Vision

Extending the Reach of the Information and Knowledge Society

Fraunhofer AICOS vision is to enhance people’s living standards by offering them intuitive and useful technology solutions, capable of facilitating their access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and therefore leading to the integration of an increasingly large sector of the population in the Information and Knowledge Society.

For that purpose, Fraunhofer AICOS wishes to bridge the many barriers that usually hamper people from actively using ICT and effectively participate in the Information and Knowledge Society, such as:

 

Literacy barriers:

People not using ICT due to educational reasons such as reduced technological literacy;

 

Behavioural barriers:

People not using ICT due to their unwillingness/incapacity to embrace new technologies given their complexity and difficulty of use;

 

Physiological barriers:

People not using ICT due to reasons such as reduced mobility, vision, hearing, memory and/or information processing capacity;

 

Economic barriers:

People not using ICT due to economic reasons and reduced income;

 

Geographic barriers:

People not using ICT due to their peripheral location (areas with no physical access to ICT infrastructure).

 

Simultaneously, we aspire to revolutionize the scientific landscape in Portugal by changing industry beliefs and prejudices regarding technological innovation done in collaboration with scientific institutions.