Sirris Attended ISCRAM 2012

Sirris participated with a research contribution entitled "Ontology-driven Multimodal Interface Design for an Emergency Response Application" in the 9th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2012), which was held in April in Vancouver, Canada. Our contribution has been developed in the context of a large EU project in which we participate, called ASTUTE. ASTUTE focuses on key aspects of human-centered design by providing pro-active decision support via sophisticated multi-modal interfaces, supporting human capabilities, considering their limitations and expectations. The ultimate goal is to develop a platform for building embedded products that capture and act upon user intentions thereby taking into account the user’s context (i.e. user environment and all the factors which will influence the user performance) and state (i.e. aspects determining the ability of the user to perform in a given situation, such as stress level, fatigue, …). The approach will be verified in several different industrial demonstrators in the domain of avionics, automotive and emergency management.

The research work presented at ISCRAM 2012 proposes an ontology-driven modelling framework, which allows to capture the domain and expert knowledge available within the interface design community, and to support designers in their daily design tasks by eliciting user and application dependent design recommendations. It is illustrated how this framework can be used in practice with a concrete case study devoted to multimodal interface design for the purpose of emergency response applications.

ISCRAM 2012 scientific programme included high quality keynote presentations e.g. "Canada's Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System – Keeping it Simple", workshops, tutorials, research presentations and demos. For instance, a group of researchers from TNO, The Netherlands, presented a contribution "Towards a realtime Twitter analysis during crises for operational crisis management" investigating the possibilities of real-time and automated analysis of Twitter messages during crises. The analysis was performed through application of an information extraction tool to nearly 97,000 tweets that were published shortly before, during and after a storm hit the Pukkelpop 2011 festival in Belgium. As soon as the storm hit the festival tweet activity increased exponentially, peaking at 576 tweets per minute. The extraction tool enabled analyzing tweets through predefined (geo)graphical displays, message content filters (damage, casualties) and tweet type filters (e.g., retweets). Important topics that emerged were 'early warning tweets', 'rumors' and the 'self-organization of disaster relief' on Twitter. Results indicated that automated filtering of information provides valuable information for operational response and crisis communication.

If you want to find out more about ISCRAM 2012 topics and contributions, please consult their website or contact Elena Tsiporkova.