GraphicsMedia.net is an international organization that coordinates the activities of research and development (R&D), technology transfer and the exploitation in Computer Graphics, Multimodal-Multimedia Technologies, and Visual Interactive Digital Media & 3D Video Technologies. GraphicsMedia.net is open to international applied R&D institutes (public/private), R&D units of multinational companies and multinational hi-tech transfer companies. Common interest is international collaboration in Joint Applied Research Projects, Academic / Scientific knowledge transfer, and Technology Transfer and Innovation. The current members of GraphicsMedia.net are located in Germany, Italy, Panama, Portugal, and Spain with together about 250 researchers, an aggregated project volume of yearly € 20 million, and about 140 publications in high ranking international journals and conferences. Its office is based in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Disney Research Zurich
The Walt Disney Company is world’s largest entertainment enterprise, including a diverse mixture of different business units, such as film production, parks and resorts, and consumer products. The Media Networks unit comprises a vast array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and Internet businesses. Disney is primarily an entertainment company and strongly interested in establishing the media industry value chain together with European partners. Disney Research is a group if internal and external research laboratories within The Walt Disney Company that share the common mission of inventing new technologies for the media & entertainment. Disney Research reflects the strong focus on technology and complements other groups within the company that focus on the application of existing technologies to Disney’s businesses. Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) is a newly established research laboratory associated with ETH Zurich, one of Europe’s leading technical universities. DRZ unifies worldwide leading researchers in the areas of computer graphics, computer vision and video processing. Formally DRZ is part of The Walt Disney Studios (Schweiz) GmbH.
Associação CCG/zgdv – Centro de Computação Gráfica
The Association / ZGDV – Centro de Computação Gráfica (CCG) was founded in 1993 and established at the University of Minho in 2001 as a research, development, training and consulting entity. CCG is a private, non-profit organization, and is integrated in the Portuguese Scientific System. CCG R&D activity targets at areas of applied research for Virtual Characters and Actors, Usability Research and Services, Urban and Mobile Computing, Engineering Process Maturity and Software Quality Engineering, Creative Media and Perception and Visualization. Relevant experience of CCG for MOSAIC 2B derives from the past work in terms of international cooperation and implementation of projects for technology transfer. Of particular relevance are the projects implemented in the context of cooperation established in Mozambique and East-Timor. The experience and know-how acquired in such projects will be transferred into MOSAIC 2B. Also of particular relevance is the in-house know-how on mobile-based applications development for mobile information acquisition, processing and delivery, as well as on the most of the other technologies to be applied in MOSAIC 2B scenarios.
University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria is one of the top research universities in South Africa. The Department of Informatics resides within the School of Information Technology in the EBIT (Engineering, Build Environment and Information Technology) faculty. Within the department our focus is mainly being involved in pragmatic projects that results and contribute to the knowledge building within the diverse culture in South Africa. We believe in combining our teaching and research and the Department of Informatics is the only Informatics department in Africa with ABET accreditation, which reflects the high-quality of teaching within the Department. We have a large staff compliment (23 academic staff members) with 12 staff members with PhDs. We have a strong interest in the ICT4D domain in our research and on a yearly basis publish our results in world-class ICT4D journals and conference proceedings.
EPI-USE Africa provides software solutions and related services. These, primarily, take the form of custom software development and SAP add-ons and include the implementation of SAP® Human Capital management (HCM), SAP NetWeaver®, Business Intelligence solutions based on SAP Business Objects™ and off-the-shelf software products that add capability to SAP ERP, HCM, SRM and CRM systems. EPI-USE has been developing software since the company was founded, over 30 years ago. Our heritage as a software development company can be found in our name, EPI-USE, which is an acronym for “Unit for Software Engineering” – USE. The services has expanded to also include testing services and data management. EPI-USE’s client portfolio includes many of the largest and most respected names in multinational corporations in providing a multitude of solutions. As a result, we pride ourselves on a well-deserved reputation worldwide as a company able to deliver consistent excellence in its field. Our growing operations in the Americas, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa are testimony to our quest to never compromise on our standards.
Infusion is a socially conscious research and knowledge hub with a mission to attract attention to and facilitate discussion around business/market related challenges facing South Africa and extensive parts of Africa. No market is without risk or without opportunity and an open mind and in-depth understanding of both risks and opportunities help, firstly, to identify attainable opportunities and thereafter sustainable business. Infusion believes that when running a sustainable business in an underdeveloped market, it is insufficient to solely capitalise on opportunities in select consumer segments. It is imperative to realize that future markets are being created (or destroyed) daily, and a wide angle view is necessary to navigate the success of any initiative. To incorporate this into the Infusion business model means a focus on innovative systems, continuous connections to local communities, capitalising on ideas around intelligent business and a focus on smart partnerships. An example of such a partnership is the successful community-based contextual research project: the South African Capability Study– in association with the Centre for Democratising Information.