August 30th - September 3rd

German-Israeli Minerva School for Ubiquitous Display Environments: Intelligent Group Interaction, Foundations and Implementation of Pervasive Multimodal Interfaces



German-Israeli Minerva School for Ubiquitous Display Environments: Intelligent Group Interaction, Foundations and Implementation of Pervasive Multimodal Interfaces

August 30th - September 3rd

Organized by Antonio Krüger and Tsvi Kuflik

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Dominikus Heckmann is working as senior researcher at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, where he is affiliated to the Intelligent User Interfaces Group. He has studied computer science at the Saarland University and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD research has been supported by the International Post-Graduate College of Language Technology and Cognitive Systems. His current project GRAPPLE aims at delivering to learners a technology-enhanced learning environment that guides them through a life-long learning experience, automatically adapting to personal preferences, prior knowledge, skills and competences, learning goals and the personal or social context in which the learning takes place. The same learning environment can be used and accessed at home, school, work or on the move using mobile handheld devices. Last year he completed the project BAIR "User Adaptation in Instrumented Rooms" that focuses on foundational research on the role of the cognitive and affective state of the user for the adaptation of information presentation in instrumented environments.


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Tal Zarsky is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Haifa - Faculty of Law. His research focuses on Information Privacy, Internet Policy, Telecommunications Law and Online Commerce, Reputation and Trust. He has also taught Contract and Property law. He has written and presented his work on these issues in a variety of forums, both in Israel and worldwide. In addition, he has advised various Israeli regulators and legislators on related issues. Dr. Zarsky is also a Fellow at the Information Society Project, at Yale Law School.




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Patrice L. (Tamar) Weissis an occupational therapist with a M.Sc degree in kinesiology and a Ph.D degree in physiology and biomedical engineering. Originally from Canada, she held academic ranks at McGill University (Montreal) prior to her immigration to Israel in 1991. She is now a full professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy which is part of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa.
Prof. Weiss is a founding member of the Mish'aul Center for Augmentative Communication and Assistive Devices. This center is one of Israel's main sites for evaluations of children and adults with severe communication and performance problems. She founded the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) at the University of Haifa. The objective of LIRT is to provide a physical and conceptual environment for the formulation and implementation of research related to the development and evaluation of innovative technologies for rehabilitation assessment and intervention. LIRT activities include (1) Virtual Reality as an evaluation and intervention tool for the rehabilitation of individuals with physical or cognitive deficits, (2) Development and evaluation of novel computer access interfaces that enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to use their residual motor abilities in more efficient and less fatiguing ways, (3) Objective handwriting product and process evaluation, (4) Use of speech and non-speech audio display to convey information normally displayed visually on a computer screen, (5) Development and evaluation of applications of online and distance learning for teaching health care professionals at the university and for continuing education and for people with disabilities.
Prof. Weiss collaborates with international researchers from the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy and the UK on development and evaluation of novel 3-D functional virtual environments, of collaborative simulations, and on integration of haptic interfaces in order to provide simultaneous multimodal feedback during rehabilitation, and modalities with a focus on virtual simulations. Research funding has been received from numerous national and international agencies such as the Israeli Science Foundation, Israel Ministry of Health, US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, the Koniver Foundation, Keren Shalem, Autism Speaks Foundation and the Rayne Foundation. Prof. Weiss is on the steering committees of the major professional organizations for applications of virtual reality to rehabilitation and chairs key international conferences on these topics

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Martin Charles Golumbic, is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science at the University of Haifa. Previously he was a research staff member and research fellow at the IBM Israel Scientific Center and Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal "Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence" and is or has been a member of the editorial boards of several other journals including "Discrete Applied Mathematics", "Constraints" and "AI Communications".

Professor Golumbic received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University in 1975. Before moving to Israel in 1982, he served as assistant professor of computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, visiting scientist at Université de Paris and the Weizmann Institute of Science, and worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories. He has also been a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

He is the author of the book "Algorithmic Graph Theory and Perfect Graphs", coauthor of a second book "Tolerance Graphs" and has written many research articles in the areas of combinatorial mathematics, algorithmic analysis, expert systems, artificial intelligence, and programming languages. He has been a guest editor of special issues of several journals, the editor of the books "Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language and Knowledge-based Systems", and "Graph Theory, Combinatorics and Algorithms: Interdisciplinary Applications". His most recent book is "Fighting Terror Online: The Convergence of Security, Technology, and the Law", published by Springer-Verlag.

Prof. Golumbic has been a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications since 1995, and was elected as a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence society ECCAI in 2005. He has been the chairman of over fifty national and international symposia. His current area of research is in combinatorial mathematics interacting with real world problems in computer science and artificial intelligence. He a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and is married and the father of four bilingual daughters and (so far) three sons-in-law.

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Tsvi Kuflik, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Haifa, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905, Israel. Tsvi Kuflik received his BSc and MSc in Computer Science and PhD in Information Systems from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Management Information Systems Department at the University of Haifa. Before joining the University of Haifa he worked as a researcher at IRST research institute in Trento. At IRST, he worked on user modeling in active museums, work he continues at the University of Haifa in the framework of the collaboration projects of the University of Haifa and IRST, where he leads a research group focusing on supporting museum visitors. His research interests focus mainly on user modeling, ubiquitous user modeling and information filtering.





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Massimo Zancanaro is the head of the i3-Intelligent Interfaces and Interaction research unit at FBK-irst. His primary interest is in the field of Intelligent Interfaces particularly in the area of co-located collaborative systems. He co-edited two books and co-authored more than an hundred papers in journal, conferences and peer-reviewed symposia. He was appointed in a number of program and organization committees of conferences in the field. He is teaching a course on Computer-Human Interaction at Master in Human-Language Technology at the University of Trento.

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Keith Cheverst is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Department at Lancaster University and has recently held positions as Visiting Research Scientist at Melbourne University, University of Munster, Newcastle University and Microsoft Research, Cambridge. For the last 12 years he has participated actively in the areas of Mobile computing (he is the current chair of the MobileHCI steering committee), CSCW, HCI and Ubiquitous computing (with his interest in the latter area focussing on the study of proactive systems and situated display based interactive systems).

His current research focuses on exploring the obdurate problems associated with the user-centered design of interactive systems (typically these systems would utilise mobile and/or ubicomp technologies) in complex or semi-wild settings and the deployment and longitudinal study of these systems in order to gain insights into issues of adoption and appropriation by users.

He has served on numerous PCs and published over 100 research publications. He has also co-founded and co-organised a number of international workshops - including: HCI in Mobile Guides (a series of five), User Modelling for Ubiquitous Computing , Ubiquitous and Decentralized User Modeling and Appropriate Methods for Design in Complex and Sensitive Settings . Keith has presented a number of invited talks, the most recent being a keynote in Melbourne at the Simtech international workshop entitled: "Social Interaction, Messaging to Place and Situated Digital Displays". He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science, both from Lancaster.

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Joachim Meyer is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. He holds an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. (1994) in Industrial Engineering from Ben Gurion University. He was a post-doctoral fellow and researcher at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School and a research scientist at the MIT AgeLab. He specializes in cognitive engineering, and in particular the modeling of decision processes in settings that involve complex systems and social interactions. In recent years he works on the modeling of human-computer interaction, user responses to decision support, and the use of interactive visualization in decision making. He has published extensively in scientific journals dealing with cognitive psychology, human-computer interaction, ergonomics, human factors engineering and management information systems.




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Antonio Krüger Antonio's main research areas are Intelligent User Interfaces and mobile and ubiquitous context-aware Systems. He worked on the automatic generation of graphics for technical documentations, intelligent navigation systems and personalized media generation. In this context he looked at generation processes that take into account both the limited technical resources of output devices and the limited cognitive resources of the users. More recent examples of his research come from the domain of mobile and ubiquitous computing. Here, Antonio is involved in projects on interactive display networks, mobile augmented reality and interactive surface computing.

Antonio is co-organising the annual Smart-Graphics Symposium and served on various program committees in the field of intelligent mobile systems, e.g. Intelligent User Interfaces, User Modeling, Ubicomp, Mobisys, and Pervasive Computing.



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Jörg Müller is a postdoc in the group of Antonio Krüger at University of Münster. He finished his doctoral degree in February 2009 at the University of Münster with a thesis on ‚Context Adaptive Digital Signage in Transitional Spaces'. From 2005 to 2009 he was working as a research scientist and assistant to Antonio Krüger at the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster. In 2005 he received a Masters degree (honors) from University of Saarland. From 2004 to 2005 he was completing his Masters thesis on ‚Driver Workload Estimation with Bayesian Networks' at DaimlerChryslers's Cybernetics for Man-Machine Interaction Lab. In 2004 he received a Bachelors degree from University of Saarland, and in 2003 he completed his Bachelors thesis on user interfaces for mobile projectors in the Tangible User Interfaces Lab at Sony. Jörg's main research interests are context adaptive digital signage and advertising in pervasive computing. In particular, he is interested how audience measurement (e.g. via
cameras) can be used to implement self-optimizing advertising schedules on digital signage. In this context, he deployed the iDisplays (with Münster University) and MobiDiC (with German Telekom) digital signage networks. Jörg is co-organizing the Workshop Series on Pervasive Advertising, and served on program committees and reviewed for Journals and Conferences in the field of mobile and pervasive computing, e.g. MobileHCI, Pervasive, INTERACT, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.



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Noam Tractinsky is an Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has been studying the aesthetic aspects of interactive systems for over a decade. Among his other research interests:consumer behavior in e-commerce; effects of cell-phone usage on drivers and pedestrians; incidental use of information technology.




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Sarit Kraus, (Ph.D. Computer Science, Hebrew University, 1989) is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University. Her research interests is in multi-agent systems, specially negotiation and cooperation among agents, open agent environments, learning and information agents, personalization and optimization of complex systems. In 1995 Kraus was awarded the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (the premier award for a young AI scientist). In 2001 she was awarded the IBM Faculty Partnership Award and in 2002 she was elected as AAAI fellow. In 2007 she was awarded the ACM SIGART Agents Research award and her paper with Prof. Barbara Grosz was a winner of the IFAAMAS influential paper award (joint winner). In 2008 she was elected as ECCAI fellow.   She has published over 230 papers in leading journals and major conferences and is an author of the book Strategic Negotiation in Multiagent Environments(2001)  and a co-author of a book on Heterogeneous Active Agents (2000); both published in MIT Press.



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Albrecht Schmidt is a professor for Pervasive Computing and User Interface Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Previously he was head of department at the Fraunhofer institute for intelligent information and analysis systems. From 2003 to 2006 he headed the embedded interaction research group at the University of Munich. Albrecht studied in Ulm, Karlsruhe and Lancaster, where he completed his PhD on the topic "ubiquitous computing - computing in context". His teaching and research interests are in media informatics and ubiquitous computing, and in particular in the area of user interface engineering. Albrecht enjoys creating new interaction techniques and interfaces technologies for specific environments such as the home or the car. Over recent years he organized several workshops and conferences and served in various committees in pervasive computing community.



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Jonna Häkkilä works as team leader of Context-Aware Social Media research team at Nokia Research Center, Tampere Laboratory, Finland. Her research interests include context-awareness, ubiquitous computing and mobile multimedia, with the focus on usability and user experience aspects. She received her PhD from University of Oulu, Finland, in 2007, her thesis considering usability of context-aware mobile applications.