INKA stands for “Information and Communication Applications”. The focus of our work is on application-oriented solutions in computer sciences and especially for the cultural sector. We deal with Augmented and Virtual Reality, multimedia systems, algorithms and databases, interface design and usability aspects, and we conduct research on optimized processes for multimedia application development. Since march 2013, we present our work in the newly built research centre for culture and information technology (Forschungszentrum für Kultur und Informatik – FKI) on the HTW campus “Wilhelminenhof”.

We do research:

We dedicate our work particularly to two areas: mobile information systems, and digital and virtual applications for the transfer of both information and knowledge. But these two focuses do not rule each other out: Especially in the field of interaction with and through technology in public spaces, new chances for our research and development arise. Within all fields of our activity we are concerned with the question on how technology affects our society and changes cultural techniques.

We develop:

We are an interdisciplinary team and therefore, development is our passion. We have versatile and innovative projects where we develop software, mobile museums, as well as a consulting centre for wireless technologies.

We teach:

Each semester we teach four to six classes on topics related to applied computer science, media informatics and computer science in economics at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW). Apart from teaching, we also communicate our knowledge through publications, our regular series of events and as lecturers at other universities in Berlin.

We consult:

Our project BeWiTEC dedicated itself particularly to providing knowledge transfer about wireless technologies. We also like to share our treasure of experience in other fields, such as applications for mobile Information and communication, utilization of IT in museums and the creative industries.

… and we network:

A further dimension of our work and a special concern for us is building bridges. We cooperate with international and well-renowned universities like the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek and the Odessa National Polytechnic University, and we are constantly in contact with numerous small and medium-sized companies in our region. Part of this exchange is our annual conference, the “Culture and Computer Science” in May.