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The following eclectic list shows the variety and diversity of the research projects at the Institutes of Informatics. Information to further projects is available on request at the individual offices. 

 

Interactive Systems

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My featured space
Available01.10.2009 - 30.06.2011
Sponsored byBundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung (bm:bwk)
Cooperation(s)eb&p Umweltbüro GmbH
ContactProf. DI Dr. Martin Hitz
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0)463 2700 3512
Fax+43 (0)463 2700 3598
EmployeesMag. Rudolf Melcher, Dr. Horst Pichler
DescriptionStudents in the Alps Adriatic region analyse and form their future living spaces in rural regions using scientific methods.

"My featured space 2025" is focusing on life quality in rural regions in the future. Together with researchers, teachers and stakeholders pupils from the Alps Adriatic region develop scenarios for rural living spaces in 2025. The main question is, what students will need in the future to live and work in attractive rural regions. My featured space is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research project.

First the pupils document their present living space with short videos referring to the methods of qualitative social research. The pupils will define parameters for the quality of life in the rural spaces analyzing these videos. In the next step mutual effects between these parameters will be described following the method of sensitivity-model by Frederic Vester. Also the relevance and completeness of the parameters will be checked. The goal of the next step is to identify some highly active parameters in the system. Using this model pupils develop and design their visions of an attractive living space. They also learn to understand interactions in the complex system "rural region".

The model will finally be implemented a computer simulation game "My featured space 2025". The computer-game will visualize scenarios of attractive living spaces. Together with the Institute of Information Systems of the University of Klagenfurt the pupils will develop the computer-game. The project results will be presented as final reports, dissertations, as well as project presentations for various events.

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Intelligent Traffic Displays
Available02.05.2007 - 31.08.2007
Sponsored byAmt der Kärntner Landesregierung and Asfinag
Cooperation(s)Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung and Asfinag
ContactMag. Dr. Gerhard Leitner
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0) 463 2700 3522
Fax+43 (0) 463 2700 3598
DescriptionTraffic has rapidly increased in the last years and mechanisms to control it had to be developed. The simpliest way seemed to be to place additional traffic signs for each and every purpose. The resulting information overload for drivers has led to the problem (e.g. identified with eye-tracking studies) that many signs are not noticed anymore or if noticed the viewer has to decide very fast what is more important and whether or not one should follow the displayed message.


One possibility to overcome this problem is the usage of dynamic traffic displays which present the relevant information related to actual context. However, most of the displays in uses contain overwhelming information. It seems to be that they are designed following the motto: “We have 30000 coloured pixels, so we use them all”.

 

As in other contexts “More is less” seems to be a better solution. The interactive systems research group in cooperation with Asfinag and the Dept. 7 of the Kärntner Landesregierung is developing a concept of a new “intelligent” traffic display which is based on the knowledge existing in different scientific disciplines, e.g. psychological aspects from perception psychology, findings from usability research in combination with new technologies of information visualization to realize the system. The system will be first used in Spittal/Drau where it shall help to regulate the at day unbalanced traffic load in the city and on the surrounding highway.

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Cohave
Available2006
Sponsored bybm:bwk
ContactMag. Dr. Gerhard Leitner
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0) 463 2700 3522
Fax+43 (0) 463 2700 3598
DescriptionKnowledge-based recommender applications provide valuable support for online customers in the identification products and services on e-Commerce platforms. State-of-the-art recommender technologies provide a couple of mechanisms for improving the accessibility of product assortments for customers, e.g. in situations where no solution can be found for a given set of customer requirements, the recommender application calculates a set of repair actions (minimal changes to the given customer requirements) which can guarantee the identification of solutions.

 

However, none of the existing recommender approaches exploit an underlying holistic view on the recommender process, i.e. take into account properties of the online customer such as domain knowledge, trust, available time, receptivity, etc. These and other aspects of an online sales dialogs are investigated within COHAVE in order to derive an integrated view on recommender processes.

 

The task of our research group within Cohave is to support the development of interfaces for different consumer groups, e.g. the sales representative who uses the system to present products to his customer or the online user who browses the product offered by a company. The development process is based on theoretical concepts from Cognitive Psychology, HCI and Usability-Engineering and accompanied by the application of Usability-Engineering methods like Usability Tests or Eye-Tracking studies.

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CANIS
ContactMag. Dr. Gerhard Leitner
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0) 463 2700 3522
Fax+43 (0) 463 2700 3598
DescriptionToday emergency response systems in Austria - as presumably in most parts of the world - are still largely paper based. Obviously, immediate electronic transmission of patient data and diagnose would have several benefits. However, extreme care must be taken when introducing an electronic emergency response information system, since emergency physicians will have to operate their data recording and transmission devices in a rather extreme task context: After all, their major responsibility is to save lives - which must by no means be hampered by the subordinate task of data entry into some mobile device.

 

Whitin the project CANIS (Carinthian Notarzt-Informationssystem) the current state of the emergency medical response system in the Austrian province of Carinthia is analyzed and options for improvements are developed. The ultimate goal of the project is the implementation of an electronic emergency protocol, which relies on mobile portable clients for on-site data acquisition followed by wireless data transmission to the hospital. The remote clients employed whithin the project encompass rugged tablet PCs as well as smaller and handier Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and possibly even a combination of both in order to optimally support the user in any potential emergency scenario. In addition to standard touch screens, both device categories will be equipped with either voice recognition software or a digital pen for manual form-based data input, in order to support the emergency physicians with appropriate hardware for different emergency settings.

 

The Interactive Systems research group is supporting the project with its usability Know-how and Services. So far, a couple of usability tests have been carried out which addressed e.g. the following questions:

  • Usability aspects of a tablet PC in the context of emergency situation
  • Weight
  • Handling
  • Application Structure
  • Input Methods
  • Different Input methods and Devices
  • PDA with speech input
  • Digital Pen

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Bhutan - Fortress of the Gods
AvailableSeptember 1999 - Oktober 2000
Sponsored bybm:bwk
Cooperation(s)Institut für Softwaretechnik und Interaktive Systeme der TU Wien
ContactProf. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0)463 2700 3512
Fax+43 (0)463 2700 3598
EmployeesProf. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz
Description

Authoring and managing a hypermedia exhibition is a tedious and time-consuming task requiring a set of skills not readily available in a museum context. In order to liberate curators and exhibition designers from the computer-centric tasks as much as possible and to reduce the resources spent for every new virtual exhibition, ViEx ("virtual exhibition") has been developed, a software framework intended to introduce systematic reuse into the domain of Web based exhibitions. ViEx has been developed and tested within the project of a virtual exhibition on Bhutan, a museum website awarded “Best Overall Museum Website 2001”(cf. Best of the Web 2001 and Bhutan Site of TU-Vienna for more details).

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MobiLearn
Available23.12.2002-22.12.2007
Sponsored bybm:bwk
Cooperation(s)Institut für Praktische Informatik der Universität Linz
ContactProf. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0)463 2700 3512
Fax+43 (0)463 2700 3598
EmployeesProf. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz, Mag. Martin Hon
DescriptionUbiquitous access to on-line learning material has been exemplarily realized in MobiLearn for courses in media informatics. Both, the learning platform and the learning material (content) is designed to be accessed from multiple platforms (PC/laptop, PDA, SmartPhone) in different levels of detail in order to support situation and context based learning scenarios.
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Velo.Veval
AvailableSeptember 2001 - Juni 2003
Sponsored bybm:bwk
Cooperation(s)FH Hagenberg, FH Technikum Kärnten
ContactProf. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz
E-Mail
Phone+43 (0)463 2700 3512
Fax+43 (0)463 2700 3598
EmployeesAss.-Prof. Mag. Dr. David Ahlström
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Hitz
Dipl.-Ing. Karin Hodnigg
Stefan Plattner
Description

VEval represents a Web based on-line examination component originally designed to be used in the context of the VELO project (http://ola.cti.ac.at/velo/). Subsequently, it has also been employed in PlaNet-ET and as is now being integrated into the MobiLearn platform. Moreover, VEval is used in a stand-alone version to support self-assessment and on-line examinations at Klagenfurt University.

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