The aim of iÂ³ (pronounced "eye-cubed") is to develop new human-centred interfaces for interacting with information, aimed at the future broad population. iÂ³ aims at a radical departure from present-day human-machine interface concepts and does this under the assumption that this can only be done guided by a long term vision intertwining human, societal and technological factors. Clearly it is not sufficient to simply encourage improvements to current interfaces - what is needed are new paradigms for interacting with information. For such new paradigms to be given a chance of emerging, new guiding visions are necessary. For this reason, iÂ³ first called for new human-centred visions/masterplans ("schemata") for future interfaces, and will then call for projects that will carry out the work guided by the very best of these visions.
To set a starting point for the schemata, were chosen that describe the principal characteristics of interfaces to be considered:
These themes are described in more detail in the original 1995 general information pack . Schemata are to provide a human-centred vision for interacting with information through a guiding master-plan for a set of inter-related and coordinated projects, inspired by the above themes. Following an elaboration of the successful schema proposals, an open call for project proposals will result in a selection of projects that implement the schema objectives. Schemata will be expected to encourage a dynamic balance of project autonomy, inter-project cooperation and competition; they should be open to interdisciplinary participation from domains such as technology, design, human-factors and the arts.
The timing of iÂ³ is based around two stages: a call for schemata and a call for projects . The first stage has now been completed, and the next major stage will be the call for projects.
1. Open call for schema proposals (September 1995)
- Evaluate and select two schemata (January/February 1996).
- The selected schemata are elaborated and finalised in agreement with the Commission (March - June 1996).
- Information pack preparation (July/August 1996)
2. Open call for projects based on the schemata (16 September 1996)
It is hoped that the iÂ³ projects will deliver new models, new techniques and new technologies that could, if successful, constitute the necessary building blocks for the interfaces of tomorrow. The expectation is that results from iÂ³ projects could feed into the downstream programmes of Esprit or ACTS, in the further development of such research. In addition the models, techniques and insights gained from iÂ³ projects could provide input for future telematics projects that might integrate, test and deploy applications in the user context.
The iÂ³ initiative has a budget of up to 25 million ecu.
The URL of this document is /esprit/src/eyeinfo.htm
It was last updated on 9 August 1996, and is maintained by Jakub Wejchert - (email removed)