Partners in HANDS

The HANDS project is an EU commissioned project involving 10 partners in different areas, that all contribute with different competences to make this project work.


Aalborg University, Denmark (Persuasive Technology and ICT Ethics)

Aalborg University coordinates the HANDS project. Is responsible for creating a design experiment, where the core ideas of Persuasive Technology is evaluated. Aalborg University is also responsible for designing Credibility measurement tools for the practicians, so that they get a view of the actual value of the Mobile Persuasive ICT tools. AAU is responsible for the development of methodology according to which value sensitive design is brought into the process of designing software.



Wirtek, Denmark (Mobile software development)

Is responsible for developing software for mobile devices used by young autists and software for workstations used by teachers. The software is based on the highly flexible architecture of Microsoft Dynamics Mobile 2008, which enables modular and configurable applications that match the needs and demands of the HANDS Project.



Wirtek,Romania (Mobile software development)

Wirtek Srl is a software development house with core competencies within embedded software, mobile applications, web applications and infrastructure for mobile communications. The Wirtek Srl software development site in Cluj, Romania was established in 2006 through an acquisition of a Romanian software house.



 Edvantage Group, Norway (Learning requirements)

Is involved in creating the social actors and the 3D environment.


ELTE University, Hungary (Cognitive Psychology)

Is responsible for designing a sound scientific test and measur the effect and efficiency of the Personal Mobile ICT tools. This is a research in psychology with a speciality in autism, carried out with a test of 40-50 individuals with autism from the aged 10 to 18.


London South Bank University, UK (Learning Environment)

Is responsible for research considering how the use of HANDS toolset can be integrated in the learning environment, both in special school and mainstream settings. Applicability in Learning Environment will focus on how the typical working habits of schools will necessarily influence the design of the HANDS toolset.


(LOGO) Helen Allison School, NAS, UK (School for autistic spectrum)

As well as acting as a test school, staff at the NAS and Helen Allinson school will work with researchers from the academic institutions as part of the evaluation of the applicability of the personal mobile ICT tools in the classroom and wider environment.


Egebakken, Denmark (School for children with autism)

Test site/test school of PDAs with the pupils in their ordinary school environment


 Svedenskolan, Sweden (Independent school for children with autism)

Test site/test school of PDAs with the pupils in their ordinary school environment.



Autism Foundation, Hungary  (NGO) (Cognitive Psychology)

Autism Foundation plays an essential role in (Cognitive Psychology), taking crucial part in preparatory psychological research, two rounds of prototype testing, and efficiency testing as the closing research activity of the project.

These tasks are to be performed in close cooperation with ELTE University, Budapest, and - especially in efficiency testing - with all test sites involved in the project.

The specific research tasks of Autism Foundation include methodological preparations, collecting, analyzing and summarising data from all involved partners, and, finally, participation in detailed reporting on all (cognitive psychology) test phases.