Demos of AToM and ALADIN at iMinds The Conference

Posted by Karin Slegers on Friday November 29th 2013 at 17:49

At the annual conference of iMinds, iMinds The Conference, the results of two of our health-related projects will be demonstrated.

AToMThe demo of the AToM project consists of a smartphone app and a tablet app for dementia caregivers. These apps give caregivers access to dynamic meal information (e.g. diets, medication, need for assistance, but also personal preferences and recommendations) and to evaluate the meal experience, generating feedback for future meals.

ALADINThe ALADIN demo is a 3D, interactive home environment that is operated with an assistive voice control system. It shows how people with physical disabilities can use speech to open doors and window blinds, or rely on a customized touch screen interface that offers maximal efficiency and ease-of-use.

In total, more than 40 demos will be showcased and the conference program includes several interesting international speakers. Please check out the full program at the conference’s website, where you can also register to attend.

New website: TRADERS at

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday November 20th 2013 at 16:35

The TRADERS website has been launched!

As of September the 1st the FP7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project ‘TRADERS’ (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) has started. TRADERS researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so. The project is an international collaboration between Faculty of the Arts (KHLim, LUCA, KU Leuven), research group Social Spaces I CUO) (Belgium), University of Gothenburg/School of Design and Crafts (Sweden), Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands), Royal College of Art/School of Architecture (United Kingdom), Chalmers University of Technology/Department of Architecture (Sweden) and KU Leuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units (Belgium).

If you want to know more about the project, you can now visit the TRADERS website at

Invitation: Design Fusion

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday November 20th 2013 at 16:25

Come and check out Social Spaces I CUO at Design Fusion in Genk!

For more information, see:

Gezocht 2e scherm kijkers “De Ridder”

Posted by Rinze Leenheer on Friday November 8th 2013 at 17:03

Vanuit CUO | Social Spaces, iMinds – KU Leuven zijn we voor een onderzoek op zoek naar personen die het programma “De Ridder” volgen met de 2e scherm applicatie. Tegenover deelname staat een mooie vergoeding. Interesse om deel te nemen? EDIT: Het onderzoek is inmiddels afgerond inschrijven is dus niet meer mogelijk.

TV-Ring European project has started

Posted by Rinze Leenheer on Friday November 8th 2013 at 16:45


The European TV-Ring project (Testbed for Connected TV services using HbbTV) has started this September. The project is funded by the European Commission through the CIP program (Competitive and Innovation Programme) and will run for 30 months until 31/03/2016. The TV-RING project is based around 3 pilot regions in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, and seeks to devise and demonstrate advanced Connected TV scenarios based on HbbTV platforms and NGA network infrastructures.

Connected TV platforms offer enormous potential for attractive, bandwidth-intensive services. High-resolution media streams serving a multitude of connected and synchronized devices form a perfect playground for a thriving digital ecosystem. The value of these services results from the merging of both linear and on-demand content delivery; anybody can profit from the possibilities of the broadband connection in retrieving extra content to the screen related to the broadcast or served on the basis of (automated) personal choice from online libraries. However the amount of bandwidth needed, as these services are made available to the massive audience currently watching linear television channels, will be immense. TV-Ring attempts to explore and develop this potential as well as look for ways to overcome possible difficulties.

CUO | Social Spaces of KU Leuven / iMinds will play a prominent role in the user research and prototyping development and evaluation for the duration of the project. Besides CUO | Social Spaces of KU Leuven / iMinds the TV-Ring project brings together a diverse set of organizations with international renown: the public television in Berlin-Brandenburg (Rundfunk Berlin- Brandenburg), Catalonia (Television of Catalunya ) and the Netherlands ( Stichting Nederlandse Omroep Publieke), service providers (Retevisión ) application development companies (People’s Playground), as well as European universities and research centres (Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik and i2CAT).

For more information visit