The Project is co-funded by the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.
Το Έργο συγχρηματοδοτείται από το Ίδρυμα Προώθησης Έρευνας, το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης και το Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινωνικό Ταμείο.
The host organisation for the proposed work is Frederick Research Center, established in 1995 by Frederick University in an effort to further promote research activities. Through its multidimensional research and scientific activities, FRC has succeeded in establishing a wide collaboration network with international Universities and research centers, as well as with private enterprises in Cyprus and abroad. Through this collaboration, scientific knowledge is advanced and the study and solution of real life problems is facilitated. During the last few years more than 45 research projects were finalised or are under development. Most of these projects receive external financial support from sources such as the E.U. and the R.P.F. of Cyprus. Today, more than 50 scientists are actively involved in basic and applied research projects with a number of those engaged in research related issues in the areas of Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality. The HO will be mainly responsible for the management of the project as well as the bulk of work related to realistic human figure animation with experienced researchers in the field.
The Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus with only sixteen years of operation has already managed to establish itself within the international research community. It has tight collaborations with universities and research centers abroad, regularly obtains funding from European and local sources and produces high standard research, published at respected international journals and conferences. UCY will be the partner responsible for the platform development in the project. More specifically, the Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Lab (VRL) of the Computer Science Department at UCY will be involved. The lab has its own Graphics/Virtual Reality infrastructure where the final system of the project can be developed and tested. It has coordinated or been involved in several related research projects (European and local) such as FP5 IST CREATE, INTUITION Network of Excellence, REALSIMOS, KIKIPEZ, TONEMAP and SCOLIOSIS (the last four were funded by RPF). The framework that was developed at the TONEMAP project for military training will be used at this project as a basis for developing the new training platform. VRL has already developed, in collaboration with Cypriot organizations, applications for the public benefit such as for training purposes (army – completed, police – in preparation), culture heritage purposes (museums) and others.
CARI has been established as a non-profit research organisation by the University of Nicosia. All its profits are reinvested to its main research activities and to the dissemination of its research projects’ results. The main goal of the organisation is to conduct fundamental, industrial, and experimental research and to disseminate all research outcomes through publications, seminars, etc., and/or transfer of the knowledge and technologies created. The center will be involved in integrating realistic human figures to the moving avatars with experienced staff members from the field of Geometric Modeling.
PAR has been established as a non-profit research organisation by the P.A. College. All the profits from research and consulting services are reinvested to its main research activities and to the dissemination of its research projects’ results. The main goal of the organisation is to conduct fundamental and industrial research and to establish collaborations with local and international Universities and research centers, as well as with private enterprises in Cyprus and abroad. The outcome of this research will be disseminated to the academic community via publications and seminars and to the industrial world via transferring of knowledge and technologies created. The center will be involved in integrating realistic facial expressions to the avatars with the contribution of an experienced researcher in the field of interest.
CPERU is considered to be an important partner for the implementation and successful completion of this project work. It is the partner with the know-how on the functionality of the training system to be implemented here. They have the appropriate personnel, i.e. the constables who are constantly on the beat; and the training personnel that will be evaluating and monitoring the development of the platform. Furthermore, the existing training system will be investigated to acknowledge its deficiencies.