New Project Starts

We have just started working in a new EC (CHIST-ERA) project called eGlasses, it is in partnership with a range of research groups across Europe in Poland, Austria, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

The eGlasses project is focused on the development of an open platform in the form of multisensory electronic glasses and on the integration and designing of new intelligent interaction methods using the eGlasses platform. This is an initial development focused on long-term research and technological innovation in perceptual and super-perceptual (e.g. heart rate, temperature) computing. It is an emerging technology that is also focused on the creation of mobile, perceptual media. Perceptual media refers to multimedia devices with added perceptual user interface capabilities. These devices integrate human-like perceptual awareness of the environment, with the ability to respond appropriately. This can be achieved by using automatic perception of an object’s properties and delivering information about the object’s status as a result of reasoning operations. For example, using the eGlasses, it will be possible to control a device, which is recognized within the field of view using the interactive menu, associated with the identified device. Other examples include presentation of a recognized person name, recognition of people with abnormal physiological parameters, protection against possible head injuries, etc.

The platform will use currently available user-interaction methods, new methods developed in the framework of this project (e.g. a haptic interface) and will enable further extensions to introduce next generation user-interaction algorithms. Furthermore, the goal of this project is to propose and evaluate new and intelligent user interactions, which are particularly useful for healthcare professionals, people with disabilities or at risk of exclusion, and to create and evaluate behavioural models of these mobile users.

The main scientific and technological objectives of the project are to design and evaluate the following:

– eye-tracking hardware and algorithms for a user, who is mobile in a noisy real world environment, – algorithms for perceptual media and for super perceptual computing, – methods for locating objects and guiding vision towards the identified objects,

– methods of interactions with users and objects (menu of activities for the identified person or object), – a haptic interface in a form of a peripheral proximity radar, – methods for the recognition of the user’s own gestures and recognition of gestures of the observed person,

– methods for context-aware behavioural studies, – methods for reference applications. The result of the project will be an open platform in the form of multisensory electronic multimedia glasses and a set of new methods for intelligent user interactions, especially in the context of perceptual media.

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Women may again face Stoning in Afghanistan

I hope as many people reading this blog will be as disgusted as I am by the fact that women may again face stoning for adultery in Afghanistan. According to a report in The Guardian a draft of the penal code drawn up by a sub-committee (not yet in the final full draft) this sick and evil punishment may make a return to the laws of the land. It should be noted that it requires just four witnesses (who are certain of the act) for such a punishment to be carried out. Also there is likely to be little resistance to the proposed law as it is seen as part of the Sharia. Personally I am sick and tired of any government (UK included getting away with spying on people and torturing them in foreign jails ) constantly claiming that basic human-rights are a local matter. In my opinion a basic level of respect for others is international and when such evils as what is proposed in Afghanistan are brought up again they should be dealt with much more harshly than the current political pussy footing around the subject.

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Paper- Driver Diaries: A Multimodal Mobility Behaviour Logging Methodology

By Martin Kracheel, Rod McCall and Vincent Koenig

Abstract: The Driver Diaries are a mobility behaviour logging methodology, consisting of an online survey, a mobile application and focus group interviews. They are used to collect data about mobility behaviour, routines and motivations of commuters in Luxembourg. The paper focuses on design and development of the Driver Diaries and it explores the use of the application as a requirements capture and an integral element of an infotainment application that can change the standard routine driving behaviour of mobility participants in order to reduce traffic congestion.

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Blog problems – server failure

Due to the server where this blog is hosted totally failing until 31/10 and the subsequent backup being a few days old some of the more recent posts may be missing, in particular recent papers. I will try to rectify this as soon as possible.

There was also some problems last week with an update to WordPress which promptly broke several plugins; this also caused many problems.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Driver Diaries IOS App Available Soon

Having successfully launched the Android version of the Driver Diaries Application earlier this year we are pleased to say that the IOS version is now nearly ready for release. Development has been advancing well recently and we will shortly submit it to Apple for verification. If you are interested in signing up or want more information on the project please visit: www.igear.lu

Please note the application is intended for those commuting to work in Luxembourg. The application is being released as part of the FNR funded IGEAR project which explores gamification as a method of reducing traffic congestion. The work is being conducted at the SnT Research Centre at the University of Luxembourg. For more information on the research team behind the project please download the IGNITE flyer.

As this forms part of a research project only a limited number of people can take part.

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