Showing posts from November, 2008

Nov 2008 Two CHI 2009 workshop papers accepted.

Myself and members of my research group have had two of our workshop position papers accepted for CHI 2009.

The first paper entitled "Designing for Collaboration: Professional Information Management (PIM) in Research Communities" by Umer Rashid and Dr. Aaron Quigley has been accepted for the CHI 2009 workshop on The Changing Face of Digital Science: New Practices in Scientific Collaborations. The workshop will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Boston. In this paper, we report on the results of a case study exploring the use of collaborative tools in a research community. We conducted a questionnaire-based survey among 30 researchers to establish their preferences for different tools to collaborate with their research group, school and remote colleagues. Based on the results of this survey, we offer design guidelines for collaboration tools.

The second paper entitled “Do Pattern Languages help us Structure Evaluations in Healthcare Technologies?” by Dr. Julie Doyle, Dr.…

Nov 2008 ODCSSS 2009 - Theme Announced "Technologies for bridging the digital-physical divide: sensing the environment"

We have announced the theme for ODCSSS 2009 "Technologies for bridging the digital-physical divide: sensing the environment".

ODCSSS is 12 week undergraduate summer research internship program between the University College Dublin (UCD) and Dublin City University (DCU) Ireland. This program offers a distributed and interdisciplinary research environment at the forefront of ICT research.

Each ODCSSS student is engaged in a research project with a faculty member and mentor which provides them an opportunity to experience research. The program offers paid internship awards and opens for applications in December of each year for the following summer. The selection of interns is highly competitive but we encourage anyone interested in research who is eligible to apply. Our Introduction page and Objectives pages have more details on the overall program. Our News page has extensive updates of the ongoing ODCSSS activities each year and our Students page has details of our over 60 pas…

Nov 2008 Pervasive 2009 Workshop - Pervasive Advertising

Today Jörg Müller from the University of Münster, Albrecht Schmidt from University of Duisburg-Essen, Bo Begole from PARC USA and myself had our workshop on "Pervasive Computing will change the Future of Advertising" ( accepted at Pervasive 2009, the Seventh International Conference on Pervasive Computing which will be held May 11-14, 2009 in Nara, Japan. This annual conference is the premier forum for researchers to present their latest results in all areas related to architecture, design, implementation, application and evaluation of pervasive computing. I'm also a member of the steering committee (along with Albrecht and others), so it's great to see the conference go from strength to strength!

"The Pervasive Advertising workshop focusses on how Pervasive Technology is shaping the future of advertising. Technologies including digital signage, ambient displays, mobile phones, haptic interfaces and e-newspapers create a pervasive …

Nov 2008 Invited Speaker, ICT Lyon 2008 "Health@Home"

I have been invited to speak at the Eurescom's networking session on "Health@Home - A new paradigm for prevention and chronic disease management". The session will take place at the Lyon Congress Centre, room Saint Clair 4, on Wednesday, 26 November 2008, 9:00 - 10:30 during the ICT 2008 in Lyon from the 25-27th of November.

"The biennial ICT Event (formerly called the "IST Event") is the most important forum for discussing research and public policy in information and communication technologies at European level. The Event brings together researchers and innovators, policy and business decision-makers working in the field of digital technologies." [ Read More ]

"The purpose of this session is to initiate multi-disciplinary projects between network operators, service providers, manufacturers and e-health experts on the research challenges to create Health@Home applications and services. These services will empower citizens to manage their own hea…

Nov 2008 Irish Chapter of ACM SIGCHI Launch (Dec 2nd)

Irish Research into Human-Computer Interaction

A new Irish Chapter of ACM SIGCHI will be officially launched at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday 2 December 2008, 4pm, reception to follow.

SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. The Irish chapter brings together researchers and designers from across the Irish third level and commercial sector. With ever increasing amounts of technology in our cars, mobile phones, workplace and private lives, there is a huge challenge faced in designing systems which meet the needs of people in the real world.

Prof. Liam Bannon, Chair of the Irish SIGCHI, and Director of the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, welcomed this announcement, noting "While research has been done over many years in Irish Universities that fits under the umbrella of HCI, until relatively recently there have been few fora for researchers and practitioners …

Nov 2008 Emil Vassev starts as a postdoctoral fellow

Welcome to Dr. Emil Vassev from
Concordia University in Montreal, Canada to the Systems Research Group. Emil recently completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and his thesis was on ASSL a "Framework for Specification and Code Generation of Autonomic Systems".

ASSL: Autonomic System Specification Language is a framework that implies a multi-tier structure for specifying autonomic systems. The ASSL framework is defined through formalization tiers. Over these tiers, ASSL provides a layered structure for specifying ASs as formal executable models. ASSL defines an AS with its interaction protocol and autonomic elements.

Earlier this year Emil had a paper with Mike Hinchey the new research director for Lero so we expect this collaboration to continue as new ones develop with us all here in the SRG. The paper was entitled "Towards an ASSL Specification Model for NASA Swarm-Based Exploration Missions." Proceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2008…

Nov 2008 Two Journal Papers Published

Congrats to two of my students Brendan and Ross on our recent journal papers which have been published in high profile venues with high impact factors. The work on both of these projects continues so I expect we will have more Journal papers in the future on these topics.

Sheehan B., Quigley A., Gaudin B. and Dobson S., A relation based measure of semantic similarity for gene ontology annotations. BMC Bioinformatics 2008, 9:468 (4 November 2008)
Knox A., Clear A., Shannon R., Coyle L., Dobson S., Quigley A. and Nixon P., Scatterbox: a Context-Aware Message Forwarding Platform, 2008, Journal Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle pp.549-568, RSTI serie RIA - Volume 22 No 5/2008, (ISBN 978-2-7462-2261-8)