Colloquium 2017 : Tsvi Kuflik, February 9th, 1:30 pm

1 February 2017

In the framework of H2020 European Project CrossCult next seminar which will take place at Loria from February 8th to 10th, Tsvi Kuflik (University of Haifa) will give a presentation entitled « Advanced Technology at the fingertips of museum visitors: The Museum as a living lab. The Hecht Museum’s Mobile Museum Visitors’ Guide” on February 9th at 1:30 pm in the Amphitheater.

Tsvi Kuflik is a senior researcher in ubiquitous user modeling applied to cultural heritage and a regular SPC member of the RecSys conference. He collaborates with the Kiwi and Orpailleur teams within the frame of the H2020 CrossCult European Project. The aim of this project is to propose recommendations to the visitors of museums to enhance their experience.

Abstract:

In the framework of the PIL project, which I have directed at the University of Haifa as part of a long lasting set of Israeli-Italian collaboration projects, a “Living Lab” has been developed – a museum visitors’ guide system was developed for the Hecht museum, located at the University of Haifa. The system was available for visitors on a daily basis for over three years and served (and continues to serve) also as a test bed for experimenting with novel technologies in the museum at the same time. The system is being used for research on Social Signal Processing, where we monitor signals transmitted by devices carried by the visitors that are used for modeling group behavior, in order to reason about the state of the group visit. At various points, the system may intervene and offer them various services in a non-intrusive manner, applying interrupt management techniques. Moreover, the use of a variety presentation devices and methods for individuals and groups in active environment is explored, including personal devices, large screens and mobile projectors.

Short c.v.

Prof. Tsvi Kuflik is the former head of the Information Systems Dept. at The University of Haifa. Over the past ten years, the focus of his work was on ubiquitous user modeling applied to cultural heritage. In the course of his work, a “Living Lab” has been developed at the University of Haifa – a museum visitors’ guide system was developed for the Hecht museum. It is available for visitors on a daily basis and serves also as a test bed for experimenting with novel technologies in the museum. Currently, the system is being used for research on Social Signal Processing where signals transmitted by devices carried by the visitors are used for modeling group behavior, in order to reason about the state of the group visit. Another research direction focusses on the use of intelligent user interfaces in ubiquitous computing within the “living lab”. Where issues like interaction with large, situated displays; interrupt management; navigation support; temporal and lifelong aspects of ubiquitous user modeling are studied. Tsvi got BSc. and MSc. In computer science and PhD. In information systems from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Over the years Tsvi collaborated with local and international researchers, supervised graduate students working with him on this research, organized the PATCH workshops series (Personal Access To Cultural Heritage) and published about 200 scientific papers, out of them 30 papers about this specific research. Tsvi is also a distinguished ACM scientist and a senior IEEE member.

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