Fundación LABEIN (LABEIN), Spain
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LABEIN Technological Centre is a private, independent, non-profit
foundation. It was created in 1955 and is currently managed according
to the Law of Foundations 12/94 of the Basque Country.
LABEIN offers services to both the Private and Public Sectors, and
to the Society in general, through the innovative application of its
advanced technological knowledge and experimental facilities, in order
to increase the competitiveness and satisfy the technological demands
of its customers. In order to fulfil such an objective.
LABEIN carries out the following activities:
- Projects for scientific and technological research, financed through
public R&D funds under specific programmes or agreements;
- Projects and services for scientific and technological research,
dissemination and technology transfer under contract with Industry
or the Public Administration;
- Technical support services such as Tests and Certification services,
quality control, standarisation, analysis, etc.;
LABEIN is a member of the Management Committee of ENAC and ESI, and
member of EUROLAB, EACRO,AENOR, FEDIT and EITE. It is also a member
of the TECNALIA corporation. Moreover it has a good experience in
carrying out collaborative projects at European level from different
European RTD and TT & innovation programmes (more than 100 up
to now) such as: GROWTH, SMT, CRAFT, IST, Environment, Innovation,
ECSC-Steel, SPRITE, RECITE, etc.
Currently, LABEIN is the co-ordinator of the Basque Country network
on virtual and augmented environments (TARVITEK).
The ENABLED project will be developed by the Virtual Prototypes group
within the Mechanics Unit. This group has a large experience in software
development for engineering applications as well as strong expertise
in carrying out RTD projects in the areas: geometric modelling, audio-haptic
interaction, assembly and maintenance simulation, distributed environments
and virtual heritage. During the last years, LABEIN has been working
in the integration of a geometric modeller developed by themselves
with different haptic devices, developing a library of force feedback
control algorithms to allow the user to interact with 3D virtual objects.
Two are the main application fields:
- Simulation of assembly and maintenance operations of mechanical components.
The latest work in this area was the European DIVIPRO project. There
a distributed application over Internet for simulating the aeronautical
design process, including haptic interaction, was developed.
- Accessibility of visually impaired people to the 3D graphic computer
world and its applications through the sense of touch and with audio
Currently, LABEIN is the co-ordinator of the GRAB IST project,
where a new Haptic & Audio virtual environment (using a new two-finger
Haptic interface) and new applications for blind people are being
This group has a close contact with ONCE (Spanish Blind National
Organsisation). This organization will provide feedback to the ENABLED
project and will be essential in the evaluation activities within
- José Ignacio Barbero is Mechanical Engineer form the University
of Navarra. He joined LABEIN in 1989 and currently is TASys Product
Manager, a [new window] Tolerance
Analysis System developed by LABEIN that is being sold
worlwide. He was Manager of the Virtual Prototypes Group until 2001.
Where he has coordinated projects related to haptic applications
for blind people. His main research interests are focused on Tolerance
Analysis, Virtual Prototypes, Haptic interaction, visualisation
techniques for engineering analysis and HPCN (High Performance Computing
and Networking). He has participated in multiple national and European
research projects and has co-ordinated the ESPRIT HIPERTTN project,
within the HPCN TTN (Technology Transfer Node) Network.
- Teresa Gutiérrez graduated from the Basque Country University
in 1989 in Mathematics. Since 1990 she has worked as a researcher
at the Mechanics Unit at LABEIN. She is currently Manager of the Virtual
Prototypes Group. She has participated in multiple national and European
research projects focused on the implantation of advanced CAD/CAM/CAE
techniques in the industry. Her main activities are related to: visualisation
and geometric modelling techniques (non-manifold topological structures,
intersection algorithms, Boolean operations) and its integration with
virtual reality tools (glasses, navigators and haptic interfaces)
in different fields: simulation of mechanical assemblies and applications
for blind and visually impaired people.