FEMtech Expert of the Month: Verena Venek

Verena Venek is FEMtech expert of the month of August. In order to make the achievements of women in research and technology visible, since 2005 the BMVIT has awarded women from the FEMtech expert database. The BMVIT supports women in research and development with the aim of creating equal opportunities in industrial and non-university research. FEMtech is committed to raising awareness, visualizing and promoting the careers of women in research and technology.

Verena Venek About the Research Project fit4AAL

“My current focus is on research and coordination in national and international Active & Assisted Living and Digital Sports projects”, said Venek, Data Scientist and Project Coordinator for Motion Data Intelligence at Salzburg Research. One of their current projects is fit4AAL, which is being promoted by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) through the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) as part of the program ICT of the future: benefit – demographic change. The primary goal here is to make the next generation, who is familiar with technology, both physically fit and on the other hand, fit for the use of assistive technology.

Verena Venek About Digital Motion in Sports, Fitness and Well-being

Verena Venek is also responsible for the Digital Motion in Sports, Fitness and Well-being (DiMo) project, which is also funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on behalf of the BMVIT within the framework of the COMET program. “DiMo’s vision is to use digitization to visualize and experience the quality of movement and emotions during the sport, and to test the opportunities and possibilities of Digital Sports products.” The approach of directly linking movement and emotion aims to encourage optimal performance and efficient movement. A valuable new (digital) experience for researchers and test persons alike: On the one hand, the quality of movement in winter and running sports can be rated better, on the other hand, people are given a better understanding of physical activity. Venek and her team analyse biomechanical, context-related and psychophysiological parameters and want to promote joy, motivation and well-being in grassroots sport through the use of digital technologies.

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