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Students from the Department of AI, in the Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta presented a prize-winner in the mini project competition of the 1st NEPOMUK summer school. Stephanie Buhagiar, an undergraduate from the department was a member of one of the winning teams and she also presented the group's research after two-days of intensive work.

NEPOMUK is an international research project funded by the European Union within IST 6th framework research program. The project consortium of 16 partners brings together researchers, industrial software developers, and representative industrial users. NEPOMUK develops the Social Semantic Desktop, a comprehensive solution for extending the personal desktop into a collaboration environment which supports both the personal information management and the sharing and exchange across social and organizational relations. NEPOMUK uses and extends the technological basis available from the Internet, the Semantic Web, and Web 2.0.

The NEPOMUK summer school took place at the Hotel Victoria between the 7th and the 13th of September, in Sliema, Malta. The Department of AI was involved in the local organisation of the Summer School through Mr Charlie Abela, Assistant Lecturer within the department.

28 Students from 12 different countries spent the week learning about semantic technologies and the Social Semantic Desktop in particular. While the mornings were dedicated to theoretical and conceptual lectures, the afternoons were spent in guided hands-on sessions which allowed students to collect experiences with the new techniques. Lectures and tutoring were performed by senior researchers from the NEPOMUK project team. Keeping balance between hard work and hard party, the evenings allowed the participants to enjoy Malta through boat trips, visits, music, and social events.

NEPOMUK Thursday afternoon all students grouped in small teams and started to worked on mini projects of their own, aimed at using the newly-gained know-how to investigate and realize new, creative, and funny ideas. The groups presented a total of five prototypes and interaction designs on Saturday morning as the concluding highlight of the summer school.

"It has been a great experience working in such a collaborative setting" says Stephanie Buhagiar, "I got insights into large, cutting-edge research projects, learned a lot, and I enjoyed being creative and having the opportunity to express myself. I will miss everyone. I'd also like to thank the Faculty of ICT for giving us, Maltese participants, the grants so that we could make this experience", she concludes.

"It was a great experience working with different people from different cultures, with different backgrounds and different opinions" adds Samur, MSc student in computer science at the Pontifical Universidade Catholica at Rio de Janeiro. "It was the most important experience in my professional life".

"I was pretty fascinated by the inherently interdisciplinary work. It was interesting to see how all the pieces fit together" comments Navid, PhD student at Università Svizzera-Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Hung, PhD student in his final year at the University Sud of Paris adds: "The practical knowledge about semantic technology will greatly help me in my own research."

NEPOMUK Ioana, research assistant at DERI in Galway, Ireland, feels "meeting the people whose names I have read on many papers was so fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the intensive and inspiring cooperation at this summer school."

"Learning the new semantic technologies and new methods for fast prototyping and expressing ideas about an innovative project has been wonderful" concludes Nuno, professor at ISEP Polytechnic School of engineering in Porto, Portugal. "The encouraging discussions have been an excellent personal and professional experience".

NEPOMUK delivers open-source and well-published results and encourages active participation by interested parties beyond the original project consortium. For further information please click here.

Main Authors & Contacts:
Dr Ansgar Bernardi, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Mr Charlie Abela, Department of AI, Faculty of ICT, University of Malta



 

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