The Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), is a privately funded not-for-profit cultural institution based in Athens. Its foundation was ratified in 1993 by unanimous vote of the Hellenic Parliament.
FHW’s mission is the preservation of Hellenic history and tradition, the creation of an awareness of the universal dimension of Hellenism and the promotion of its contribution to cultural evolution. The principal objective is the dissemination of Hellenic culture and history in any way possible and through this the aim of the
Foundation will be achieved.
FHW has developed an important expertise that combines cultural/historical information with the new technologies, as well as the development of innovative educational mediums in the field heritage management, being one of the leading European organizations in that field. FHW has successfully implemented a large number of European and National projects and has gathered specific know-how on content design and structuring, methodologies for the visualization of historical and cultural content, developing on the same time significant resources available to the scientists and the wide public either on the internet or in its cultural center in high-end systems such as virtual reality theaters and multimedia exhibitions.
Hellenic Cosmos, FHW’s Cultural Centre, is a multifunctional area where visitors experience Hellenic history and culture, while at the same time it is a venue of cultural creation and expression. In its areas we organize a wide range of activities, open to people of all ages and interests.
Part of the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center is the Tholos, the Virtual Reality system of Hellenic Cosmos with a capacity of 130 people. It is a building of exceptional aesthetic value with unique technological infrastructure, which hosts the Foundation’s digital collections. The “Tholos” resembles a planetarium regarding its natural and morphological characteristics. But essentially their only common element is the semi- spherical shape of the projection surface. The shows are interactive and not static, creating a unique experience of immersion into the virtual world that is characterized by immediate response, originality, flexibility and liveliness. www.fhw.gr.
FHW as partner in the NEMO project, is tasked as Leader for the Task 5.5 Trial use cases that target Smart media, VR, XR. FHW supervises three Use cases.
1) The Smart City the round of Athens which will use the NEMO services for pushing the boundaries of live media capture and user participation to cover and present a live even such as the Athens Marathon.
2) The XR Use Case VR Dome Theatre which will use the NEMO services and AI/ML functionality to enhance the Tholos Dome shaped Virtual reality system of the Hellenic World with additional sensorial AIOT devices for Live user capture, enhancing the experience of the participants.
3) The XR Use Case HMD Experience which will user the NEMO services and AI/ML functionality to enhance an existing HMD experience with addition user bio feedback for having the experience adapt to the emotional and physical status of the participant.