Management (WP7)

The project management continued smoothly with the same range of activities as in the first two years, including

  • Planning, Workgroups and Workpackage coordination
  • Reports preparation

No changes are recorded in the management structure at both project level and research unit level. The internal group management worked very well and as a result the project has been successfully completed.

Conclusions

Brasov is a city with a population of 350,000 habitants. With about 17 Faculties and more than 25,000 students and 900 academic staff in 2008, Transilvania University of Brasov is the main academic institution in central Romania.

Project VEGA marked a turning point in the life of University Transilvania of Brasov. Not only helped to re-construct and re-settle a relatively small research group into a reputed research group at European level, but created an unprecedented model of development showing in the entire region that the performance at European level is possible and how this capacity could be built. This has had an enormous impact in the entire University demonstrated by the project oriented approach that followed project VEGA in many other departments. As already specified, the VR research group itself is currently running research projects exceeding 2 millions Euros, not to mention that this situation is multiplied in several other groups at the level of the University.

The key issues of the project as specified in the Technical annex have been addressed at the highest standard, as follows:

  • INCREASED SCOPE AND COMPETITIVE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE: -

At the beginning of the project, Virtual Reality was just a small topic within the scope of research at the Product Design and Robotics Department. Today, it became one of the two pillars of the department research, alongside the initial one of Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy sources. It became officially one of the 2 distinct research units of the department, clearly INCREASING THUS SIGNIFICANTLY the scope of research of the department. The infrastructure developed, is incontestably outstanding and was probably the key of the entire project success.

  • TRAINING and MOBILITY.

A large number of exchanges have been carried out during the project period, contribution decisively at the creation of relations (including personal relationships) between the VEGA researchers and scientists from Europe in the field of Virtual reality. As result of the VEGA project, a type of exchange that didn’t happen before was the hosting of researchers from Europe within the group in Brasov. This experience is currently continuing, the former VEGA partners from Europe are continuing to plan long stays within VEGA group on their own expenses, considering that is a profitable experience from the scientific point of view. This is a demonstration of the quality of research developed with the VEGA group

Today, the members of the group are not only known but also respected for their achievements. The new projects running within the group replace already the financial context created by the VEGA project and keep the level activity and international presence of the VEGA group at a level in continuous growth.

  • INTEGRATION INTO THE ERA.

University Transilvania is now a full partner in the community of Centres of Excellence at European level. Not only is a contractor in the FP6 NoE INTUITION that is gathering together virtually all relevant VR research centres in Europe, but one can say that it is centrally involved in the preparation of many future major European initiative planned at the moment. The active participation at the activities of NoE INTUITION and the former FP5 Thematic Network on Mobile Robots CLAWAR is providing the VEGA group with access to all major initiatives developed by these major networks in Europe. This is a clear demonstration that the VEGA research group is now fully integrated into the ERA.

For these absolutely outstanding achievements, the entire research group that has been involved in the project VEGA would like to thank the European Commission for the support awarded, with the certitude that this spirit will continue and project VEGA will remain as a foundation for future developments.

 

Brasov, June 2008-06-12

Doru Talaba,                                                    Gheorghe Mogan,
Project coordinator                                           Head of Department