously? Can enhanced autonomy contribute to spatial justice? How can processes of place-making be related to spatial justice?
– What is the scope for alternative development, stabilisation, sustainability, solidarity models/scenarios?

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VACTRAIN – TWINNING ON DNA-BASED CANCER VACCINES

Koordynator:
RIGAS STRADINA UNIVERSITATE, Latvia

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź

The objective of this Twinning project is to significantly strengthen the research in Riga Stradins University (RSU; Latvia) in the smart specialization area of Latvia “bio-medicine, medical technologies, and biotechnologies” with application to immunotherapy of cancer through building an up-rising connections with two internationally leading research institutions, Institute of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the Department of General Biophysics, University of Lodz (Poland). Both represent centers of excellence in the design, testing and clinical applications of a wide class of immunotherapeuticals, with focus on technologies exploiting naked nucleic acids.

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