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The MOSAIC (Mobile Worker Support Environments) Specific Support Action is funded by the European Commission under the IST 6th Framework programme, Strategic Objective “Applications and Services for the Mobile User and Worker”, Call 2 (FP6-IST-2003-2 004341). Key objective MOSAIC is to accelerate innovation in Mobile Worker Support Environments by shaping future research and innovation activities in Europe.
MOSAIC develops scenarios and roadmaps for mobile and location-aware working, builds strategies for deploying innovative mobile work technologies and applications in sector domains, and starts up initiatives for joint research and innovation.
The important challenge for our future economy and society is to establish human-centric and highly flexible work environments where technology is in the background and people are on the foreground. MOSAIC explores business and societal innovation, thus preparing Europe for deploying innovative mobile technology in a range of application domains to support mobile workers in distributed and location-sensitive settings.
Key areas addressed by MOSAIC are: Healthcare and Wellbeing, Life-Cycle Management sectors like building, construction, and manufacturing, and Rural and Regional Work Environments. MOSAIC works closely with the New Working Environments Unit within the European Commission to shape future Framework Programmes and establish communities in the area of Ambient Intelligence (AMI) @ Work, covering the three key innovation domains as well as strategic “horizontal” knowledge areas such as collaboration, mobility and knowledge.
The MOSAIC Consortium represents 15 major companies, research organisations and SME in 8 countries (UK, France, Italy, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland). The consortium covers all segments of the Mobile Work value chain, including end-user domains.
Additionally to the consortium, its members have access to highly important organisations and networks in various areas of mobile work outside the consortium, including those in Enlargement countries. MOSAIC work activities will be undertaken in close cooperation with these organisations and networks, and with stakeholders at the national levels engaged in research and innovation programmes.
Key objective of the MOSAIC Specific Support Action in the IST 6th Framework Programme is to accelerate innovation in Mobile Worker Support Environments by shaping future research and innovation activities in Europe. The important challenge for our future economy and society is to establish human-centric and highly flexible work environments where technology is in the background and people are on the foreground. MOSAIC explores business and societal innovation, thus preparing Europe for deploying innovative mobile technology in a range of application domains to support mobile workers in distributed and location-sensitive settings.
MOSAIC focuses on mobile working in three key domains: (1) Healthcare and Wellbeing, (2) Life-Cycle Management sectors like building, construction, and manufacturing, and (3) Rural and Regional Work Environments. MOSAIC works closely with the New Working Environments Unit within the European Commission to shape future Framework Programmes and establish communities in the area of Ambient Intelligence (AMI) @ Work, covering the three key innovation domains as well as strategic “horizontal” knowledge areas such as collaboration, mobility and knowledge. In addition to the well-established players, MOSAIC encourages participation of small and medium size enterprises and small research teams across Europe including new member states.
In order to achieve its aim and objectives, MOSAIC carries out a series of parallel activities such as expert network building; identification of mobile work good practices and critical success factors in current mobile work pilots and national programmes; identification of future R&D needs, development of domain-specific roadmaps to support the successful deployment of mobile working within the chosen three application sectors; development of a generic roadmap and research agenda for mobile working; promote Europe wide collaboration for deploying mobile work environments; and run working groups and dissemination activities. Through these multi-disciplinary work activities, MOSAIC aims to influence EU policies and strategies for research and innovation in the area of mobile worker and mobile work environments. Driving force for MOSAIC is the challenge for supporting efficient, intuitive, user-oriented and ‘human-centric’ work environments where technology is aligned to organisations and human behaviour, enabling people to work together irrespective of constraints in locations and time. Undoubtedly, ICTs supporting mobility, context- and location-awareness, networking and ambient interfaces will play an important role in implementing this challenge.
However the impact of these ICTs on the worker environment is not well understood, hindering innovation. Therefore technical, organisational and geographical aspects of workplace innovation, and coping with social issues in mobility, sustainability and quality of work should go hand in hand with ICT innovation. MOSAIC therefore pursues a holistic and multi-disciplinary view on innovation, bringing together different disciplines and communities, in particular those in the areas of mobile and wireless technologies and applications, workplace innovation, and spatial infrastructures for living and working. We believe that in order to exploit the potential of the area and set out a realistic research and innovation strategy and create an industry support base, boundaries between traditional disciplines and communities should be overcome. MOSAIC aims to create a “breeding ground” for such multi-disciplinary collaboration and innovation in the area of mobile work environments.
MOSAIC Network offers membership to individuals and organisations either users, researchers, providers, consultants, policy makers and decision makers interested in contributing to shape the vision of the future mobile workplace, and to commonly develop scenarios and roadmaps for application domains in mobile working. MOSAIC workshops are organised jointly with AMI@Work family of communities’ events as organised by the New Working Environments unit of the European Commission.
WP 1 Mobile Work Roadmap Development, RTD Strategy and RTD Agenda This activity prepares and coordinates the development of a Mobile Work roadmap and research and innovation agenda. It influences future strategies through developing a vision and roadmap. It specifies the methodology to be used, and guides its development through its vision on Mobile Work. It integrates and synthesizes results of best practice and roadmap and research agenda development activities, as prepared by Application Domain activities. The work includes the tasks of developing of mobile working scenarios and vision, preparation of the mobile work roadmap, preparing for joint RTD and innovation initiatives. Coordinator: Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer Applied Information Technology
WP 2 Domain Specific Innovation in Mobile Workspaces This activity investigates the best practice and identifies success factors in mobile working and explores prospects for RTD and innovation in specific application domains. Relations will be established with relevant mobile work projects to use them as case studies. For various Application Domains partnership networks will be initiated involving various national stakeholders, and they will be involved in best practices and success factor analysis, identification of technology challenges, requirements and scenario elaboration, domain-specific user and technology requirements, domain-specific roadmap development. Results will be used in WP1 in order to prepare joint RTD and innovation activities. Application domains will be: (1) Healthcare and Wellbeing; (2) Life-Cycle management (Manufacturing, Building and Construction), (3) Rural and Regional Working. Coordinator: Terrence Fernando, University of Salford
WP3 Network, Communication and Dissemination This activity develops the MOSAIC constituency: the network of business, research and policy stakeholders and actors who currently are involved in relevant RTD projects, pilots, national initiatives/projects/programmes and policy activities. Their interest and commitment will be gained to participate directly or indirectly in MOSAIC activities, e.g. in roadmapping and in preparing joint RTD and innovation. Major tasks include T3.1 development of a constituency (MOSAIC network), T3.2 dissemination activities (distributing news and relevant articles and issuing Quarterly newsletters, coordination of MOSAIC support for AMI @ Work, organising a MOSAIC event), T3.3 providing web-based support; T3.4 encouraging the set up of working groups addressing cross-disciplinary domains and linking the technology related work to communities in workplace innovation, thus enriching application domain activities. WP3 will be carried out in close relationship with AMI @ Work community events. Coordinator: Marc Pallot, EsoCE-NET
WP4 Societal Change Aspects of Mobile Work Environments This activity identifies and elaborates strategies for initiating and managing change in the area of new, mobile work environments. Work environments form part of a broader societal environment, and MOSAIC will deal with issues of change management at this level in relation to business and organisational innovation related to new work environments. To this end, the consortium will establish relations with major stakeholders at the relevant policy and strategy levels and with important networks involved in new working environments policy and change issues. WP4 will be closely related to and interacting with WP1, WP2 and WP3, as societal change aspects are embedded in these activities as well as in the Communities MOSAIC is supporting. The work draws on and feeds back into WP1 (T1.4 Preparing joint innovation activities); WP2 (T2.1. Best practices and success factors and T2.2-T2.4 Domain specific innovation), and WP3 (T3.1 Networking and T3.3 Working Groups). Members of the MOSAIC Associated Partner Network will support this activity and will be enlarged in the process of attracting important new stakeholders and networks, at national and international levels. Coordinator: Hans Schaffers, Telematica Instituut
WP5 Project Coordination and Administration This activity package ensures the over-all project coordination and progress monitoring of the project towards the stated objectives and deliverables, maximizing the impact of MOSAIC, and optimising the relationships with key stakeholders and the Commission. Besides overseeing and coordinating the implementation of work activities, it includes legal, financial, administrative, quality assurance aspects.