The Lab@Future Project

“Moving Towards the Future of E-Learning”
  • Veronique Baudin
  • Martin Faust
  • Hannes Kaufmann
  • Vivian Litsa
  • Daisy Mwanza
  • Arnaud Pierre
  • Alexandra Totter
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 171)


This paper presents Lab@Future, an advanced e-learning platform that uses novel Information and Communication Technologies to support and expand laboratory teaching practices. For this purpose, Lab@Future uses real and computer-generated objects that are interfaced using mechatronic systems, augmented reality, mobile technologies and 3D multi user environments. The main aim is to develop and demonstrate technological support for practical experiments in the following focused subjects namely: Fluid Dynamics - Science subject in Germany, Geometry - Mathematics subject in Austria, History and Environmental Awareness — Arts and Humanities subjects in Greece and Slovenia. In order to pedagogically enhance the design and functional aspects of this e-learning technology, we are investigating the dialogical operationalisation of learning theories so as to leverage our understanding of teaching and learning practices in the targeted context of deployment.

Key words

Activity theory synchronous and asynchronous learning mixed and augmented realities e-learning laboratories 


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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Veronique Baudin
    • 1
  • Martin Faust
    • 2
  • Hannes Kaufmann
    • 3
  • Vivian Litsa
    • 4
  • Daisy Mwanza
    • 5
  • Arnaud Pierre
    • 6
  • Alexandra Totter
    • 7
  1. 1.LAAS-CNRSFrance
  2. 2.ARTECUniversity of BremenGermany
  3. 3.IMSTechnical University of ViennaAustria
  4. 4.SYSTEMA TechnologiesGreece
  5. 5.UH.DEUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  6. 6.THALES CommunicationsFrance
  7. 7.ETH-ZentrumSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologySwitzerland

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