CAiAC is a Studies and Research Centre within UAB, created in 2010. CAIAC is formed mainly by two complementary groups: CEPHIS from Engineering and TransMedia Catalonia from Audiovisual Translation. Members come also from other areas such as the Group of Graphic Visualisation and Modelling from Engineering, the Research group in Phonetics (Philology) and the Group of Image, Sound and Synthesis from Audiovisual Communication. There are also individual researchers from Philosophy or Humanities who make of CAiAC a centre with researchers from eight different departments.
The director of the centre is Dr Jordi Carrabina, and there are some 60 people from 8 departments and 4 different centres working under the umbrella of Ambient Intelligence from different disciplines, methodologies and approaches.
What is Ambient Intelligence?
Ambient Intelligence or intelligent environment describes a vision for the not very distant future society where people live surrounded by familiar interfaces with embedded, intelligent and intuitive objects which are able to recognize and respond to the presence of humans according to their needs. The increasing miniaturization of computer technology will lead, predictably, to highly efficient energy systems thanks to the increase in the level of processor integration with sensors and hybrid battery, solar cells, displays, etc. Formats will be flexible allowing for better integration with the environment.
Ambient Intelligence can be seen in the many everyday objects which complement traditional PCs (smartphones or RFID tags). These new communication devices establish new forms of communication in multiple formats and with interactions different to those provided by keyboards, mouse and tactile screens or speech orders. Soon we’ll also communicate with our clothes, watches, furniture, etc.. by various methods such as touch, sight, voice or nervous stimuli. At the same time these objects, in turn, will communicate with other people or objects or terminals hence forming intelligent and interactive networks.
CAiAC was created in July 2010 from the union of the Centre CEPHIS TECNIO (Engineering) and the SGR TransMedia Catalonia (Translation). The Centre for Prototypes and Solutions HW / SW is a center CEPHIS TECNIO of the Generalitat de Catalunya composed of 22 researchers and 4 scholarship holders in the field of engineering, electronics and telecommunications. As a TECNIO centre it offers companies the ability to deploy ICT prototype solutions quickly in order to advance their ideas for new products or services. CEPHIS works with a wide range of applications and technologies, but with a special focus on embedded systems, multimedia technology and printed electronics. CEPHIS has a strong vocation for applied research, technology transfer and service to the business and usually applies different models of collaboration, such as agreements, consortium projects, training, doctorates, patents, royalties, etc.
TransMedia Catalonia, led by Dr. Pilar Orero and made up by 10 researchers and several scholarship holders, analyses various aspects of audiovisual translation (dubbing, subtitling, voiceover, video games, etc.) and accessibility to the media (subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, respeaking). This is a consolidated group with funding (2009SGR700) which in recent years has experienced a strong growth in research and teaching activities (organizing European Masters in high demand). Transmedia Catalonia also offers an S3 eye-trackers service.
CAiAC has a multidisciplinary research approach, looking for complementary and audacious research methodologies and aiming to create a better future.
The Center resources are the following ones (HR and Equipment):