A bunch of articles on Context-Awareness

… from today’s TechNews from ACM…

ContextAware Car

Other autonomous car work is under way as well. Using technology it created for its own DARPA race car, MIT AgeLab is working on what it call its Aware Car. The Aware Car is black Volvo with  minicameras and infrared lights mounted above the steering wheel that monitor driver's eye and eyelid movements. Other sensor watch the driver's heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration looking for changes that the car’s brain should react to such as stopping the car should the driver experience heart pain.  Another monitor in the trunk monitors for lane drifting. Real-time data pops up on a backseat computer monitor, all of it stored on a hard drive in the trunk.

Pasted from <http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/29088>

Chill Out, Your Computer Knows What's Best for You

The CHIL team developed systems that could understand the context of meetings and proactively help the participants by controlling the meeting environment. For example, during a meeting such a system can filter and respond to incoming mobile phone calls to each participant, secretly remind participants of facts such as other participants’ names, and provide a virtual shared workspace for all.

Many of the spin-offs from the project involve participants in CHIL, and the technologies the researchers developed.

Project scientific coordinator Dr Rainer Stiefelhagen says the project made some “remarkable” achievements. He points to the project’s advances in building a new system of audio-visual components to monitor and analyse what people do and how they behave in different circumstances.

“We also organised a series of evaluation workshops which attracted people from all over the world, and we were invited to make a lot of presentations about project outcomes,” Stiefelhagen says. “This gave us a high profile in academic and research circles and resulted in lots of citations.”

Pasted from <http://cordis.europa.eu/ictresults/index.cfm/section/news/tpl/article/BrowsingType/Features/ID/89804>

Intel's Future Vision: Cars With Eyes, Processors With Engines

About 70 research projects that could impact the future were on display during Research at Intel Day at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The demonstration included using electronic fields to enable machines to sense what is around them, a development that would allow a robot to determine the amount of pressure to use in its fingers when picking something up. With such a sense of touch, a robot would be able to pick up glasses without breaking them or help a senior get up from the couch.

Pasted from <http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9097218>

Standardization of Rule Based Technologies Moving Forward to Enable the Next Generation Web

RuleML, the international umbrella organization for web rule research, standardization, and adoption, invites all stakeholders to Orlando, Florida, October 30-31, 2008

- Rule technologies have improved rapidly in recent years, driven by industry demands. The current generation of these technologies provides a high degree of usability, scalability, and performance.

- The use of rule-based technologies can accelerate the software development cycle significantly at reduced costs and has a positive impact especially in heterogeneous environments such as the Web.

- The International RuleML Symposium on Rule Interchange and Applications (RuleML-2008), to be held in Orlando, Florida, October 30/31, 2008, is the primary practice-oriented gathering in the field of Web rule standards and rule and event-processing technologies.

- RuleML-2008 covers the whole spectrum of rule-related topics with a wide range of activities, including the presentation of peer-reviewed high-quality industry and research papers, software demonstrations, and invited talks given by leaders from industry and academia.

Pasted from <http://pressemitteilung.ws/node/129415>