CIS Galicia cooperates with AFAL Ferrolterra in the development of Virtual Simulations for the cognitive stimulation of Alzheimer´s disease sufferersCIS Galicia has developed two Virtual Simulations in cooperation with AFAL Ferrolterra, the Association of Family Members of Alzeimer´s disease sufferers. These applications have been presented in the XI Interdisciplinary Conference organized by FAGAL (Galician Federation of Family Members of Alzeimer´s disease sufferers Associations) under the headline “ICT applied to cognitive stimulation”. In the talk, it was explained how new technologies, such as virtual reality, are useful tools in new therapies with Alzheimer sufferers.
One of the developed simulations is a virtual walk through emblematic places in Ferrol, its objective is to stimulate the sufferers to recognize those places. Other simulation is an exercise of laying the table, where the users would find the correct order for the elements (tablecloth, dishes, silverware, etc.) depending on the kind of menu that is going to be served.
First set of experiments in project FAROS successfully completed.CIS Galicia developed the simulations used in FAROS project experiments, whose objective was to test the effect of deck layout on human performance and measure and observe the dependent variables related to crew safety and societal risk.
The experiments were realised in CIS Galicia facilities, using a CAVE (a device which consists of 4 screens and provides an immersive environment) and HMD (Head Mounted Display or virtual reality helmet).
On the one hand, virtual reality simulations were performed in CAVE, where watertight doors were tested. The objective was to investigate the hypothesis of whether the layout of the engine room spaces has any influence on the likelihood of leaving WT doors open by the crew and to examine how to influence human motivation to obey rules relating to them, through optimization of their location.
On the other hand, experiments performed in the HMD were focused in gauging the optimal passage width that will enable an engineer to safely pass a hazardous area. Evaluating whether or not an Engineer will be likely to use any additional space around a hazardous object will be informative in respect of the utility of altering the passage width in the engine room.
The results of those experiments will be used as an input in the risk models that are being developed for next work packages and in 2015 an optimized vessel will be used as scenario for new simulations and experiments.
First public workshop of the FAROS projectThe first public workshop of FAROS will take place in London on 17 and 18th September. Different presentations will be conducted around the following themes:
• Human element factors in shipping safety
• Effect of environment and design on crew performance
• Virtual reality and bridge simulator experiments
• Role of the human element in maritime accidents
CIS GALICIA will participate as a speaker in one of the technical sessions.
More information in the following link: 1st Public FAROS Workshop - 17&18 September 2013
CIS GALICIA participates in the European project FAROSFAROS is an EC FP7 funded, three year project to develop an approach to incorporate human factors into Risk-Based Design of ships. The project consortium consists of 12 members including industry, academia and research institutes.
FAROS will use experimental data, simulations, parametric ship design models and optimisation processes to integrate human factors into the ship design process at a conceptual stage. This will include global and local ship design factors features.
The main role of CIS GALICIA is focused on the development of virtual reality (VR) simulations. Different scenarios of a Ro-Pax vessel will be simulated. In one of the scenarios the engine room will be represented and it will be assessed the effect of different passage widths to the proximity to hazards that may be dangerous in a given time. The second stage is related to the study of the dangers associated to watertight doors. Different deck layouts will be simulated. During the Virtual Reality experiments the engineers will perform specific tasks that require crossing different numbers of gates according to different layouts.
The first set of VR experiments is planned for September 2013 in Ferrol. Twenty-four Chief Engineers and Chief Officers will participate in the experiments and they will be evaluated by psychological researchers of the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). The experiments will be conducted in two six day blocks, testing twelve Engineers per block. CAVE and head mounted display (HMD) immersive platforms will be used and also the VR simulations developed.
All information about the FAROS project: www.faros-project.eu
Technology transfer eventCIS Galicia, as a partner of the consortium Galactea-Plus of the Enterprise Europe Network conducted last January 30, an event about technology transfer and strategies to convert research into industrial products and services.
This event aimed to present, with the collaboration of different Galician R&D&I agents, instruments and tools through which research results can be disseminated so that they can reach industry and market. During the event, it was highlighted the important role of the Enterprise Europe Network to promote transnational technology transfer.