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Innovative collaborative work environments for individuals and teams in design and engineering


The overall objective of CoSpaces is to develop organisational models and distributed technologies supporting innovative collaborative workspaces for individuals and project teams within distributed virtual manufacturing enterprises to establish effective partnerships, collaborate, be creative, improve productivity, reduce length of design cycles and take a holistic approach to implementing product phases. This will be achieved through enhanced human communication, innovative visualisation, knowledge support and natural interaction and will transform the current working practices to be more competitive in the global market. CoSpaces proposes to validate these collaborative workspaces against three sectors: aerospace, automotive and construction. However, the impact of this research will go beyond these three sectors due to the generic nature of the technologies. CoSpaces will undertake the ambitious challenge of developing the technical, organisational and human networks to build collaborative workspaces. This will be achieved through a systematic and integrated programme of RTD activities, dissemination, training, demonstration and exploitation activities, led by a core consortium of European experts who are committed to this mission.

CoSpaces IP focuses on implementing the roadmap developed by the Future_Workspaces roadmap project, involving over 100 key players from large number of areas. As a result of this roadmap activity, this consortium has already defined a 10-year European Vision for future collaborative working environments together with future scenarios, research challenges and key players for implementing this roadmap. The aim of this IP is to initiate a programme of activities to implement this 10 year European vision to the benefit of European business, workforce, society and the ERA with a selection of the identified key players. CoSpaces directly address the three layered tasks that are the strategic objective Collaborative Working Environments.

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