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urbanAPI - Interactive Analysis Simulation and Visualisation Tools for Urban Agile Policy Implementation


Research partners

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. - Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (Fraunhofer IGD)

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Fraunhofer IGD is the world's leading institute for applied research in the field of visual computing. Visual computing stands for image- and model-based information technology. It includes computer graphics, computer vision, as well as virtual and augmented reality. The range of applications of the concepts, models and practical solutions spans from virtual product development to medicine, commerce, and multimedia learning and training. In the project urbanAPI Fraunhofer IGD acts on the one hand as coordinator and leader of two work packages and is on the other hand responsible for the management and communication of the project internally and to the outside.

Web: http://www.igd.fhg.de/

University of the West of England, Bristol, Centre for Research in Sustainable Planning and Environments and Centre for Complex Cooperative Systems (UWE)

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University of the West of England is one of the leading institutes in the UK for research and education in the fields of environment and technology. The above centres bring together a wide range of disciplines within the natural and built environment including environmental management, healthy urban planning, spatial planning, distributed computing and data management amongst others. Within urbanAPI UWE focuses on the development of ICT tools for spatial planning and supporting the IUME initiative, stakeholder engagement and the assessment of the outcomes of the project.

Web: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/et/research/researchcentresandgroups.aspx

Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH - Department Foresight and Policy Development (AIT)

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The AIT is Austria's largest, non-university research organisation with several 100 academic employees, working on contract research for government and industry. AIT‘s Foresight & Policy Development (F&PD) Department will be engaged in the project. The department has a staff of around 50 scientists, working on consultancy and research projects for customers in Austria, the EU and Asia. AIT will concentrate on carrying out the development of new and enhancement of their current ICT tools for planning and policy evaluation. AIT will also contribute with an urban growth simulation model.

Web: http://www.ait.ac.at/

Commercial service providers

GeoVille GmbH

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GeoVille is an internationally operating company providing consultancy, services and products related to remote sensing, geo-information and geographic information systems. GeoVille's mission is to offer turnkey solutions for efficient earth observation (EO), spatial data management and analysis. GeoVille will be leading the dissemination and exploitation activities together with IGD. Additionally, it will be responsible for data analysis, harmonisation, correction and integration into the database for the development of the software platform.

Web: http://www.geoville.com

AEW srl

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AEW is a consulting company, based in Rome, Italy, operating in the fields of environmental management, assessment, auditing and planning for both public and private bodies. AEW consists of a network of environmental specialists providing integrated and multidisciplinary services specifically focused around stakeholder engagement. Within urbanAPI AEW will be responsible for the stakeholder engagement / requirements gathering as well as for the testing in cities and the tools validation.

Web: http://aew-environment.com/

City partners

City of Bologna (COBO)

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The City of Bologna plays a leading role in national environmental policies and has frequently received international acknowledgement for its achievements. Bologna is a founder member of ICLEI, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (since 1993) and in 1994 adopted the Charter of European Cities and Towns Towards Sustainability (The Aalborg Charter). Within the project Bologna will serve as case study for the tools developed and will organise the local stakeholder involvement according to the project proposal.

Web: http://www.comune.bologna.it/

Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration “Ecoregions” – ASDE

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ASDE is a non-profit organisation in public benefit, registered in 1997 and located in Sofia. ASDE’s priority areas are implementing the principles of Local Agenda 21 for sustainable development, monitoring of changes in the urban environment, urban sprawl and urban vulnerability. ASDE will provide contributions to the stakeholder engagement and requirements gathering for the city of Ruse as well as to the testing, tool validation and involvement of stakeholders.

Web: http://www.asde-bg.org/

Municipality of Ruse

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The Municipality of Ruse is in North-eastern Bulgaria. To the north is the Danube River, which separates Bulgaria from Romania. The city of Ruse is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Ruse. The Municipality of Ruse comprises the municipalities of Slivo Pole, Ivanovo, Borovo, Byala, Vetovo, Dve Mogili and Tsenovo. Moreover, Ruse is the administrative centre of the North Central Planning Region which includes the municipalities of Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Pleven, Gabrovo and Lovech. The city has a distinct central area, residential areas, and two industrial zones-the East Zone and the West Zone- where most of local industrial activity takes place.

Web: http://www.ruse-bg.eu/

City of Vienna

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The engaged body of the City of Vienna is the urban development department (MA18) which has substantial experience in geospatial data applications related to urban planning. Vienna has a very advanced ICT-infrastructure, supporting planning and public participation and is able to provide a wide range of data sets. Within urbanAPI Vienna is interested in the Virtual Reality creator and the mobile communication device locator applications and will report on requirements, evaluation and tests of the toolset with its applications.

Web: http://www.wien.gv.at/

Vitoria-Gasteiz (CEA)

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The Environmental Studies Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz (CEA) is a public agency funded by the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain). Its mission is to promote environmental education, training and research, at the same time as promoting the development of new lines of work. Within the project urbanAPI CEA will seek the involvement of different municipal departments and agencies (Urbanism, Technology Management and Citizen Care, Citizens’ Participation, Environment and Sustainability, Economic Development and the Office of Strategic Plan).

Web: http://cea.vitoria-gasteiz.org