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Arax Limited

 

Background

 

Arax Limited is an IT services company based in London, UK. It was founded in 1991 with the purpose of providing consultancy and management services in the areas of human-computer interaction, virtual reality and web-based information management and content provision.

Since 1995 Arax has been involved in a number of collaborative EU projects, including: COVEN - A Collaborative Virtual Environment (1995 - 1998); ETHOS - European Telematics Horizontal Observatory Service (1995 - 1997); VPARK - Virtual Amusement Park (1996 - 1998).

In 1998 Arax was a key partner in the creation of the HLTCentral.org web site. The site evolved into a leading online information resource for the Human Language Technologies community, under the joint funding of two EC projects: EUROMAP - Human Language Technology Opportunity Promotion in Europe, and ELSNET - European Network of Excellence in Human Language Technologies.

More recently (2004 - 2007) Arax has been involved in the web dissemination activities of project DIP - an integrated project in the area of Semantic Web Services.


Key Personnel

Dr Vartkes Goetcherian, has an extensive background in the computer consultancy business. Following his research into parallel image processing at University College London, he joined Logica in 1979 where he worked in R&D in the Space and Defence sector for over 7 years. He left Logica in 1987 to join a start-up AI company, Harlequin Limited in Cambridge, where he was the Director responsible for all its European R&D activities. He led the company's efforts in a number of collaborative research projects in European and UK funded R&D programmes.

In 1991 he set up Arax Limited. For a period between 1991 - 1994 he was an external consultant to the European Commission's Distance Learning and Education Unit in Brussels. Since 1995 he has participated in a number of EU funded projects as well as acting as evaluator and reviewer of R&D projects for the European Commission. He was the Editor of HLTCentral.org, a European language technology web site, between 1999 and 2005.

He is currently active in three EC funded Integrated Projects: he is responsible for the Web dissemination activities of the DIP Project coordinated by DERI Institute, Galway; he is the Project Manager of IP project PRESENCCIA, an FET project researching 'presence' in mixed reality environments; he also works for the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) as a project management advisor to IPerG, a Pervasive Gaming IP project.