Studies on
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     Information and
     Telecommunication


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In summary

                                                   Key Facts
SMIT, is a multidisciplinary research centre for
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Key Competence


In order to contribute to the rise of a ‘user-friendly’ Information Society,
     IBBT-SMIT has a triple,...
Digital Media Policy


Policy considerations have always been at the         Key Projects
heart of our research on media, ...
Media Market &
    Innovation
The convergence and pervasiveness of media,        Key Projects
telecom and the internet inc...
Digital Media Use


The ‘Media - User Research’ cluster aims at             Key Projects
rethinking new media technology a...
Culture in the Network
    Society
Research within this cluster(Cultuurlab) is situated   Key Projects
at the intersection...
Health care & well
    being
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eHealth is a relatively...
iLAB.o



iLab.o - open innovation in ICT - sets up test
and experimentation platforms and performs
Living Lab research fo...
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  1. 1. Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication 12/18/07 1
  2. 2. In summary Key Facts SMIT, is a multidisciplinary research centre for Studies on Media, Information and Founded 1990 by Prof. Telecommunication. Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman It focuses on socio-economic, user and policy Director Prof. Dr. aspects of Information & Communication Caroline Pauwels Technologies and underlying infrastructures. 33 FTE researchers (2007) SMIT combines both fundamental and applied research, and has been active in short 7 PhD (FWO/IWT) and long term, as well as national and programs (2007) European research projects. 30 Research Projects The centre endeavours a multidisciplinary (2007) course with researchers within the fields of communication science, sociology, political Partner in COST, ENCIP, IAMCR, ECREA science, economy, arts, etc. Cooperation framework In 2004, SMIT became part of the IBBT with TNO initiative, and became IBBT-SMIT. From 2008 on, new premises: IBBT-VUB Offices Pleinlaan 9 2nd floor. 1050 Brussel
  3. 3. Key Competence In order to contribute to the rise of a ‘user-friendly’ Information Society, IBBT-SMIT has a triple, intertwined research scope. 1. Studies on social shaping of technologies & domestication in daily practices. SMIT aims at formulating recommendations ex ante technological engineering. 2. For a user-friendly information society to emerge, policy and regulatory options and foresights are studied on their inherent strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. 3. In-depth analyses on how ICT affect the overall business modelling of converging multimedia & multiplatform industries is performed.
  4. 4. Digital Media Policy Policy considerations have always been at the Key Projects heart of our research on media, ICT and telecommunications. IBBT-SMIT sees policy PhD programme on EU, analysis as an overall analytical framework to WTO and national understand government policy- both in its actions regulation issues in Media and failures to act- and regulation. and Creative Industries. Video-q-sac: IBBT (Video Quality). Video streaming, webTV, and other visual content are becoming more important. In video- q sac the focus is on Methodology: strategic uses of DRM and  within a political economic framework, analysing the surrounding changes how policy comes about, how different in copyright systems. It stakeholders influence policy, how different layers also analyses the debate of policy formulation interact and what the on Net Neutrality. consequences are. BILA II: (Flemish  evaluative approaches, assessing outcomes and Government) Next impacts against set objectives and goals Generation Networks.  assessing outcomes and impacts against While industrialized theoretical and moral frameworks countries are enhancing their networks fast (IPTV,  foresight studies making use of qualitative VoIP,...) the question research methods remains what these new developments mean for Prof.dr. Caroline Pauwels the developing world. (collaborative research cpauwels@vub.ac.be exchange between IBBT- +32 2 629 16 29 SMIT and LINK Centre in Johannesburg, S.A.). Prof.dr. Leo Van Audenhove leo.van.audenhove@vub.ac.be +32 2 629 16 32
  5. 5. Media Market & Innovation The convergence and pervasiveness of media, Key Projects telecom and the internet increases product and service complexity and forces companies to SPICE: IP FP6 (Service rethink their business model. IBBT-SMIT analyses Platform for Innovative constant evolutions and shifts in the ICT market Communication structure. We benchmark existing business Environment) models, detect market trends and assess the development of a next viability and potential implications of future generation mobile services business models. platform (Alcatel Lucent, France Telecom, ...). E2RII: IP FP6 (End-to- end Reconfigurability) development, trial and showcasing of architectural design of reconfigurable devices and supporting system functions to offer an extensive set of operational choices to telecom actors in the context of heterogeneous systems (Nokia, Motorola, ...) Methodology: MADUF: IBBT. Value value network analysis network and financial modelling of Mobile TV business stakeholder interviews and workshops using the DVB-H standard. business model development and simulation tools Partners include VRT, Belgacom and Telenet. . Pieter Ballon pieter.ballon@vub.ac.be +32 2 629 16 26
  6. 6. Digital Media Use The ‘Media - User Research’ cluster aims at Key Projects rethinking new media technology and services through user practices. The user expertise is MADUF:IBBT (Maximising situated on private as well as on professional level, DVB-H Usage in Flanders) mainly in the domains of e-entertainment and e- Setting up and leading an work: interactive television, mobile applications, e- ad hoc Living Lab for publishing, gaming, etc. Mobile TV services using DVB-H technology. We focus on potential transition in viewing practices and mobility of television (Belgacom, Telenet, ...) LLECOS: (Living Lab Experiments in Community Sharing). Testing a new kind of personal broadcast channels between individuals (currently developed by Microsoft Methodology: Research Cambridge)  investigation of the social context of new media delivering content use and domestication among people and in continuously across different types of offline and online communities. mobile and desktop platforms. (Microsoft, i-  user findings are embedded in the innovation City) process by using an iterative multi-method approach in conceptualising, experimenting and E-Paper: IBBT The digital evaluating new media. newspaper on electronic  research is often framed within a broader Living paper. Setting up the first Lab setting (focus on the new media use by people Living Lab with an in their everyday setting). electronic newspaper device. The outcome led to redesigning the device Prof.dr. Jo Pierson in order to better link in jpierson@vub.ac.be with the social context and reader practices. (i-REX, +32 2 629 16 27 De Tijd)
  7. 7. Culture in the Network Society Research within this cluster(Cultuurlab) is situated Key Projects at the intersection of culture and new media, or so called e-culture. It studies the transitions in Heritage 2.0 (IBBT) This cultural creation, cultural distribution and projects combines three presentation, cultural participation and cultural main challenges: the policy in the network society. creation of a common metadatamodel for the Flemish cultural heritage sector, research regarding the required network technology to pass location-based information within, and the development of a generic system for the automatic generation of context and visitor related data. Research questions: Pokumon (IBBT) This How are real and virtual culture interwoven and aims at the development of a disclosure tool for how does this hybrid cultural world change the multimedia content of practices of cultural creation and participation? Flemish performing arts. Is the new generation experiencing culture in a This to fulfil the need to new, more active way? disclose archived material How can we understand the new relations to several categories of end-users according to a between cultural content and cultural actors in a standardised metadata network society? exchange model. How are existing roles in the cultural field changing in the context of a hybrid cultural Policy Research (CJSM) domain? The centre for Policy Research on Culture, Youth & Sports is a Gert Nulens consortium for fundamental and policy gert.nulens@vub.ac.be driven research for the +32 2 629 16 44 Flemish Government. Within this consortium SMIT is responsible for the research track concerning e-culture.
  8. 8. Health care & well being Key Projects eHealth is a relatively recent IBBT-SMIT research domain in full development. Because of the public- COPLINTHO: IBBT private character of the sector, specific expertise is (Innovative necessary. The eHealth cluster of IBBT-SMIT has Communication Platforms for Interactive expertise in doing socio-technical research on the eHomeCare) developing a interplay between health care practices and new multi-media platform ICT developments. supporting the care process IM3: IBBT (Interactive Mobile Medical Monitoring) tele-monitoring with cardiac patients at home TRANSECARE: IBBT (Transparant ICT platforms for eCare) Supporting independent living of people with degenerative dependencies using home care platforms Methodology: A multi-stakeholder perspective (patients, informal and formal care takers, hospitals, insurers, medical call centres, ...) is adhered in our user research on current and future practices and the experience of them in their everyday life, as well as in the business analyses of plausible business models. Dr. An Jacobs an.jacobs@vub.ac.be +32 2 629 16 48
  9. 9. iLAB.o iLab.o - open innovation in ICT - sets up test and experimentation platforms and performs Living Lab research for achieving policy and business goals using experimental methods as well as a multi-stakeholder analysis and co- design with users, policy and business partners. It is part of the IBBT-SMIT and IBBT-ETRO research group based at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, and makes use of a WiFi mesh pilot network in the heart of Brussels. Pieter Ballon pieter.ballon@vub.ac.be +32 2 629 16 26 WiFi mesh pilot network VUB Campus
  10. 10. Vrije Universiteit Brussel - IBBT SMIT: Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication Pleinlaan 9 - 1050 Brussels www.smit.vub.ac.be - www.ibbt.be IBBT-SMIT Contact: Hans.De.Canck@vub.ac.be

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