Thursday, May 31, 2007

Forum des 100

I am attending today one very important (and exclusive) symposium in Switzerland about Sustainable Development organized by the magazine "l'Hebdo".

Among the speakers, Micheline Calmy-Rey, the president of the Swiss Confederation.

I am interested in this subject because I am sensible to the reduction of car traffic.

My personal contribution is to optimize the mobile workflow by location-awareness. To better explain this concept, imagine that somebody is assigned to perform tasks that require physical displacement such as purchasing items. In case these tasks are not assigned in advance and in due time, the assigned persons are not able to optimize their paths. Basically, they are required to re-visit the same place when a new task requires to go there. There is a solution to this problem. The tasks are assigned dynamically according to current location of the individuals. This is typically useful when several agents are capable to perform the same type of task. Assignment will be prioritized to those agents that are closer to the place where the task needs to be performed.

I co-authored a paper accepted to the NGMAST'07 conference on this topic where we propose to build a mobile workflow system that exploits location-awareness in smart way.

You can watch a demo video of this system below or here:

Don't hesitate to contact me for more details on this subject!

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Friday, May 25, 2007

The future of television or the television of future?

This is a serious subject. What is the future of the television? I don't think it's Joost or YouTube. I think that TV has some distinguishing features that are still absent in Web surrogates. Video content does not equal television. Much in a way for which Radio survived TV, TV will survive Web video, unless something really new will be proposed. I believe that is in the right direction. We'll see...

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