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Prize for the best German master's thesis
of Computer Science in the category Information Systems
(Fachbereichstag Informatik, Gebiet Wirtschaftsinformatik)

10. October 2005, Konstanz

Nathalie Basselin is awarded Prize for her Work on SPECTER 10. October 2005 - Konstanz
The master's thesis of Nathalie Basselin from her studies at a French-German institute (DFHI / ISFATES), concerning early user studies in the context of SPECTER, was awarded a German national prize as one of the 4 best computer science master's theses from an Applied Science University.

Related links:
Nathalie Basselin's thesis (internal link to the page about the thesis in Publications)
Article of the Saarbrücker Zeitung published on the Web (in German)




Ontologies for Personal Memory

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, 66123 Saarbrücken
25. May 2005, Room Turing (-2.17)

Several projects at the DFKI address the issue of "Personal Memory". This internal workshop will bring the members of some of these projects together with the goal of identifying commonalities and potential synergies between ongoing activities. In addition, researchers working on proposals for planned projects will report about their current work, and how it might evolve in the future.

The workshop is composed from an invited talk and three sessions offering talks of special interest for the workshop's scope: the vision of works applying memory-like components, the structure of the involved ontologies and the way how these are applied.



10:30-11:30 Invited talk
Barry Smith (IFOMIS): The Ontologically Privileged Status of the Past
11:30-12:40 Session 1: IUI lab
Alexander Kröner: Ontologies in SPECTER PDF, 0.8MB
Dominik Heckmann: Towards a General User Model Ontology (GUMO) PDF, 1.07MB
12:40-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:40 Session 2: KM lab
Andreas Dengel, Ludger van Elst, Sven Schwarz, Michael Sintek: Personal Information Models for Knowledge Management IT PDF, 0,9MB
14:40-15:30 Session 3: LT lab
Hans Uszkoreit: Ontologies for Digital Extensions of Personal Memory PDF, 8.8MB
15:30-16:15 Discussion



Ludger van Elst: PIM in EPOS
Sven Schwarz: the context model of EPOS
The auditory is listening
Hans Uszkoreit: about Life Recording
Ludger van Elst reports about Personal Information Models in EPOS
Sven Schwarz presents the context model of EPOS
The auditory is listening
Hans Uszkoreit discusses aspects of Life Recording



CeBIT logoSPECTER at the CeBIT 2005

From the 10th to the 16th of March 2005, SPECTER is presented at the CeBIT fair in Hannover, Germany. The presentation is performed together with the Mobile Shop Assist.

Click to enlarge: The SPECTER exhibit at the CeBIT 2005.The demonstration takes place in a product information scenario, and consists of two phases. In the first one, we have a user equipped with a PDA, who is interested in a product rich in features - e.g., a digital camera. Our user is inside of a shop in front of a shelf filled with cameras, and has downloaded a product catalogue to the PDA. At that point the demonstration starts. Using the Mobile Shop Assist, the user can perform multi-modal interactions including speech, handwriting and gestures in order to acquire information about product features.

Click to enlarge: Demonstrating SPECTER.These actions are stored in SPECTER's memory. In the second phase of the demonstration, we show how that memory can be applied as reminder for the user, and for user support. The scenario changes to the user's home, where she tries to remember which products she has already seen. Thus the user starts an introspection of the past events together with SPECTER. In the sequel a virtual character guides her through the recorded actions. During that process SPECTER detects the previously performed information actions. To assist the user in her decision making process, SPECTER offers in the following varying services, including a detailed feature comparison, and additional product information acquired from a public Web service.