Beat Signer is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, where he is co-director of the Web and Information System Engineering (WISE) laboratory. With his team consisting of Lode Hoste, Reinout Roels, Ahmed Tayeh and Sandra Trullemans, 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. Thereby, they are investigating new document formats for representing information across different types of media as well as fluid user interfaces for interacting with the resulting cross-media information spaces. A significant part of the research is based on applying and extending the resource-selector-link (RSL) hypermedia metamodel. Beat's 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, co-organiser of the EGMI 2014 workshop, proceedings editor of the EGMI 2014, CoPADD 2006 and CoPADD 2007 workshops and he is a member of ACM, IEEE, the Swiss Informatics Society, the Digital Pen and Paper Society as well as the ERCIM Working Group on Data and Information Spaces.
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 part 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
the Lost Cosmonaut,
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.
Fundamental Concepts for Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Information Spaces
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
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).
Based on XML-RPC, a remote object mechanism was designed 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.