November 7, 2022
The second round of the international research project IC xR-P (International Cooperation on VR/AR Projects) has now been successfully completed, a cooperation between Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland, the Institut Supérieur d'Informatique et du Multimédia de Sfax in Tunisia, and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA). The IC xR-P project is supported by the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students - BWS plus, a program of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The project is funded over three years with a sum of € 73,000. It aims to develop new innovative VR/AR (virtual or augmented reality) approaches to vocational training (in e.g. nursing, emergency services, trade) and for knowledge transfer (e.g. schools, universities, museums), and to have numerous users, on an international level and across industries, evaluate these solutions.
International project teams of students present their findings in Tunisia
This year's final event took place from 17th to 21st October, 2022 at the Institut Supérieur d'Informatique et du Multimédia de Sfax in Tunisia, with representatives from business, science, culture, and politics of the project partner countries Germany, Finland and Tunisia taking part.
For this, the students involved in the project - as three mixed university teams, each consisting of two students each from Germany, Finland and Tunisia - developed and evaluated three innovative and application-oriented VR/AR applications in close cooperation with external partners from the respective partner countries:
- For the sub-project "AR-Installation App for the Replacement of Heating Equipment" an AR application was developed using LiDAR technology (Light Detection and Ranging) to support installers with fitting and replacing heating equipment, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) as application partner.
- In cooperation with the Faculty of "Health and Well-Being" at Turku University of Applied Sciences, a comprehensive VR application for training students in nursing professions in the preparation and dosage of medication was developed under the sub-project "VR Application for Nursing Calculations".
- The sub-project "AR/VR Application Sufetula" was realized with the Tunisian National Agency for Cultural Heritage Development and Promotion and aims to develop an AR/VR application for the virtual reconstruction of the ancient Roman city of Sufetula in west-central Tunisia. The AR/VR application is intended to provide users with an immersive virtual tour and thus consistent experience of Sufetula, so that the city with its historical monuments can be explored in detail. The visit to this ancient city including a live demonstration of the developed AR/VR application to the audience, museum visitors and staff proved to be a highlight of this year's final event. The users of the AR/VR application concurred that it enhances the visit to the ancient site into an incredible journey back in time to the first century AD by supplementing and completing the physically missing artifacts with realistic and detailed 3D virtual graphic models and other interaction features (https://youtu.be/dJNg1A4cgHk).
"The German, Finnish and Tunisian students involved in the project benefit twice," emphasizes project leader Prof. Dr. Fahmi Bellalouna from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at HKA. "Not only do they gain professional expertise in VR/AR technology but they also gain valuable international and intercultural experience that will be extremely helpful for their future careers also.” Following the conclusion of this round of projects, the partner universities have already begun defining new and application-oriented project tasks for the third and final round of projects in 2023, which will involve a further 18 Finnish, Tunisian and German students.
The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM supports the international exchange of students and vocationally qualified people. Since 2001, it has enabled more than 25,000 young people from Baden-Württemberg to gain experience abroad and allowed scholarship holders from other countries to visit Baden-Württemberg. Approximately 1,500 young people receive a Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM each year. www.bw-stipendium.de
Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus
With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually. Since 2011, more than 100 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
advocates a vital Baden-Württemberg with a high quality of life for all its residents. It helps pave the way for advanced technological progress, high quality education, and a responsible relationship with fellow human beings. The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Germany. It is the only foundation which exclusively and above party lines invests in the future of the state of Baden-Württemberg – and thus in the future of its citizens. www.bwstiftung.de
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