Archive for March, 2009

IPML: Structuring distributed multimedia presentations in Ambient Intelligent Environments

March 14th, 2009 Comments off

Jun Hu, Loe Feijs

This paper addresses issues of distributing multimedia presentations in an ambient intelligent environment, examines the existing technologies and proposes IPML, a markup language that extends SMIL for distributed settings. It uses a metaphor of play, with which the timing and mapping issues in distributed presentations are covered in a natural way. A generic architecture for playback systems is also presented, which covers the timing and mapping issues of presenting an IPML script in heterogeneous ambient intelligent environments. Keywords: Distributed Multimedia, Software Architecture, Ambient Intelligence, Play

J. Hu and L. Feijs, “IPML: Structuring Distributed Multimedia Presentations in Ambient Intelligent Environments,” International Journal of Cognitive Informatics \& Natural Intelligence (IJCiNi), vol. 3, pp. 37-60, 2009.

Creative Programming for Designers

March 8th, 2009 Comments off

The course “creative programing for designers” is exclusively designed for the USI program and for the 1st and 2nd year students at the department of Industrial Design, as an introduction to programming. Bearing in mind the students are not, and do not intend to be, computer scientists or programmers, the course approaches programing in a “designed” way:

“We will have fun with visuals, graphics (Processing) and even robotics (Arduino). You will be watching your program dancing. You will be listening to your program singing. If you want, you may give your program a hug.

But this assignment is not just for fun, You will be also learning serious things such as variables, data structures, control flows, interaction events and some basics of computer graphics and even robotics, of course, while having fun.”

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