Digital Media Applications
The Digital Media Applications group (DMA) is focused on developing innovative and practicable solutions enabling organizations and people to take advantage of the fast growing amount of digital content that is available nowadays. Modern societies rely heavily on digital media for fulfilling their vital functions. Digital content plays a key role in creative industries and boosts new forms of human expression based on the convergence of technology and arts.
Research interests span several areas:
The group believes in the open-source model and has at present released the following code:
The Location and Sensor Based Services group is focused on geolocation, mobile technologies, and Internet of things over SOA standards applied to the vertical fields of the “future applications” for Tourism, TV, Home. Relevant examples of our current development include:
Natural Interaction Technologies
Our main research and development themes are the following:
The research activity is focused on the study of data models and patterns for realizing semantics aware applications and services. It covers several semantic aspects, such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Categorization, formalization of specific knowledge domains through ontologies as necessary components of semantic-based systems. Main focus is on semantic relations built to be processed automatically. In particular we study aspects related to the semantic indexing and the automatic categorization of web resources and develop tools and algorithms based on NLP in order to extract the meaning expressed in textual resources, by applying a process including a syntactic and a semantic analysis able to resolve relations and lexical ambiguity inherent in natural languages.
The research activity is focused on the study and testing of innovative methodologies aimed at developing personalized solutions which, through the analysis of the user behavior, are able to understand his interests and preferences in different areas of use, and are able to simplify the human machine interacion. The profiling systems, implementing the storing, the selection and the analysis of personal data, and working with recommendation methodologies based on collaborative filtering algorithms, allow the machine to know the person whom is interacting with and to establish a network of links between users which provides accesses to information more efficient.
Human Computer Interaction
Our research in this field is aimed at designing and evaluating novel interaction techniques suitable for working and playing in technology enhanced places. Beginning with graphical user interfaces, up to the latest gesture based and multitouch interfaces, the computer is evolving to encompass more and more natural abilities in the interaction. Manipulative interfaces help users to solve complex problems, foster efficiency, are easier to learn and to remember, since they are based on natural experience. Our goal is to let the computer sense and understand gestures and natural behaviors, thus making it able (or closer) to catch the richness of human expression.
He came to Sardinia in 1991 as the first employee of CRS4, helping the founding CEO to set-up the Centre from scratch. In 1993 he co-launched «L’Unione Sarda On-Line» project, one of the first on-line newspapers available on Internet/WWW, that originated the Video On Line Internet Service Provider and, with the later advent of Tiscali, de-facto started a process of transformation of Sardinia in one of the Internet key players.
In 2006 he launched the «DistrICT», a multi-lab facility to develop advanced prototypes of possible «future» applications of state-of-the-art technologies, aiming at catalyzing innovation in current companies of Sardinia, attracting and stimulating collaborations with outside companies, faciliting the birth of spin-off and start-up companies in the ICT-Information Society. Some of the topics of this multi-lab are: Natural Interaction Technologies, Open Media-Center, Digital Media Applications, Collaborative production of multi-platform TV programs and new TV formats for digital contents, Location and Sensor Based Services, GeoWeb and Mobile Applications.