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How to provide ubiquitous infosystems?
 Ubiquitous Computing
 Ubiquitous Media
 Hybrary - Hybrid Library
Museum Technology
 Pervasive Gaming
 Color Quantization
 Image Compression
 Quality of Service
 Intelligent Internet Services
 Seamless Media Adaptation

 Supervised Theses
Museums have been always at the forefront of technology usage to present exhibitions in the best way to encourage exploration of knowledge and to optimize the pleasure of the visit. Multimedia Technology offers new possibilities for enhancing the possibilities of conventional museums and virtual museums in the cyberspace. At the ISNM we developed projects for bridging the gap between the real and virtual spaces by using advanced technologies. The main interest areas are methods and mechanisms for improving the museum infrastructure for both the visitor and the curator. This includes preparation of exhibitions and visits, on-tour guidance with virtual agents and kiosk systems as well as an after-processing of the visit by automatic documentation generation, etc.


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 Eutin MagicTable
How to design invisible interfaces?
The Magic Table is an interactive information system developed for the Castle Museum of Eutin. The medieval castle of the bishops of Lübeck was residence of the dukes of Oldenburg. After twenty years of renovation it is now a public museum. The baroque castle church with the precious organ of Arp Schnittger is a highlight of north german architecture. The artistic concept of the system presentation supports the visitor with unusual perspectives on architectures, history and inhabitants of the castle. The system architecture was developed by a student team of the ISNM in summer 2005 and installed in the museum in 2006. By using RFID reader below the table, a tangible interface is realized without the need for mouse and keyboard. Two projectors are used to beam the interactive surface onto the table and the information surface to the wall. A transparent puck containing an RFID label is used for selecting certain aspects of the information by moving on the table surface. The presentation and interaction surface is based on Flash and supports any type of media. Professional soundtrack has been composed and videos of aspects of the museum exhibitions have been provided by the cooperation partner. An XML-based content management system allows for updating the system with new content.

This project was sponsored by the   Eutin Castle Foundation and produced in cooperation with Art.Too in Malente, Germany.
Mensch & Computer 2005 Mensch & Computer 2005 Details about the Eutin Magic table can be found in:
Andreas Schrader, Abdul Ahad, Darren Carlson, Brian Egan, Jörg Kaminski and Juliane Moser
Das begreifbare Museum - Ein interaktives Informationssystem
Demonstration at the   Mensch & Computer 2005 Conference of the GI and the German Chapter of the ACM Linz, Austria, September 4-7, 2005. In: C. Stary (Ed.): Mensch & Computer 2005: Kunst und Wissenschaft – Grenzüberschreitungen der interaktiven ART. Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich, Germany, 2005, pp. 261-265.
Download paper.

See also several newspaper articles at media coverage section.

Uni im Dialog 2006 Uni im Dialog 2006

 Luebeck Museum
How to visit all museums of Luebeck in 5 minutes?
A smaller version of this Eutin Magic Table has been created for the   Cultural Foundation of Lübeck as a showcase for the Luebeck museums in an exhibition during the event "Uni im Dialog" (University in Dialog) in the St. Petri Church of Luebeck, on June 1st, 2006.

The flash based demo starts with a flight from outer space to the Luebeck old town using Google Earth(R) and provides visitors with short information about an institution when the RFID puck is moved over the respective icon.
Uni im Dialog 2006 Thanks to Luis Bustamante and Michal Janiszewski, who quickly found out, that table-top beaming is a nice idea, as long as you don't have to hang the beamer on a church ceiling of 25m height.
But thanks to the curator, climbing the ceiling, we finally managed.

For a short impression of the demo start this  Flash Animation.
(Please note that the demo will only show parts without the RFID interface).


Holstentour Holstentour Holstentour


How to use your mobile phone in the museum?
Museums and exhibitions, which form an integral part of the cultural heart of society, are seeing increasing demands for contextualised exhibition services at every stage of the museum experience i.e. before, during and after a museum visit. Contextualisation aims to elicit a more engaging experience in order to enrich visitors’ learning and enjoyment. Moreover, services, such as exploring, remembering, explaining, communicating, are needed to support museums’ essential functions, particularly, interpretation and exhibition. In this research, performed as a Master Thesis at the ISNM (Bashar Al Takrouri), a novel infrastructure, called Medient Infrastructure is based on Web Services, Service Oriented Architecture and an Event-driven approach. As a prototype, the "Holstentour" project was realized as a class project of "Ubiquitous Computing" in 2007. No special installation is required, hence, visitors can use their personal mobile devices easily and effectively. Furthermore, museums are free to design their own mobile and stationary context-aware applications. Basic, advanced and environmental context information is gathered to support a ubiquitous museum information environment to support multimedia content delivery on Bluetooth-enabled and AJAX supported mobile devices. The system can also be used in other environments, e.g. university campus, hospitals, etc.

This project was sponsored by the ULR - Unabhängige Landesanstalt für Rundfunk und Neue Medien (now  www.ma-sh.de), the regional office for radio broadcasting and new media of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. and produced in cooperation with the   Cultural Foundation of Lübeck, Germany.

More information about Medient and the HolstenTour project can be found in:
Learntec 2008 Bashar Al Takrouri, Andreas Schrader
Ambient Media Services in Intelligent Environments
5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE09)
July 20-21, 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
Learntec 2008 The Holstentour project and the Medient infrastructure was presented at the Learntec Conference 2008 in Karlsruhe   Learntec 2008, January 30th, 2008.
LN 2008 See also   press report in   Luebecker Nachrichten from March, 5th, 2008.
© 2003 Andreas Schrader & Martin Heike