This section lists:
the research projects closely related to OI
the research projects maintaining active collaboration with OI
AMICO - http://amico.sourceforge.net
AMICO (Adaptable Multi-Interface COmmunicator) is a generic platform for rapid application development with open-source and free software components and services. Original aim of AMICO was to support development of interactive applications in sensor-enhanced ambient environments. However, AMICO is much broader is scope, and it has been used in many other domains. The basic motivation of AMICO is to enable easier reuse of many existing software components from many open-source software (OSS) and free projects and services. AMICO is built on ideas from loosely-coupled integration platforms, middleware platforms for components integration, and service oriented architectures, but it focuses on pragmatic aspects of OSS integration, often absent from existing solutions.
CALLAS (IP) - http://www.callas-newmedia.eu
The CALLAS Integrated Project aims to design and to develop a multimodal architecture which will include emotional aspects in order to support applications in the new media business scenario with an “ambient intelligence” paradigm.
The vision underlining the CALLAS Project is that new media can enhance user participation in content, media, and social interaction. [...]
CHIL (IP) - http://chil.server.de
The goal of the CHIL project is to make everybody’s daily life easier.
Therefore CHIL is developing a fundamental shift in the way we use computers today. CHIL aims to realize computer services that are delivered to people in an implicit, indirect and unobtrusive way. This will free people to interact with people and reposition machines to be in the background and - like electronic butlers - attempting to anticipate and serve people’s needs. Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL) aims to introduce computers into a loop of humans interacting with humans, rather than condemning a human to operate in a loop of computers. This will give humans the most valuable gift: more time [...]
HUMAINE (NoE) - http://emotion-research.net
HUMAINE aims to lay the foundations for European development of systems that can register, model and /or influence human emotional and emotion-related states - ’emotion-oriented systems’. Such systems may be central to future interfaces, but their conceptual underpinnings are not sufficiently advanced to be sure of their real potential or the best way to develop them. One of the reasons is that relevant knowledge is dispersed across many disciplines. HUMAINE brings together leading experts from the key disciplines in a program designed to achieve intellectual integration.
Identifies 6 thematic areas that cut across traditional groupings and offer a framework for an appropriate division of labour - theory of emotion; signal/sign interfaces; the structure of emotionally coloured interactions; emotion in cognition and action; emotion in communication and persuasion; and usability of emotion-oriented systems. Teams linked to each area will run a workshop in it and carry out joint research to define an exemplar embodying guiding principles for future work in their area. Cutting across these are plenary sessions where teams from all areas report; activities to create necessary infrastructure (databases recognising cultural and gender diversity, an ethical framework, an electronic portal); and output to the wider community in the form of a handbook and recommendations of good practice (as precursors to formal standards). [...]
ICARE - http://iihm.imag.fr/icare/
ICARE (Interaction CARE -Complementarity Assignment, Redundancy and Equivalence-) is a component-based approach which allows the easy and rapid development of multimodal interfaces developped at the Université Joseph Fourier. ICARE is concentrated on input (i.e., from the user to the system) although our model holds for output as well. Nevertheless we did not test our approach for output so far.
The ICARE platform enables the designer to graphically manipulate and assemble ICARE software components in order to specify the multimodal interaction dedicated to a given task of the interactive system under development. From this specification, the code is automatically generated.
The originality of the ICARE platform relies on the fact that it is dedicated to designers and not developers. Indeed the user of the ICARE platform selects the modalities and specifies the combination of modalities in terms of the CARE ergonomic properties, all by graphically assembling software components without knowing the details of the code of the components. From this high level specification, the code of the input multimodal UI is then generated.
SIMILAR (NoE) - http://www.similar.cc
SIMILAR creates an integrated task force on multimodal interfaces that respond efficiently to speech, gestures, vision, haptics and direct brain connections by merging into a single research group excellent European laboratories in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Signal Processing. SIMILAR also develops a common theoretical framework for fusion and fission of multimodal information using the most advanced Signal Processing tools constrained by Human Computer Interaction rules. Another objective is to develop a network of usability test facilities, establish an assessment methodology and develop a common distributed software platform available for researchers and the public. [...]
Université Joseph Fourier (UJF) and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) involved in OI are also members of the SIMILAR NoE. The initial kernel developed in Similar’s WP2 is reused and extended in the OI project as a part of the envisioned platform.
OI already started collaborations with other EC FP6 projects in the same research area.
Collaboration Meeting OI - CALLAS - CHIL
Glasgow - May 24th 2007
OI, CALLAS and CHIL project representatives met in Glasgow to study possible collaborations actions. This very fruitful meeting highlighted common concerns and issues to be further studied.
Presentations during the meeting and a summary of future actions: