Proposal for a


Background - existing infrastructure in the circumpolar region

The main sources of income in the circumpolar region includes such diverse activities as mining and mineral processing, fishing, forest industries, tourism, power plants, weather observations, space technology, off-shore and expected deep see operations. This creates needs for transportation, health care, telecommunication etc. Some obstacles for the development of the region are cost of transportation, time delays for repair of critical subsystems in industrial plants and human discomfort in health care etc.

Developments in INFOCOM

Some of the most dynamic areas today is in telecommunication, computing, multimedia and dynamic telepresence. These developing technologies will improve orders of magnitudes over ten years and give new possibilities for rapid problem solving over large distances for the needs outlined above.

Objectives of the Academy

Needs and Persistent Results

Telemedicin also using, in vivo, interaction. Health care with less time delay after accidents and reduced travel/costs for routine examinations.
Making the industrial plants in the region more competitive.
Products of enabling technologies developed by spin-off companies.
Remote monitoring and maintenance of equipment in industrial plants.
Remote assistance and instructions when starting up new equipment.
Telemonitoring of remote plants and installations


Telemedicin, remote monitoring and maintenance, telecooperation, teleinstructions, telecommands, remote laser pointer, video, laser-based sensors, dynamic telepresence, man-machine interfaces, virtual reality simulations

The next step

The proposal above is based on ongoing research at Luleå University of Technology - compare the reverse side. You are encouraged to consider how these new possibilities can improve your subject. A start is true cooperation between at least two partners giving a number of master thesis's and 3 year research projects for PhD's. Needs in telemedicin are well identified while perception and telepresence for dynamic scenarios might be a research area. Learning while doing!

We can be reached at

Mats Blomquist, Ph.D. student, Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Kjell Ohlsson, Prof. Technical Psychology, Dept. of Human Work Science
Åke Wernersson, Prof. Robotics, Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Teleinstructions and Telecommands

Close to the university campus a number of high technology companies in information technology and tele-communication, INFOCOM, was started in the early 80ies. The staff has increased from a few dozens to approx. 600 persons. One link between this INFOCOM industry and the university is the well established Centre for Distance-spanning Technology, CDT (

This page illustrates recent research on teleinstructions and telecommands where remotely located physical objects are to be measured, monitored, machined, controlled etc. More details in the proceedings.

This picture illustrates a unit for interactive teleinstructions. The equipment consists of a camera and a remotely controlled laser pointer. The range is measured by means of triangulation. The system can automatically track, say, a cable.

Typical telecommand scenario. The idea of telecommands is to point on an object and order a robot to complete, autonomously, say, a gripping operation or a measuring task.

Give the order in the picture - verify in the range map, or vice versa. The operator gives order to grip the distributor cap by pointing on the object in the picture. The robot verifies the command in the range map.

Last Modified: June 11, 1997
by Mats Blomquist (