The b-Part consortium has been carefully constituted and consists of three research institutions with both complementary long-standing expertise and access to different special testing environments in order to create an innovative, user-accepted, and sustainable framework for pervasive participation in a joint effort. With the respective fields of expertise and the available research facilities, the three partners form a highly well-balanced consortium to investigate the concept of pervasive participation.


FTW Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (FTW) is a nationally leading and internationally acclaimed centre for research and development of technologies for future communication systems. The i:lab (Interfaces and Interaction Lab), one of the four research groups at FTW, places the user in the center of technological innovation. The group currently comprises 15 persons and provides a unique combination of user-centered design expertise and technological leadership. One of the core strengths of the i:lab is the optimal involvement of the end-user throughout the whole ICT development process. Furthermore, rapid design and virtual prototyping allow for realistic user experience, product showcasing and feasibility assessment.

As of January 1st 2016, AIT has replaced the FTW as partner in the “b-Part project”:

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) is Austria’s leading and largest non-university research institute with around 1.100 employees and further Diploma- and PhD students. The institute works on funded and contractual research in close collaboration with industry and public institutions. AIT’s Innovation Systems Department with its Technology Experience unit will contribute to this project.
The ‘Technology Experience’ unit comprises of an interdisciplinary research team dealing with user experience and its various contextual influence factors. Based on enhanced foundational interaction thinking, research activities aim to create dedicated experiences in key technology areas and application contexts in order to optimally align future technologies to specific user groups and different contextual situations.

utu_small The University of Turku (UTU) is Finland´s second largest university. Its Faculty of Social Sciences is an international, multidisciplinary institute providing education both in the Finnish and the English languages. The Department of Social Research involves research and studies in four majors: sociology, economic sociology, social policy and social work. The department manages and hosts also multi-disciplinary urban studies minor, comprising courses of various disciplines from two local universities. Urban research is a strengthening research area among the Department of Social Research’s as well as UTU’s portfolio. The platform for developing urban research is organised as a network called Turku Urban Research Programme, launched in 2009. It is a joint initiative between the City of Turku, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.
oru_small The multidisciplinary Centre for urban and regional studies (CUReS) at Örebro University (ORU) comprises 43 researchers in such various fields as Architecture, Biology, History, Human geography, Media & Communication Studies, Public health, Political Science and Sociology. In focus of research at the Center are processes and outcomes related to the interplay between society, nature and the built environment. The current research of CUReS could roughly be categorized according to five themes: Regions of growth and stagnation; Place and identity; Urban development and place-making; Environmental regulation and planning; and Governance, networks and democracy. Within this broad multidisciplinary framework, CUReS has provided cutting-edge research relating to e-democracy and e-government for the last 15 years.