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Research projects about Devices
The GHOST project targets an enhancement of current display interfaces. This is based on the development of malleable displays which humans could shape when performing input-output operations. Contrarily to present-day, bidimensional displays, such tools would stimulate human thinking and imagination by providing it with access to the the third dimension.
The goal of the nuClock project is to achieve the most accurate time measurement ever. To this goal, scientists try to develop a new kind of atomic clock. Whereas other atomic clocks are based on the motion of electrons in atoms, the one targeted by nuClock will make use of the nucleus of Thorium-229. Applications of such a precise clock could be the fields of navigation satellites, network synchronisation and astronomical research.
The AMADEUS project targets the development of new devices in the field of thermal energy storage. Such devices should be able to operate at temperatures of up to 2000 °C, well beyond current limits of around 1000 °C. To this aim, the project will perform the proof of concept of a new kind of hybrid photovoltaic devices which have been formulated theoretically. AMADEUS aims at kick-starting an emerging research community around this new technology.
The SceneNet project aims to combine audio-visual recordings of public events. Such recordings are made by multiple individuals with their own electronic devices and from arbitrary points of view. By aggregating the disparate files it will be possible to generate multi-view videos of the considered event. This technology may be applied to a number of fields, ranging from medicine to police investigations.
The SmartSociety project focused on the interaction between humans and machines. Operatively, the project investigated new kinds of so-called Collective Adaptive Systems. The ultimate goal was to contribute to the development of hybdrid systems where people and machines work together by implementing each other.
harvest4d targets a paradigm change in data acquisition and processing technology. Currently, 3D rendering of objects and places require dedicated scanning campaigns and post-production for optimal triangulated and textured models. The goal of the project is to go beyond this goal-driven acquisition approach in favour of sensors and available data determining the acquisition process.
The goal of the GEMINI project is to introduce a paradigm shift in optical sensing. This is done by engineering group-IV semiconductors to enable strong interaction between mid-infrared radiation and specific molecules of interest. The technology developed by the project may find important applications in a variety of fields, including medical diagnostics and photovoltaics.