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Erika Borg had a paper based on her FYP report "Interruption Management" (2010) accepted at the 2nd Workshop on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM2010). She presented her paper on 12th September, 2010, in Duisburg, Germany.

Borg, E.L., Abela, C., Staff, C., DIME : Desktop Interruption Management. To appear in Proceedings of the Workshop in Personal Knowledge Management, 2010, PKM2010, September 2010.

Abstract: As most of us spend a substantial amount of time on computers nowadays for either work or personal tasks, it is very easy to realise that interrup- tions occur on a regular basis. Such interruptions often tend to cause an information and cognitive overload due to the inundation of data entering our desktop which disrupt us from our current task. A few years back, people used to be able to interrupt you only by calling or physically walking into an office for example. Nowadays, through various technological advancements, interruptions can occur via e-mails, instant messaging, mobiles and countless other mechanisms. In this paper we present DIME, a solution to interruption management to reduce disruptive interruptions by understanding the user's desktop context and current activities, and evaluated based on e-mail communications. Furthermore, our initial evaluation methodology proved it to be very promising.

Keith Cortis had a paper entitled "SemChat: Extracting Personal Information from Chat Conversations" that was accepted at the 1st Personal Semantic Data (PSD) workshop that was held in Lisbon, as part of the EKAW 2010 conference.

Cortis, K., Abela, C., SemChat: Extracting Personal Information from Chat Conversations, , in PSD2010, Workshop on Personal Semantic Data, EKAW 2010, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management by the Masses, October 2010, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: The Semantic Desktop focuses on the provision of a personal information management (PIM) system that integrates and presents relevant content within the user's desktop in a manageable and practical fashion. A semantic chat client component aimed at extracting personal information from chat conversations may be of great help to the user. Therefore we state that the intention is to extract concepts from chat conversions, such as persons, locations, organizations, dates and events. The semantic chat component - SemChat, was developed as a chat client plug-in for the Spark Instant Messenger which is connected to the user's desktop through a Social Semantic Desktop Application called NEPOMUK. Any Concepts annotated by the user are stored within NEPOMUK's Personal Information Model (PIMO). Annotated events are exported directly to Spark's Event scheduler while the implemented semantic search facility returns saved concepts and events of interest.

Camilleri, J., Pace, G., and Rosner, M., Playing Gnomic using Controlled Natural Language, Presented at CNL2010, second workshop on Controlled Natural Language, Marettimo Island, Sicily, September 2010

A research which originated in Malta by the two members of the Faculty of ICT, Dr Alexiei Dingli and Mr Dylan Seychell won the first prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).  The ESNC intends to further strengthen international collaboration among these regions, particular with regard to the development of applications and services made possible by Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system.  Together with Ms Tunde Kallai, they submitted the idea in ESNC and won the first prize Living Lab Media Prize.  The project was presented on the next day at the Galileo Control Centre at the European Space Agency Park in the outskirts of Munich.

On the evening of the 18th October 2010, the best innovations and applications in satellite navigation were awarded in the Allerheiligenhofkirche of the Munich Residenz in what was already the seventh iteration of the European Satellite Navigation Competition. Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Zeil together with high-ranking representatives from the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), ESNC industry partners T-Systems and NAVTEQ, and Forum SatNav MIT BW awarded special prizes in a series of specific topics. For the first time, this year's competition also included accolades for students and the three best applications suitable for testing and realisation at one of the 220 nodes of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).  The Maltese initiative was awarded this first prize in the media category of the Living Lab Prize. 

The application, named DINOS for Smart Cities is a hybrid system that collects and manages information and aids users travelling in cities by making use of localisation services. It incorporates an intelligent information system that automatically manages the status of the queues at tourist attractions, thus distributing visitors among different places of interest. The system is able to determine which queue is moving most quickly. Using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, DINOS in return suggests attractions to users depending on this status and provide recommendations based on their proximity to relevant locations. Natural language processing (NLP) is employed to protect tourists by reducing their use of the traditional methods, making them less vulnerable to theft. The system is composed a central server that receives information from nodes at places of interest and interacts with users on their mobile devices.  The implementation and evaluation of this research were supported by Vodafone Malta Ltd.

DINOS has various applications in society namely in Tourism, Marketing and Education/Gaming.  In the field of tourism the system enables users to obtain information about the attractions in cities and general orientation based on a combination of digital maps and guidebooks. The commercial community and historical attractions will use DINOS to promote their products and services while collaborating together to improve users’ experiences in cities where the system is implemented. One could also use the system to conduct fun learning experiences around cities, such as scavenger hunts.

Seychell, A., Zammit, M., Farrugia, M., Zerafa, T., Dingli, A.,  Mobile Interactive City Adventure – MICA, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010

Gatt, M., Cini, C., Aquilina, G., A.Dingli, Sci-Droid, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010

Seychell, D., Dingli, A., Virtual Mobile City Guide, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010

Abela, J., Montebelllo, M., Camilleri, V., Roggen, D., and Wirz, M.,  MICE - Mobility In Case of Emergency, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010

Briffa, A., Montebelllo, M., Camilleri, V., Roggen, D., and Wirz, M.,  Locating Personnel on Site, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010

Buhagiar, A., Montebelllo, M., Camilleri, V., Briffa. V., Mobile Augmented Reality in an Arts Museum, in proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contextual and Mobile Learning, mLearn2010. Valletta, Malta, October 2010








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