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Ontologies for Interaction: Enabling serendipitous interoperability in smart environments

September 11th, 2012 Comments off

by Gerrit Niezen.

connector deviceThe thesis describes the design and development of an ontology and software framework to support user interaction in
ubiquitous computing scenarios. The key goal of ubiquitous
computing is “serendipitous interoperability”, where devices
that were not necessarily designed to work together should be
able to discover each other’s functionality and be able to make
use of it. Future ubiquitous computing scenarios involve hundreds of devices. Therefore, anticipating all the different types
of devices and usage scenarios a priori is an unmanageable

G. Niezen, Ontologies for Interaction: Enabling serendipitous interoperability in smart environments, PhD Thesis, Department of Industrial Design, Einhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 2012.

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Semantic Web for Robots: An Application for Interoperability between virtual worlds and real robots

March 5th, 2012 Comments off
Robot used in the case study

Robot used in the case study

PhD project done by Alex Juarez.

The topic of this PhD project is in the context of cross-reality, a term that defines mixed reality environments that tunnel dense real-world data acquired through the use of sensor/actuator device networks into virtual worlds. It is part of the ongoing academia and industry efforts to achieve interoperability between virtual and real devices and services.

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ROILA: RObot Interaction LAnguage

May 11th, 2011 Comments off


Omar Mubin, one of our PhD candidates, printed his book “ROILA: RObot Interaction LAnguage” last week. “… The mismatch between humans’ expectations and the abilities of interactive robots often results in frustration for the user. Palm Inc. faced a similar problem with handwriting recognition for their handheld computers. They invented Graffiti, an artificial alphabet, that was easy to learn and easy for the computer to recognize. Our Robot Interaction Language (ROILA) takes a similar approach by offering a speech recognition friendly artificial language that is easy to learn for humans and easy to understand for robots with an ultimate goal of outperforming natural language in terms of speech recognition accuracy…”.

To read more about his work, download the book [PDF, 3M].

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Biosignal Controlled Recommendation in Entertainment Systems

December 14th, 2010 Comments off

Hao Liu, one of the PhD students I supervised, defended his thesis “Biosignal Controlled Recommendation in Entertainment Systems”, on Monday, December 13, 2010.

[DOWNLOAD | PDF, 2M | Biosignal Controlled Recommendation in Entertainment Systems ]

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