Luleå tekniska universitet (LTU)
LTU is one of three technical universities in Sweden and focuses on applied research in collaboration with industry and society. LTU conducts research in 70 research subjects with an annual turnover of 70 million €. The Department of Computer Science, Space and Electrical Engineering (CSSEE) at LTU conducts research in pervasive and mobile computing, computer science, computer networks, embedded internet systems, biomedical engineering, control technology and signal processing. CSSEE has around 150 employees including 70 PhD students, where research projects often are conducted at the Centre for Distance-spanning Technology (CDT) which is a centre bridging academic research with industrial and societal needs through partner organisations like Ericsson Research, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Norrbotten County Council, and the City of Luleå.
The Media Technology research group at LTU has been involved in several large-scale projects at the European level, often at CDT and EIC, since 1995. The Esprit project MATES was central in founding the IST prize winning company Marratech in 1998, which was acquired by Google in 2007. This research was continued in the FP5 projects Roxy and MediaSite. The FP5 project MobiHealth supported elderly people with mobile solutions and the FP6 project FP6 COGKNOW successfully prototyped and is commercialising assistive technologies for people with dementia, which was later continued in the European regional project MemoryLane focusing on adding memory support through life-logging concepts, and in the FP7 coordination action AALIANCE.(roadmap and strategic research agenda for Europe). In the FP6 integrated project WearIT@work the group was involved in electronic meeting tools for wearable computers. The ERA pilot BrainBridges sought a wider distribution of collaborative working environments to sponsor electronic co-creativity, which later was a continued focus of the group in the FP6 integrated project Laboranova. A number of national and regional projects have in addition been conducted together with local industry, such as Alipes, Situate, MobiGroup, Turbûla and GroupMedia.
In Dem@Care, and through the Media Technology group, LTU leads WP6 – Client-side Interaction, bringing its longstanding expertise in mobile, context-aware and pervasive computing systems for advanced e-Health applications, which can support people with dementia with life-logging based memory support tools as part of cognitive prosthetics. The group will lead research in context discovery and prediction, proactive adaptation, multimedia communication and social networking technologies, and will continue pursuing applying research results to life-logging based memory support tools. LTU is also responsible for the running of the pilots in Sweden.