Professor Yu Xiao’s project DEBARE aims to develop a novel, AI-based intelligent sensing platform that is capable of more complex activity recognition and learning than existing technologies. One potential use case is augmented reality smart gloves for industrial maintenance and assembly. The project partner is Hitseed, a Finnish company with expertise in smart sensors. ‘By encouraging collaboration between universities and industry – especially SMEs– who are interested in R&D as well as commercialisation, ATTRACT enables researchers and companies to test and pilot their breakthrough ideas,’ said Professor Yu Xiao.
In Professor Hele Savin’s project, SUGER, a prototype radiation sensor based on new ‘black germanium’ technology will be fabricated. The novel sensor technology aims to get record-high sensitivity, especially for infrared radiation. The application areas include medicine, and nuclear safety and security. Program partners include the Latvian-based company Baltic Scientific Instruments Ltd and Finland-based Pixpolar.
Professor Jyri Hämäläinen and his research group aim to design a monitoring system based on Visible Light Communication technology for indoor areas. If successful, the team hope that it will pave the way for the implementation of new applications like monitoring technology and motion detection. The project partner is Barcelona-based research center Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC).
As a part of the ATTRACT initiative, Aalto University will also organise courses for Master’s degree students. Students will be challenged to utilise technology developed in ATTRACT projects to design and create consumer products that can be commercialised. The project aims to increase the societal significance of the innovations developed through the ATTRACT program by establishing collaboration between breakthrough technology and student work.
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AALTO University is a multidisciplinary university in the fields of Science and Technology, Economics, Architecture, and Art and Design. It has 409 faculty members and a student body of 20,000, 70% of which are students in Science and Technology. AALTO University was founded in 2010 by merging three Finnish universities: The Helsinki School of Economics, The University of Art and Design Helsinki, and Helsinki University of Technology. The three schools are all leading institutions in their respective fields and in their own right. Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where Science and Art meet Technology and Business. The university is committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.