Personal Cross-Media Information Management
Personal Information Management (PIM) deals with the collection, organisation and retrieval of personal information. While most existing solutions focus on digital information only, our research on Personal Cross-Media Information Management investigates solutions and frameworks that bridge the gap between digital and physical information spaces. We aim for less information fragmentation by developing the necessary infrastructure to store, organise and link information across different types of media (e.g. emails, digital documents as well as printed articles and books or handwritten notes). Depending on a potential candidate's expertise and interests, we see various possible research directions in the domain of Personal Cross-Media Information Management, ranging from the development of enhanced data management and linking solutions for digital and physical information (based on the resource-selector-link (RSL) hypermedia metamodel) to solutions for the sharing of information between users and the enhanced tracking and integration of physical and digital information. Furthermore, there is a need for innovative cross-media user interfaces that go beyond the classical Desktop Metaphor in order to manage and efficiently retrieve information managed by a Personal Cross-Media Information Management solution. Of course also the study of existing work practices and the evaluation of prototypes via in-the-wild user studies might create some new insights and knowledge on how to be best support cross-media information management and which forms of next generation user interfaces (e.g. based on augmented reality) might lead to a more efficient and satisfiable organisation and retrieval of our daily information.
About the research Group
Web & Information Systems Engineering Lab
The Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Lab is a research unit of the Department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is headed by Prof. Dr. Olga De Troyer and Prof. Dr. Beat Signer. The activities of WISE concentrate on innovative information systems such as next generation web applications, context-aware applications and cross-media information spaces.
The WISE lab further investigates human-computer interaction aspects for those systems, such as interactive paper and cross-media solutions, data physicalisation, tangible holograms as well as multimodal and multi-touch interaction. We develop new engineering methodologies, tools and software frameworks for the rapid prototyping and efficient realisation of innovative information environments.
There is a strong emphasis on conceptual modelling and design, reasoning on designs, localisation and globalisation, adaptation and personalisation, accessibility and usability in general. Important technologies used in this context are graphical and visual design languages, domain-specific modeling languages as well as design patterns. Important application domains are web applications, augmented and virtual reality, serious games and e-learning.