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The progress of scientific discovery goes hand-in-hand with the developments of technologies and instrumentation for measurement and analysis. The practical challenge facing scientists nowadays is often to ‘measure the impossible’.
This initiative is about supporting interdisciplinary research and novel investigative methods that could present prospects for advancing the measurement of multidimensional phenomena which are mediated by human interpretation and/or perception - to be able to advance the frontiers of the science of measurement and to respond to future requirements for measuring properties such as comfort, naturalness, perceived quality, feelings, body language and consciousness.
The emphasis is placed on the capability to measure the impossible, with the difficulty lying in the multifaceted character and multidisciplinarity of the research needs of physical, chemical and biological metrology. The Measuring the Impossible initiative aims to promote the creation of new interdisciplinary partnerships between researchers stemming from a wide range of research fields because the goals can only be achieved by pooling the creative potential of these researchers with their different scientific backgrounds.
From basic neurosciences to applied physics, the impact is expected to be important. For example, the future understanding of multidimensional perception of time, so poorly understood, will impact not only on distributed sensor networks but also in robotics, particularly in the development of humanoids simulating human cognitive processes.
Successful cooperation will result in innovative theories and methods for measuring complex human perception and interpretation. This will boost better sensor technology, better expert diagnostic systems and, last but not the least, better products. The perception and interpretation of these products by the consumer is key to securing sales.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22424 EN (2007), 35 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-22424-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-03854-0
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