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eGovernAbiity-AccessSupport: Model based framework for building accessible e-administration sevices

Public administrations are rapidly advancing towards the provision of basic and extended services for the citizen through the Web (EU eGovernment Report 2014). In addition to the decrement of costs, this effort will support all people’s civil right to have access to all public services (including people with disabilities and elderly ...  [+]

Reference:TIN2014-52665-C2-2-R
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Public administrations are rapidly advancing towards the provision of basic and extended services for the citizen through the Web (EU eGovernment Report 2014). In addition to the decrement of costs, this effort will support all people’s civil right to have access to all public services (including people with disabilities and elderly people). For this reason the EU started diverse initiatives to “Meeting new societal needs by using emerging technologies in the public sector” in order to “foster efficient, open citizen-centric public services”. Efforts have been made for enhancing the usability and accessibility of public administrations’ websites but several studies revealed that this is not sufficient to support acceptable eGovernment applications. Other factors such as content/information quality and security are also required. Our overall objective is to produce a model-based software architecture for methodologically developing personalized inclusive public eServices that allow any user to interact with them in a satisfactory way, no matter the device used. This requires integrating appropriate user profiling and adaptation techniques into the model to tailor eServices to users’ characteristics, available technology, and service’s functionality. Hence, this project has a multidisciplinary nature and will be addressed through collaboration between researchers and experts in information technology and professionals of the eGovernment, combining diverse scientific backgrounds: • Modelling eGovernment services • Data mining to search for user patterns to feed user models • Human-computer interaction for user tailored interfaces, including universal accessibility and multidevice access • Natural language processing for accessible user interfaces • Model based software architectures for the methodological development of eGovernment applications. It is structured into two subprojects: Subproject 1, leaded by the EHU, will exploit real user interaction data from the eServices provided by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa (PCG) to extract common usage patterns, anomalous usage of services, and accessibility barriers. Models of eServices will be built with the inclusion in the workgroup of experts on eGovernment (from the Quality Institute Netherlander Municipalities, the Service for Modernization of the PCG, and IZFE, a developer of applications for eAdministration). Starting from these models, user adaptive Web access will be provided by means of presentation, content and navigation adaptations. Subproject 2, leaded by UC3M, will create a software architecture for model-based development of eGovernment applications that includes support for accessibility and multidevice use (assisted by experts from the University of Lisbon). The definition of a model-based software architecture will be done in collaboration with the LoUISE research team from UCLM, which is currently developing a framework that can be extended to fit our needs. The results of the complete project will include models of: users of eGovernment applications; e-Services; and web adaptations required to ensure universal and multidevice accessibility. All of them will be integrated by the model-based architecture that will allow the creation of tools to develop fully accessible high quality eGovernment applications. In this way the project will contribute to increase citizens’ participation, to produce savings for governments and businesses, and to reduce administrative burden.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Belén Ruiz-Mezcua, Isabel Segura Bedmar, Israel González Carrasco, Jose Luis Lopez Cuadrado, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Lourdes Moreno López, Paloma Martínez Fernández, Victor Suarez Paniagua,
Start year:2015
End year:2017
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TRENDMINER: Large-scale Cross-lingual Trend Mining of Real-time media streams

The recent massive growth in online media and the rise of user-authored content (e.g weblogs, Twitter, Facebook) has lead to challenges of how to access and interpret these strongly multilingual data, in a timely, efficient, and affordable manner. Scientifically, streaming online media pose new challenges, due to their shorter, ...  [+]

Reference:FP7-ICT 287863
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The recent massive growth in online media and the rise of user-authored content (e.g weblogs, Twitter, Facebook) has lead to challenges of how to access and interpret these strongly multilingual data, in a timely, efficient, and affordable manner. Scientifically, streaming online media pose new challenges, due to their shorter, noisier, and more colloquial nature. Moreover, they form a temporal stream strongly grounded in events and context. Consequently, existing language technologies fall short onaccuracy, scalability and portability. The goal of this project is to deliver. innovative, portable open-source real-time methods for cross-lingual mining and summarisation of large-scale stream media. TrendMiner will achieve this through an inter-disciplinary approach, combining deep linguistic methods from text processing, knowledge-based reasoning from web science, machine learning, economics, and political science. No expensive human annotated data will be required due to our use of time-series data (e.g. financial markets, political polls) as a proxy. A key novelty will be weakly supervised machine learning algorithms for automatic discovery of new trends and correlations. Scalability and affordability will be addressed through a cloud-based infrastructure for real-time text mining from stream media. Results will be validated in two high-profile case studies: financial decision support (with analysts, traders, regulators, and economists) and political analysis and monitoring (with politicians, economists, and political journalists). The techniques will be generic with many business applications: business intelligence, customer relations management, community support. The project will also benefit society and ordinary citizens by enabling enhanced access to government data archives, summarisation of online health information, and tracking of hot societal issues.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Isabel Segura Bedmar, Julián Moreno Schneider, Lourdes Moreno López, María González García, María Herrero Zazo, Paloma Martínez Fernández, Ricardo Revert Arenaz,
Start year:2013
End year:2014
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CADOOH: Context-Aware Digital Out Of Home

CADOOH is a proposal to offer a new paradigm for access to information through new methods of interactivity, communication-based Machine-to-Machine-M2M. This will allows communication between mobile and static displays, intelligent and interactive, offering the possibility to carry out a direct interaction with the system or through ...  [+]

Reference:TSI-020302-2011-21
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CADOOH is a proposal to offer a new paradigm for access to information through new methods of interactivity, communication-based Machine-to-Machine-M2M. This will allows communication between mobile and static displays, intelligent and interactive, offering the possibility to carry out a direct interaction with the system or through the user's mobile device, providing access to information to anyone, at any anytime, anywhere and from virtually any device. This provides a clear opportunity for innovation in the field of information services through a network of multimedia information nodes providing interactive and fully accessible, and personalized

Main researcher:Francisco Javier Calle Gómez
Other researchers:Alejandro Baldominos Gómez, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Esperanza Albacete García, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Garazi Olaziregi, Leonardo Castaño,
Start year:2011
End year:2013
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MA2VICMR:Improving the access, analysis and visibility of the multilingual and multimedia information in web for the Region of Madrid

MAVIR is a research network co-funded by the Regional Government of Madrid and the European Social Fund under MA2VICMR (2010-2013) and MAVIR (2006-2009) programs. The core of the consortium consists seven research groups from universities and organisations from the Region of Madrid, namely: namely: •Laboratorio de Cibermetría ...  [+]

Reference:S2009/TIC-1542
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MAVIR is a research network co-funded by the Regional Government of Madrid and the European Social Fund under MA2VICMR (2010-2013) and MAVIR (2006-2009) programs. The core of the consortium consists seven research groups from universities and organisations from the Region of Madrid, namely: namely: •Laboratorio de Cibermetría (CybermetricsLab-CSIC) •Human Language Technologies & Information Retrieval (HLT&IR-UAM) •Laboratorio de Bases de Datos Avanzadas (LABDA-UC3M) •Grupo de Sistemas Inteligentes (GSI-UEM) •Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval Group (NLP&IR-UNED) •Tecnologías de Audio, Habla y Lenguaje Natural en Sistemas Inteligentes (THALES-UPM) •Grupo de Algorítmica aplicada a la Visión Artificial y la Biometría (GAVAB-URJC)

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:María González García, María Herrero Zazo, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2010
End year:2013
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MULTIMEDICA: Multilingual Information Extraction in Health domain and application to scientific and informative documents

The aim of this project is to define and develop information extraction and retrieval techniques based on texts from the medical domain. This will be carried out following two basic tasks: firstly, processing scientific documents in English about pharmacology, and secondly, processing informative texts about health topics in other ...  [+]

Reference:TIN2010-20644-C03-01
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The aim of this project is to define and develop information extraction and retrieval techniques based on texts from the medical domain. This will be carried out following two basic tasks: firstly, processing scientific documents in English about pharmacology, and secondly, processing informative texts about health topics in other languages such as Spanish and Arabic. These information extraction techniques include domain entities recognition, pattern recognition, machine learning for extracting semantic relations, and the integration of lexical resources which are specific within the public health system (UMLS, SNOMED and so on) in order to improve applications. On the other hand, the information extracted from the processing task must be used to enrich the information retrieval tools. Thus, three prototypes of searching information will be created in order to show the feasibility of the proposed techniques. The first of them is an application oriented to pharmacists to extract knowledge about drug-drug interactions from scientific publications. The second prototype will be a tool focused on general public or patients to search information about illnesses and medicines. The third one will use the terminology extracted from the Spanish-Arabic parallel corpus to aid terminology teaching in the biomedical domain.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Daniel Sánchez Cisneros, Elena Castro Galán, Isabel Segura Bedmar, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Julián Moreno Schneider, Lourdes Moreno López, María Herrero Zazo, María Teresa Vicente-Díez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2011
End year:2013
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BUSCAMEDIA:Towards a semantic adaptation of multinetwork and multidevice digital media

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Reference:CEN-20091026
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Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, César De Pablo Sánchez, Daniel Sánchez Cisneros, David del Valle Agudo, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Harith Al-Jumaily, Isabel Segura Bedmar, Jesica Rivero Espinosa, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Lourdes Moreno López, María González García, María Herrero Zazo, María Teresa Vicente-Díez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2009
End year:2012
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GEMMA: Multiplatform manager for Audiovisual Advertisement Media

The main aim of GEMMA Project (acronym of the Spanish translation of "Multiplatform manager for Audiovisual Advertisement Media") is to propose a new model for managing audiovisual advertisement contents over platforms of different nature. These audiovisual contents will be distributed lately to multiplatform devices. Furthermore, ...  [+]

Reference:Proyecto AVANZA - TSI-020302-2010-14
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The main aim of GEMMA Project (acronym of the Spanish translation of "Multiplatform manager for Audiovisual Advertisement Media") is to propose a new model for managing audiovisual advertisement contents over platforms of different nature. These audiovisual contents will be distributed lately to multiplatform devices. Furthermore, accessibility issues will be taking into account from the very beginning of the system (from the design of the audiovisual contents to their publication).

Main researcher:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Belén Ruiz-Mezcua, Francisco Utray, Lourdes Moreno López, Mercedes de Castro Álvarez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2010
End year:2011
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SAGAS. Advanced System of Automatic Generation of Subtitles

The main goal of the project is the design and development of a system, which implements a process of automatic generation of subtitles for prerecorded video or audio accompanied by an accurate transcription (screenplay). In this project wants develop a prototype. It will be a tool that will offer support for subtitling of audiovisual ...  [+]

Reference:Proyecto Avanza - TSI-020100-2010-184
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The main goal of the project is the design and development of a system, which implements a process of automatic generation of subtitles for prerecorded video or audio accompanied by an accurate transcription (screenplay). In this project wants develop a prototype. It will be a tool that will offer support for subtitling of audiovisual content in recorded (movies, documentaries, series, etc…) for different media way such as television, Internet and mobile devices. In this context, the process is called recorded subtitling (off-line or canned) because is not processed in real time; it is treated previously without anytime limits. This automatic support provide a synchronization process of the screenplay with audio by adding time stamps, analyze of errors resulted in the process, and the text subtitles segmentation conform to current standards.

Main researcher:Lourdes Moreno López
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Belén Ruiz-Mezcua, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Lourdes Moreno López, María González García, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2010
End year:2011
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SemAnts project’s main goal is to promote general access to the information society, thus improving the well-being and everyday life of both citizens and tourists. In order to do this, it is aimed to demonstrate the potential of different technologies to create more sophisticated systems which will have a real impact on the needs ...  [+]

Reference:TSI-020110-2009-419
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SemAnts project’s main goal is to promote general access to the information society, thus improving the well-being and everyday life of both citizens and tourists. In order to do this, it is aimed to demonstrate the potential of different technologies to create more sophisticated systems which will have a real impact on the needs of people. The aspect of Information Society focused from SemAnts is the digital content, understood as elements or assemblies of media (video, image, text). These elements may represent information or may also be part of services provided to users. To achieve the intended goal, all activities related to the lifecycle of digital media through its creation, packing and distribution will be carefully analysed. Then, it will be developed a novel system of digital content management following as main guidelines semantic organization, customization, usability and accessibility. Finally, it will be endowed with a Natural Interaction layer for easing its use to not technologically trained users.
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Main researcher:Francisco Javier Calle Gómez
Other researchers:David del Valle Agudo, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Esperanza Albacete García, Garazi Olaziregi, Jesica Rivero Espinosa, Leonardo Castaño, Pablo José Izquierdo Escudero,
Start year:2009
End year:2011
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Thuban: Natural Interaction Platform for Virtual Attending in Real Environments

The “Thuban” project is focused to develop a virtual attendant which interacts with the user and takes into account his position in the environment. This feature provides access to services such as: services relative to the position and trajectory (for example, notice), oriented services to manage these parameters (for example, ...  [+]

Reference:TIN2007-66660
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The “Thuban” project is focused to develop a virtual attendant which interacts with the user and takes into account his position in the environment. This feature provides access to services such as: services relative to the position and trajectory (for example, notice), oriented services to manage these parameters (for example, tracking and guiding to fixed and moving objects) or the description of the situation and/or trajectory and in general, every available service in the system. The Spatio-Temporal database will be the technology used to handle the user tracking and guiding. This kind of database should be able to generate and manage spatio-temporal events. On the other hand, the system interaction must be oriented to imitate the human interaction (Natural Interaction) providing support to any sort of user. The Spatio-Temporal database and Interaction System integration are the fundamental basis for achieving the interaction platform. Therefore, Virtual Attendants development is feasible for different environments and applications, which will strengthen the Information Societies for all.

Main researcher:Dolores Cuadra Fernández
Other researchers:David del Valle Agudo, David Rodríguez Álvarez, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Harith Al-Jumaily, Isabel Segura Bedmar, Jack Mario Mingo Postiglioni, Jesica Rivero Espinosa, Juan Ignacio Perea Moraleda, Manuel Velasco de Diego,
Start year:2008
End year:2011
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Adapting APEINTA to eReader devices and IP conexions

Adaptation of APEINTA project so students can use eReader devices (specifically iPads) into the classroom for real-time captioning. Moreover, a feasibility study of new ways of communications based on VoIP between the teacher and APEINTA will be carried out. ...  [+]

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Adaptation of APEINTA project so students can use eReader devices (specifically iPads) into the classroom for real-time captioning. Moreover, a feasibility study of new ways of communications based on VoIP between the teacher and APEINTA will be carried out.

Main researcher:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda
Other researchers:Alberto Moriano, Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Javier Jiménez, Jose Luis Pajares, Lourdes Moreno López, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2010
End year:2010
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BRAVO: Multimodal and Multilingual Advanced Answers Search

BRAVO is devoted to research on technologies to improve the answers search in both text and voice, and the main result is a platform for a modular answers search system which allows to measure the improvement of different techniques for questions classification, answer extraction, passages retrieval, etc. SPINDEL is one of the techniques ...  [+]

Reference:TIN2007-67407-C03-01
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BRAVO is devoted to research on technologies to improve the answers search in both text and voice, and the main result is a platform for a modular answers search system which allows to measure the improvement of different techniques for questions classification, answer extraction, passages retrieval, etc. SPINDEL is one of the techniques developed in this project, an entity recognizer which, regardless of language, applies machine learning based on bootstrapping. In the framework of BRAVO project, one of the current research areas is related to the location of drug names and interactions between them in the medical literature using UMLS, dictionaries and USAN rules of naming drugs. As a result, it is available automatically annotated corpus using the DrugNer system (developed by the Advances Databases Group) with generic drug names and other biomedical concepts and manually evaluated by a pharmacological expert. The system combines information obtained by the UMLS MetaMap Transfer (MMTx) program and nomenclature rules recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) Program to identify and classify pharmaceutical substances

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Belén Ruiz-Mezcua, César De Pablo Sánchez, Elena Castro Galán, Isabel Segura Bedmar, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Julián Moreno Schneider, Lourdes Moreno López, María Teresa Vicente-Díez, Mario Crespo,
Start year:2007
End year:2010
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The project is carried out by a broad Consortium, integrating development enterprises as iSOCO, research centers such as the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), and user entities as is the Bankinter Foundation. It aims to develop a new digital platform providing access to information and services through secure and accessible ...  [+]

Reference:TSI-020501-2008-54
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The project is carried out by a broad Consortium, integrating development enterprises as iSOCO, research centers such as the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), and user entities as is the Bankinter Foundation. It aims to develop a new digital platform providing access to information and services through secure and accessible interaction. It will gather multiple channels of communication, such as web access, instant messaging and intelligent speech processing, that is, able of communicating by means of natural language dialogues.

Main researcher:Dolores Cuadra Fernández
Other researchers:David del Valle Agudo, Elena Castro Galán, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Jesica Rivero Espinosa,
Start year:2008
End year:2010
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DISUIPA: Development of a customizable platform for public Internet access for people with disabilities

The main objective of the project is developing a universal platform for Internet access via wireless public access networks, through which you can easily manage and monitor the provision of such services, with compliance with all universal accessibility standards, allowing access from any user terminal (personal computers, PDAs, ...  [+]

Reference:TSI-020302-2008-55
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The main objective of the project is developing a universal platform for Internet access via wireless public access networks, through which you can easily manage and monitor the provision of such services, with compliance with all universal accessibility standards, allowing access from any user terminal (personal computers, PDAs, smart phones, etc..) being used by any person, irrespective of any disabilities or impairments that may possess, across the adequate terminals.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Lourdes Moreno López, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2008
End year:2010
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APEINTA: Aiming for Inclusive Learning. Using new technologies IN and OUT of the classroom

APEINTA is an educational project that aims for inclusive education for every student of all abilities in and out of the classroom. We propose to use new computer science and electronic technologies in order to avoid learning barriers that we can unfortunately find already in the educational environment. The APEINTA project is focused ...  [+]

Reference:EA2008-0312
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APEINTA is an educational project that aims for inclusive education for every student of all abilities in and out of the classroom. We propose to use new computer science and electronic technologies in order to avoid learning barriers that we can unfortunately find already in the educational environment. The APEINTA project is focused in two main inclusive proposals: One Inside the classroom and the other one Outside the classroom. 1.The Inside the classroom proposal is to use two mechanisms in order to eliminate students’ communication barriers. First, the use of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) provides automatic real-time transcription. And second, a text to speech system (TTS) makes easier the communication with the teacher and other students for people with speech problems. 2.The Outside the classroom proposal provides an accessible Web learning platform with digital resources, so every student can access them in and out of the classroom. The project and its evaluation have being carried out at the Carlos III University of Madrid, in 3rd course of Computer Science degree. Good results and a high satisfaction level have been obtained. Moreover, new research and work lines have born from this project. Computer Science Department and Telecommunication department at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and the Spanish Center of Captioning and Audiodescription (CESyA) are collaborating in the APEINTA Project. This project received in 2009 the FIAPAS (Spanish Confederation of Parents and Friends of Deaf People) award for research and innovation in education area related to hearing disability.

Main researcher:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Belén Ruiz-Mezcua, Javier Jiménez, Lourdes Moreno López, Pablo Revuelta, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2008
End year:2009
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Improving the access and visibility of the multilingual information in the Region of Madrid

MAVIR Consortium is a research network co-funded by the Regional Government of Madrid under the IV Plan Regional de Investigación Científica e Innovación Tecnológica (IV PRICIT) integrating a multi-disciplinar team made of scientists, engineers, linguists and documentalists working together on two main areas:Human Language Technologies ...  [+]

Reference:S-505/TIC/0267
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MAVIR Consortium is a research network co-funded by the Regional Government of Madrid under the IV Plan Regional de Investigación Científica e Innovación Tecnológica (IV PRICIT) integrating a multi-disciplinar team made of scientists, engineers, linguists and documentalists working together on two main areas:Human Language Technologies and Scientific Communication via WWW. The thematic network suggested includes 25 doctors organised in 6 research groups (UNED, UAM, UC3M, UEM, UPM and CINDOC) of the CM that from a multi-discipline perspective complement in various dimensions: academic vs. professional, research vs. services, resources’ generation vs. applications. Furthermore, there are 6 other national and international groups of research associated to the project as well as, among others, the following contributor organizations: RAE, Instituto Cervantes, Fuenlabrada Hospital, EFE Agency and DAEDALUS.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, César De Pablo Sánchez, Daniel Sánchez Cisneros, David del Valle Agudo, Doaa Samy, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Harith Al-Jumaily, Isabel Segura Bedmar, Jesica Rivero Espinosa, Lourdes Moreno López, María Herrero Zazo, María Teresa Vicente-Díez, Mario Crespo, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2006
End year:2009
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GPS: Software Process Management Platform: modeling, reuse and measurement

The main project purpose is the design and development of a set of software tools to support Software Engineering Best Practices, defined by international standardization organizations such as ISO, SEI and PMI. These tools will allow the definition of software processes and will assist in the software project management based on ...  [+]

Reference:TIN2004-07083
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The main project purpose is the design and development of a set of software tools to support Software Engineering Best Practices, defined by international standardization organizations such as ISO, SEI and PMI. These tools will allow the definition of software processes and will assist in the software project management based on Best Practices Models. In order to get the project effectively, it is necessary to develop formal specifications language to represent processes and also an advanced system to store, classify and retrieve assets and artifacts, as work products, project planning, requirement documents, metrics, risks, etc.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, César De Pablo Sánchez, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Harith Al-Jumaily, Lourdes Moreno López, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2004
End year:2008
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ISSE : Semantic-based Interoperability for e-Health

The aim is to research in technology based on automatic language processing for information location and retrieval from medical texts and other resources (reports, electronic medical records, scientific documentation, etc..) specially in Spanish language. Thus, we worked in browsers with different levels of complexity that integrate ...  [+]

Reference:FIT-350300-2007-75
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The aim is to research in technology based on automatic language processing for information location and retrieval from medical texts and other resources (reports, electronic medical records, scientific documentation, etc..) specially in Spanish language. Thus, we worked in browsers with different levels of complexity that integrate medical domain-specific resources and terminology (UMLS, SNOMED, etc.) and with different treatment of syntactic and semantic levels.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, César De Pablo Sánchez, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Harith Al-Jumaily, Isabel Segura Bedmar, José Luis Martínez Fernández, María Teresa Vicente-Díez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2007
End year:2008
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SOPAT: Servicio de Orientación Personalizada y Accesible para Turismo.

This project is related to the strategic action line of ‘Tourism related technologies’ with the aim of improving the existing signaling systems for tourists (of any language) and develop accessible systems in tourist accommodation to help overcome some disabilities (motor, audible, and visual). The consortium created for this ...  [+]

Reference:CIT-410000-2007-12
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This project is related to the strategic action line of ‘Tourism related technologies’ with the aim of improving the existing signaling systems for tourists (of any language) and develop accessible systems in tourist accommodation to help overcome some disabilities (motor, audible, and visual). The consortium created for this project joins together experienced companies in the IT (TMT Factory, Signaletics) and academic research groups (La Salle, UPM, UC3M). SOPAT aims to characterize, develop and validate a new universal signaling system based on the complementary use of: (1) radio-electrical positioning signals emitted by the user (willingly or automatically by some device); and (2) keep natural interactions with the user in order to provide customized services and information. At the technological level, two configurations are raised based on respective communication channels, such as (a) a portable device (PDA), and (b) a fixed-position interface (SmartPoint). The applied positioning technology is the identification by radio frequency (RFID and ZigBee). The interaction subsystem counts on advanced UI elements (recognition and synthesis of speech, and natural language processing) and Natural Interaction models. Our group is involved in this project to provide Natural Interaction mechanisms, supported by a multi-agent platform (Ecosystem) and knowledge models cooperating on it. Among others, in this project can be highlighted the Situation Model (aimed to the management of the circumstances, and supported by spatio-temporal DB) and the Dialogue Model (for controlling and endow coherence to interaction; based on the Threads Model).

Main researcher:Francisco Javier Calle Gómez
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, David del Valle Agudo, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Jesica Rivero Espinosa, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2007
End year:2008
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IntegraTV-4ALL: an interactive television for all

IntegraTV-4all is an effort towards a new television for all and to promote the access of people with disabilities to the new technologies, with a development adapted and oriented to their possibilities and necessities, which includes both graphical and natural-language interfaces. The consortium is formed by industrial and academic ...  [+]

Reference:FIT-350301-2004-2
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IntegraTV-4all is an effort towards a new television for all and to promote the access of people with disabilities to the new technologies, with a development adapted and oriented to their possibilities and necessities, which includes both graphical and natural-language interfaces. The consortium is formed by industrial and academic partners(TMT Factory, Ramón Llull University, Technical University of Madrid and Carlos III University). IntegraTV-4all wants to extend interactive television in new directions through the development and integration into the IntegraTV of a new module that contributes to facilitate the personal autonomy and the social integration of groups such as, primarily, people with some sensorial impairment (blindness, visual deficiencies, deafness, impaired hearing ability, limitations of speech). Potentially, nevertheless, the results of the project are also useful for people with some physical or psychic impairment as well as for the elderly. Initially in the project, a basic service of interactive television was implemented, which lets users navigate through the menus using their voice. This service is in operation as a prototype so that users are able to take advantage of all the services of IntegraTV-4all and to navigate through the system without the need of visual references, given that all the options on the screen and all the texts are presented by voice. In a later phase, adapted content (created for users with disabilities) and conversational capabilities (within a limited domain) are added to the system.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, David del Valle Agudo, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2005
End year:2006
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A Tutorial Dialogue System that Supports Negotiation in a Design Context

In order to encourage productive patterns of collaborative discourse, language technologies are used to develop an infrastructure for scaffolding the interactions between students in computer supported collaborative learning environments, to help coordinate their communication, and to encourage deep thinking and reflection. Tutorial ...  [+]

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In order to encourage productive patterns of collaborative discourse, language technologies are used to develop an infrastructure for scaffolding the interactions between students in computer supported collaborative learning environments, to help coordinate their communication, and to encourage deep thinking and reflection. Tutorial dialogue agents for supporting learning of individuals working alone in thermodynamic domain.

Main researcher:Carolyn P. Rosé
Other researchers:Allen Robinson, Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Carolyn P. Rosé, Rohit Kumar, Vincent Aleven,
Start year:2005
End year:2005
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MIRACLE: Multilingual Information Retrieval System and its evaluation by CLEF european initiative

The main purpose of MIRACLE project has been to develop an Information Retrieval system that integrates several techniques and available resources (proceeding from the statistical field as well as from the linguistic technology area) in order to enhance the quality of retrieval in the scope of multilingual information retrieval. ...  [+]

Reference:07T/0055/2003 2
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The main purpose of MIRACLE project has been to develop an Information Retrieval system that integrates several techniques and available resources (proceeding from the statistical field as well as from the linguistic technology area) in order to enhance the quality of retrieval in the scope of multilingual information retrieval. This system has been carried out togheter with the Technical University of Madrid and has been succesfuly validated in the CLEF forum (Cross Language Evaluation Forum) in 2003 and 2004 editions. Particularly, MIRACLE systems has taken part in multilingual, bilingual and monolingual tasks as well as in Image retrieval. Moreover, in 2004 edition we have also taken part in question answering task.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:César De Pablo Sánchez, José Luis Martínez Fernández, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2003
End year:2004
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OmniPaper: Smart Access to European Newspapers

The aim of the OmniPaper project is to offer a personalized and standarized interface to the articles of European newspapers. In order to improve this access, the browsing through a multilingual taxonomy of subjects is combined with full-text searching and other techniques which involve metadata handling. ...  [+]

Reference:Subcontratación en proyecto IST-2001-32174
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The aim of the OmniPaper project is to offer a personalized and standarized interface to the articles of European newspapers. In order to improve this access, the browsing through a multilingual taxonomy of subjects is combined with full-text searching and other techniques which involve metadata handling.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Start year:2002
End year:2004
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VIP-Advisor: Virtual, Independent Advisor for Personal Insurance and Finance Risk Management

The objective is to develop a virtual personal insurance and finance assistant with new means of interaction. This personal assistant will be specialized in risk management counselling for small and medium enterprises. The virtual advisor shows up and behaves almost like a "real" serious insurance consultant. The virtual assistant ...  [+]

Reference:Subcontratacion en proyecto IST-2001-32440
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The objective is to develop a virtual personal insurance and finance assistant with new means of interaction. This personal assistant will be specialized in risk management counselling for small and medium enterprises. The virtual advisor shows up and behaves almost like a "real" serious insurance consultant. The virtual assistant is reactive and easy to use through the use of natural language processing and speech recognition technologies.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2002
End year:2003
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ADVICE: Virtual Sales Assistant for the Complete Customer Service Process in Digital Markets

The ADVICE project consists on the development of a new interface for a craftsmanship tools e-commerce system. With the aim of providing full support to customers of online shops and to the users of electronic services on the Internet during the complete customer service lifecycle. The ADVICE system provides: An advanced multimedia ...  [+]

Reference:Subcontratacion en proyecto IST-1999-11305
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The ADVICE project consists on the development of a new interface for a craftsmanship tools e-commerce system. With the aim of providing full support to customers of online shops and to the users of electronic services on the Internet during the complete customer service lifecycle. The ADVICE system provides: An advanced multimedia user interface supporting natural language text input and output, as well as an animated assistant, that ensures a high level of user-system interaction. A software environment for building intelligent sales assistants for two types of selling and marketing services: sales-service and after sales service. The virtual assistant supported by this application will be capable of interacting with the user in natural language, adapt its recommendations to the requirements and characteristics of the customers and provide explanations of the advised products as well as of the different interesting alternatives.

Main researcher:Paloma Martínez Fernández
Other researchers:Francisco Javier Calle Gómez, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:2001
End year:2002
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PANDORA: CASE Platform for DB development and learning via Internet

Database Design discipline involves so different aspects as conceptual and logical modelling knowledge or domain understanding. That implies a great effort to carry out the real world abstraction task and represent it through a data model. CASE tools emerge in order to automating the database development process. These platforms ...  [+]

Reference:TIC99-0215
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Database Design discipline involves so different aspects as conceptual and logical modelling knowledge or domain understanding. That implies a great effort to carry out the real world abstraction task and represent it through a data model. CASE tools emerge in order to automating the database development process. These platforms try to help to the database designer in different database design phases. Nevertheless, this tools are frequently mere diagrammers and do not carry completely out the design methodology that they are supposed to support; furthermore, they do not offer intelligent methodological advice to novice designers. A software tool has been developed which tries to mitigate some of the deficiencies observed in several CASE tools, defining methods and techniques for database development which are useful for students and practitioners

Main researcher:Antonio de Amescua
Other researchers:Ana M. Iglesias Maqueda, Antonio de Amescua, Dolores Cuadra Fernández, Elena Castro Galán, Paloma Martínez Fernández,
Start year:1999
End year:2001
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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid