Interdisciplinarity

To maintain our research quality and to improve the extensive methodological expertise, MICT underscores the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration on different levels: on the one hand in the composition of its research team (scientists from communication scienes, sociology, psychology, economy…), on the other hand in our research collaborations.

  • For QoE-QoS research, we cooperate closely with technical groups in the engineering sciences. We optimize user feedback to identify tipping points which are actionable for the developer. MICT works together with the Wireless & Cable research group (iMinds-WiCa-UGent), Image Processing and Interpretation Research Group (iMinds-IPI-UGent), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim…
  • For the optimization of the assessment of market potential and willingness-to-pay, we collaborate closely with the business model group of Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (iMinds-SMIT-VUB).
  • For the implementation of Living Labs methodologies, MICT works closely together with actors from the Flemish innovation landscape, e.g. the government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), Innovatiecentrum, cities…

Projects:

  • For the development and fine-tuning of new digital research methods and tools (e.g. harvesting data via APIs) we work closely with MultiMediaLab (iMinds-MMLab-UGent) and with courses such as Master of Science in Marketing Analyses (Marketing Department, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University)
  • MICT collaborates with the research group for Physical Activity, Fitness and Health at the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences of Ghent University on interdisciplinary research on the use of mobile technologies and online social media in support of health behavior.
  • We are part of the Knowledge Centre for Media Literacy (Kenniscentrum Mediawijs) launched in collaboration with iMinds Media in January 2013 on the initiative of Minister for media and innovation Ingrid Lieten.
  • We collaborate with the department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology and the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University.
  • We collaborate with several Flemish university colleges (HOWEST/DAE, KHLeuven, Thomas More etc.)
  • We work together with several vzw’s such as Mediaraven and Graffiti Jeugddienst vzw for non-funded research about youngster (Apestaartjaren) and with LINC vzw and Bibnet for non-funded media literacy research (Media Coach project)