Beat Signer
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Prof. Dr. Beat Signer
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Computer Science
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels (Belgium)
Phone: +32 2 629 12 39, Fax: +32 2 629 35 25
10 G 731d, bsigner@vub.ac.be, wise.vub.ac.be
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Research Activities

  • Departmental Roles
  • Exchange Coordinator for the Department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, September 2009 - now.
  • Member of the University Council for the Master's of Applied Informatics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Secretary of the Exam Commission for the 1st Bachelor in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Secretary of the Exam Commission for the Bachelor in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Secretary of the Exam Commission for the Bridging Programme in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Member of the Exam Commission for the Master's of Applied Informatics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Member of the Exam Commission for the Master's of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, January 2013 - now.
  • Member of the Faculty Teaching Commission (for the Department of Computer Science) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, October 2011 - January 2014.
  • Secretary of the Exam Commission for the Department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, September 2011 - 2013.

  • Professional Memberships

  • Programme Committees
  • CHI 2013, Workshop Selection Committee, International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paris, France, April 2013.
  • CMTA '09, 1st International Workshop on Cross-Media Technologies and Applications, Fukuoka, Japan, March 2009.
  • CoPADD 2007, 2nd International Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents, London, UK, November 2007.
  • CoPADD 2006, 1st International Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents, Banff, Canada, November 2006.
  • CrowdUI 2014, 1st International Workshop on User Interfaces for Crowdsourcing and Human Computation, Como, Italy, May 2014.
  • DATAVIEW 2011, 2nd International Workshop on Data Visualization and Integration in Enterprises and on the Web, Lugano, Switzerland, September 2011.
  • DATAVIEW 2010, 1st International Workshop on Data Visualization and Integration in Enterprises and on the Web, Crete, Greece, October 2010.
  • DIS 2014, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.
  • EGMI 2014, 1st International Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces, Vancouver, Rome, June 2014.
  • ICDEM 2010, 2nd International Conference on Data Engineering and Management, Tiruchirappalli, India, July 2010.
  • ICPCA 2011, 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, October 2011.
  • ICPCA 2008, 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, Alexandria, Egypt, October 2008.
  • ICPCA 2007, 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, Birmingham, United Kingdom, July 2007.
  • ICWE 2014, 14th International International Conference on Web Engineering, Toulouse, France, July 2014.
  • PaperComp 2010, 1st International Workshop on Paper Computing, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2010.
  • RCIS 2012, 6th International Conference on Research Challenges (demo track), Valencia, Spain, May 2012.
  • SAAKM 2009, Semantic Authoring, Annotation and Knowledge Markup Workshop, Redondo Beach, USA, September 2009.
  • SAAKM 2007, Semantic Authoring, Annotation and Knowledge Markup Workshop, Whistler, Canada, October 2007.
  • TEI 2014, 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Munich, Germany, February 2014.
  • TEI 2013, 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Barcelona, Spain, January 2013.
  • TEI 2012, 6th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Kingston, Canada, February 2012.
  • TEI 2011, 5th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Funchal, Portugal, January 2010.
  • TEI 2010, 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Cambridge, USA, January 2010.
  • TEI 2009, 3rd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, Cambridge, United Kingdom, February 2009.
  • TEI 2008, 2nd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, Bonn, Germany, February 2008.
  • TPDL 2012, International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, Cyprus, Cyprus, September 2012.
  • TPDL 2011, 15th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, Berlin, Germany, September 2011.

  • Reviewer
  • ACM TOCHI, ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction.
  • CHI 2014, 32th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2014, Toronto, Canada.
  • CHI 2011, 29th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
  • CHI 2010, 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2010, Atlanta, USA.
  • CHI 2009, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2009, Boston, USA.
  • EICS 2014, 6th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, Rome, Italy, June 2014.
  • EICS 2013, 5th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, London, UK, June 2013.
  • i-com, Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien, 2012.
  • IEEE Pervasive Computing, Journal on Research and Practice in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing.
  • IEEE TLT, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.
  • IJART, International Journal of Arts and Technology.
  • IJCIS, International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems.
  • IJHCS, International Journal on Human-Computer Studies.
  • IJSWIS, International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems.
  • IS, International Journal of Information Sciences.
  • ITS 2009, International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, November 2009, Banff, Canada.
  • NordiCHI 2012, Nordic Forum for Human-Computer Interaction Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.
  • SCP, Science of Computer Programming.
  • SNF, Swiss National Science Foundation.
  • TableTop 2006, 1st IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, January 2006, Adelaine, Australia.
  • The Computer Journal, British Computer Society.
  • UbiComp 2011, 13th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, September 2011, Beijing, China.
  • UbiComp 2006, 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, September 2006, Orange County, USA.
  • UIST 2013, 26nd ACM Symposium on User Interface Software, October 2013, St Andrews, United Kingdom.
  • UIST 2009, 22nd ACM Symposium on User Interface Software, October 2009, Victoria, Canada.
  • UIST 2007, 20th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software, October 2007, Newport, USA.
  • WWW 2006, 15th International World Wide Web Conference, May 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Session Chair
  • WISM 2010, Seventh International Workshop on Web Information Systems Modeling, Vancouver, November 2010.
  • ICOODB 2009, 2nd International Conference on Object Databases, July 2009, Zurich Switzerland.

  • Conference and Workshop Organisation
  • Co-organiser of EGMI 2014, 1st International Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces, Rome, Italy, June 2014.
  • Tutorial Chair of ICOODB 2010, 3rd International Conference on Objects and Databases, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, September 2010.
  • Local organiser of CAiSE'01, 13th Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, June 2001, Interlaken, Switzerland.

  • Editor
  • Proceedings Co-Editor of EGMI 2014, 1st International Workshop on Engineering Gestures for Multimodal Interfaces, June 2014, Rome, Italy.
  • Proceedings Editor of CoPADD 2007, 2nd International Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents, November 2007, London, UK.
  • Proceedings Editor of CoPADD 2006, 1st International Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents, November 2006, Banff, Canada.

  • PhD Juries
  • Ugo Sangiorgi, A Method for Prototyping Graphical User Interfaces by Sketching on Multiple Devices, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, August 2014.
  • Dietrich Kammer, Formalisierung gestischer Eingabe für Multitouch-Systeme, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, January 2014.
  • Ahmed Ewais, Authoring Adaptive 3D Virtual Learning Environments, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, January 2014.
  • William Van Woensel, Mobile, Client-Side Context-provisioning via the Decentralized and Integrated Querying of Online Semantic Web Data, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, September 2013.
  • Lamia Abo Zaid, The Feature Assembly Approach for Modelling & Managing Software Variability, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, June 2013.
  • Quentin Bonnard, Paper Interfaces: An HCI Approach to Geometry Education, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, December 2012.
  • Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Handling Partial Failures in Mobile Ad hoc Network Applications - From Programming Language Design to Tool Support, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, September 2012.
  • Abdalghani Mushtaha, Towards Designing Localized Websites, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, August 2012.
  • Matthias Stevens, Participatory Sensing for Sustainable Societies - The Case of Urban Noise Pollution, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, June 2012.
  • Wael Al Sarraj, A Usability Evaluation Framework for Web Mashup Makers for End-Users, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, March 2012.
  • Adriana Ispas, Solutions for Natural Notetaking based on Paper-Digital Technologies, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, December 2011.
  • Andoni Lombide Carreton, Ambient-oriented Dataflow Programming for Mobile RFID-Enabled Applications, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, November 2011.
  • Jorge Vallejos, Modularising Context Dependency and Group Behaviour in Ambient-oriented Programming, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, June 2011.
  • Michael Spranger, The Evolution of Grounded Spatial Language, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, April 2011.
  • Andres Yie, A Non-invasive Approach for Evolving Model Transformation Chains, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, February 2011.
  • Mario Sanchez, Executable Models for Extensible Workflow Engines, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, February 2011.
  • Oscar Gonzales, Monitoring and Analysis of Workflow Applications: A Domain-specific Language Approach, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, September 2010.
  • Joris Bleys, Language Strategies for the Domain of Colour, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, June 2010.
  • Sven Van Segbroeck, Complex Dynamics in Adaptive Networks, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, April 2010.
  • Feng Liu, Biological Literature Miner - Gene Normalization and Interaction Article Classification, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, February 2010.
  • Yifei Chen, Biological Literature Miner - Gene Mention Recognition and Protein-Protein Pair Extraction, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, February 2010.
  • Yan Tang, On Semantic Decision Tables, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, October 2009.

  • Invited Talks
  • Cross-Media Information Spaces and Architectures, Seminar organised by Infogroep, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, March 27, 2014.
  • Cross-Media Information Spaces and Architectures, Seminar organised by Infogroep, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, April 24, 2013. presentation
  • Cross-Media Information Systems - Quo Vadis?, CRAFT, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2, 2012. presentation
  • The Future of Computers and the Internet, Mens en computer in 2030?, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, March 24, 2011. presentation
  • Paper-Digital User Interfaces - Applications, Frameworks and Future Challenges, User Interface Colloquium, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany, November 2, 2009. presentation
  • Interaktives Papier - Ein neues Medium zur Integration von Papier und digitalen Medien in crossmedialen Publikationen, Swiss Publishing Week, Hotel Banana City, Winterthur, Switzerland, September 19, 2008. presentation
  • Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Publishing, Zukunft Crossmedia - Publishers Zukunft?, Schule für Gestaltung Bern und Biel, Bern, Switzerland, August 28, 2008. presentation
  • Interactive Paper - Introduction and Basic Technology & Interactive Paper - Applications and Future Developments, Y-Toolbox, Workshop about Paper, Y (Institute for Transdisciplinarity), Bern University of Arts, Bern, Switzerland, April 17, 2008. presentation
  • Integrating Paper and Digital Information Spaces - The iServer / iPaper Solution, Research Seminar, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 31, 2008. presentation
  • Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Publishing, Treffpunkt Publishing, Berufsschule für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland, January 29, 2008. presentation
  • Interactive Paper @ ETH Zurich, multi task - Crossmediales Publizieren live, multi digital, Baar, Switzerland, November 29, 2007. presentation
  • Bridging the Paper-Digital Divide: The iPaper Interactive Paper Framework, Research Seminar, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano, May 2007. presentation

  • Recent Presentations
  • HTML5 and the Open Web Platform, Brussels, March 2012. presentation
  • Current and Future Trends in Web Search - Seminar on Web Search, Brussels, September 2011. presentation
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) - Seminar on Web Search, Brussels, September 2011. presentation
  • History of Search and Web Search Engines - Seminar on Web Search, Brussels, Belgium, September 2011. presentation
  • What is Wrong with Digital Documents? A Conceptual Model for Structural Cross-Media Content Composition and Reuse, ER 2010, 29th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Vancouver, Canada, November 2010. presentation
  • Interactive Paper: Past, Present and Future, PaperComp 2010, 1st International Workshop on Paper Computing, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2010. presentation video video video
  • An Architecture for Open Cross-Media Annotation Services, WISE 2009, 10th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, Poznan, Poland, October 2009. presentation
  • Active Components as a Method for Coupling Data and Services - A Database-Driven Application Development Process, ICOODB 2009, 2nd International Conference on Object Databases, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2009. presentation
  • The Remediation of Paper - Creating Affinities between Paper and Cross-Media Information Spaces, DINF Seminar Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, April 2009. presentation
  • PowerPoint Multimedia Presentations in Computer Science Education: What do Users Need?, USAB 2008, 4th Symposium on Usability & HCI for Education and Work, Graz, Austria, November 2008. presentation video
  • A Framework for Developing Pervasive Cross-Media Applications based on Physical Hypermedia and Active Components, ICPCA 2008, 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, Alexandria, Egypt, October 2008. presentation
  • Interactive Paper as a Reading Medium in Digital Libraries, ECDL 2008, 12th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, Aarhus, Denmark, September 2008. presentation
  • Google PageRank, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, August 25, 2008. presentation
  • PAD - Recent Developments and Future Work, GlobIS Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland, July 10, 2008. presentation
  • Collaborating over Paper and Digital Media - Interactive Paper Applications @ ETH Zurich, CSCW Seminar, Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2008. presentation
  • i3 - Recent iServer, iPaper and iGesture Developments, OMS Seminar, Zurich, Switzerland, December 5, 2007. presentation
  • iGesture: A General Gesture Recognition Framework, ICDAR 2007, 9th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, Curitiba, Brazil, September 2007. presentation
  • iPaper@GlobIS - Interactive Paper Research, CSCW Seminar, ETH Zurich, June 2007. presentation
  • Bridging the Paper-Digital Divide, CSCW Seminar, ETH Zurich, March 2007. presentation
  • PaperPoint: A Paper-Based Presentation and Interactive Paper Prototyping Tool, TEI 2007, 1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, February 2007. presentation
  • General Framework for the Rapid Development of Interactive Paper Applications, CoPADD 2006, 1st International Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents, Banff, Canada, November 2006. presentation
  • Print-n-Link: Weaving the Paper Web, DocEng 2006, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering, October 2006. presentation
  • Bridging the Divide Between Paper and Digital: Some Investigations, Stanford HCI Group, Stanford, May 2006.
  • Bridging the Divide Between Paper and Digital: Some Investigations, Ricoh Innovations, Menlo Park, May 2006.
  • Linking Paper and Digital Media, DELOS Demo Day, February 2006. presentation
  • Press Articles

  • Other Activities
  • Participant of the Seminar on Professional Education organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, September 2011, Nieuwpoort, Belgium.
  • Participant of the Inter-Disciplinary Summer School, Information Environments: Analysis and Design, August 2002, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Partner and member of the managing board of Tenera AG.
  • Work placement at Oerlikon Contraves Defence (real-time software engineering for a driving simulator), 1997.
  • Work placement at Teleprint tdc SA (software and hardware installations), 1993.

  • Hobbies
  • Literature, movies, photography, volleyball, snowboarding.
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