Beat Signer

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dept. of Computer Science
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels (Belgium)

Room: 10 G 731d
Phone: +32 2 629 12 39
Fax: +32 2 629 35 25

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Beat Signer is Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, where he is co-director of the Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) laboratory and Erasmus coordinator of the Department of Computer Science. With his team consisting of Jan Maushagen, Reinout Roels, Audrey Sanctorum, Ahmed Tayeh, Sandra Trullemans, Lars Van Holsbeeke and Cristian Vasquez Paulus, he is investigating cross-media information spaces and architectures (CISA), interactive paper and augmented reality solutions as well as multimodal and multi-touch interaction frameworks. His research interests further include human-information interaction, web information systems, document engineering, ubiquitous and tangible computing as well as personal information management. He has been local organiser of the CAiSE 2001 conference, proceedings editor of the CoPADD 2006 and CoPADD 2007 workshops and he is a member of ACM, IEEE, DBTA and the Digital Pen and Paper Society.

As part of his PhD thesis, Beat investigated fundamental concepts for interactive paper and cross-media information spaces resulting in the general resource-selector-link (RSL) metamodel that generalises document and open hypermedia models. The iServer platform represents our implementation of the RSL model that can be extended by different resource plug-ins for integrating different types of physical and digital media.

As a member of the European Paper++ and PaperWorks projects, Beat developed the interactive paper (iPaper) framework for integrating paper and digital services and information. Different solutions for innovative forms of interactive paper document publishing have been realised and the iPaper framework has been applied in a variety of applications including PaperPoint, EdFest, Generosa Enterprise, the Lost Cosmonaut, Print-n-Link, PaperProof and other solutions. We also recently released iGesture a general framework for gesture recognition under an open source license. Based on the experience that we gained from realising the interactive paper applications, Beat is currently investigating general design patterns and paper widgets for the new type of paper-digital user interfaces.

More recently, Beat started to extend the RSL metamodel, to deal not only with navigational cross-media linking, but also enable the structural representation of new forms of cross-media documents and information spaces. Furthermore, the open source iGesture framework is currently extended to support new types of gestures (e.g. 3D gestures).

Beat Signer studied Computer Science at ETH Zurich and did his Diploma Thesis (M.Sc.) in the Global Information Systems group. In his diploma project, he developed an object-oriented GUI for the object model multi-user extended file system (GOMES). A remote object mechanism was designed based on XML-RPC and employed in order to communicate in a machine and programming language independent manner allowing the Java-based GOMES application to use the whole functionality of the extended file system implemented in Oberon. He finished his PhD thesis on fundamental concepts for interactive paper and cross-media information spaces in August 2005.

Fundamental Concepts for Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Information Spaces (buy from
Book Description
Interactive Paper and Crossmedia While there have been dramatic increases in the use of digital technologies for information storage, processing and delivery over the last twenty years, the affordances of paper have ensured its retention as a key information medium. In this book we review a wide variety of projects and technological developments for bridging the paper-digital divide. We present our information-centric approach for a tight integration of paper and digital information that builds on a general cross-media information platform. Different innovative augmented paper applications that have been developed based on our interactive paper platform and Anoto Digital Pen and Paper technology are introduced. For example, these applications include a mobile interactive paper-based tourist information system (EdFest) and a paper-digital presentation tool (PaperPoint). Challenges and solutions for new forms of interactive paper and cross-media publishing are discussed. The book is targeted at developers and researchers in information systems, hypermedia and human computer interaction, professionals from the printing and publishing industry as well as readers with a general interest in the future of paper.

List Price: €42.00
Hardcover: 276 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3837027139
ISBN-13: 978-3-8370-2713-6
Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches, 22 x 15.5 x 2.2 cm


During his spare time, Beat likes to travel and loves to do some wildlife, landscape as well as architectural photography.


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