Many parties of different kind and background are involved in i3B. These parties are divided into the categories described below. The number of participants is still growing. Are you interested in participating?
The i3B initiative concerns technology providers with a proven capacity for innovative technical research and/or product development at the interface of ICT and brain, cognition, physiology and behavior. Participating companies have the desire and willingness to share knowledge, facilities and technology with each other and to integrate their hardware and software into complete measurement and analysis solutions. Service providers who do not have their own R&D do not belong to the intended participants in the i3B initiative.
i3B has an international horizon, as business doesn’t stop at the border. i3B connected several foreign participants to the network so far.
For knowledge institutes, i3B provides an opportunity for intensifying collaboration with market parties and for realizing knowledge transfer. Via i3B measurement concepts and software algorithms from the knowledge providers can find their way to enterprises. This also applies to research institutes such as TNO and the Holst Center: for them the i3B network is a logical partner for the further development of new technologies into working commercial products. For higher education institutions the i3B network and lab facilities are also an attractive location for interns and graduate students.
The i3B network can utilize (field) lab facilities to exchange ideas, develop prototypes, test and finally introduce to the world innovative ICT solutions for Brain, Body and Behavior.
In the i3B Lab the prototypes of the technology providers are tested in relevant but small-scale lab environments with representative test subjects. The prototypes are technically validated, debugged, iteratively improved and combined with tools from other partners into integrated systems. As soon as they are robust enough they are offered to the next link in the chain, field labs.
Field labs are controlled environments, modeled after the real world, where tests and valorization is done with end-users.
i3B complements a range of existing or planned domain-specific field labs elsewhere in the Netherlands. Where these labs are active in the area of brain/body/behavior they normally form the next link in the value chain: the measurement and analysis systems developed in the i3B Lab can be used in the domain-specific labs and validated in a realistic context.
Network and sector organizations
This category comprises network organizations, platforms and associations that support i3B. First of all this concerns the IIP Brain & Cognition, from which the i3B plan arose supported by the National Initiative Brain & Cognition (NIBC), but also other IIPs active in the area of brain, body & behavior such as IIP Sensor Networks and IIP Create.