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Abstracts of Papers Published in the Conference Proceedings - Section 1.4: Work and Mobility

Section 1.4: Work and Mobility
Providing Innovative Services to Youngsters Using Context-Aware Mobile Devices
R. Pascotto, M.H. Williams, H. Muyal
Multimedia Workplace of the Future
H. Kuhlmann
A Virtual 3D Video-Conference System Providing Semi-Immersive Telepresence: A Real-Time Solution in Hardware and Software
O. Schreer, N. Brandenburg, S. Askar, E. Trucco
Does e-Work Really Pay Off? An In-Depth Analysis of Opportunity Costs for Telework
A. Gölz, J. Hofmann
STARMATE: Using Augmented Reality Technology for Computer Guided Maintenance of Complex Mechanical Elements
B. Schwald, J. Figue, E. Chauvineau, F. Vu-Hong, A. Robert, M. Arbolino, M. Schnaider, B. De Laval, F. Dumas De Rauly, F.G. Anez, O. Baldo, J.M. Santos
Experiences on the Integration of Teleworking and Telelearning into Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
A. Knierriem-Jasnoch
A Worksupport Tool for the Team-Oriented Production and Management of Multimedia Content for Cross-Media Publishing
F. Schmidt
Experience with Teamwork in Distributed Work Environments
R. Messnarz, G. Nadasi, R. Bernhard, E. O'Leary and B. Foley
EMPLOY: New Employment through Innovative Tools and Services for an Efficient/Effective European Structural Funds Management
L. Gadda, D. Remotti and A. Savoldelli
LENSIS - Leveraging Non-Profit Sector toward Information Society
F. Borga, A. Savoldelli and L. Vignolo

Providing Innovative Services to Youngsters Using Context-Aware Mobile Devices
R. Pascotto(1), M.H. Williams(2) and H. Muyal(3)
(1) T-Nova Deutsche Telekom Innovationsgesellschaft mbH Berkom, Berlin, 10589, Germany
(2) Dept of Computing & EE, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
(3) Steria Tour Aurore - 18, Place des Reflets, F - 92975 Paris La Defense Cedex

Context aware applications are believed to be amongst the most promising drivers for e-commerce, in particular in the mobile technology market. The EU research project Youngster aims to exploit this new technology, focusing specifically on young people where a real market opportunity exists. This paper outlines some of the issues and describes the structure of an open middleware platform, which will be developed to support features and services involving context awareness. To satisfy user needs a pure technology development is not sufficient and a user-centred approach will be followed by including young people at all stages in the project from establishing requirements to validating prototypes.

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Multimedia Workplace of the Future
Herbert Kuhlmann
ZGDV, Rundeturmstrasse 6, 65283 Darmstadt, Deutschland

The focus of MAP is the development of special technologies, components and new methods for multimedia interactions that use novel and intelligent systems offering assistance and supporting delegation. In the MAP system, software agents do routine tasks that have little structure or are time-consuming - no intervention of the user is needed. The results can then be reported back and presented in adapted multimedia presentations.

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A Virtual 3D Video-Conference System Providing Semi-Immersive Telepresence: A Real-Time Solution in Hardware and Software
Oliver SCHREER(1), Nicole BRANDENBURG(1), Serap ASKAR(1)' and Emanuele TRUCCO(2)
(1) Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Einsteinufer 37, D-10587 Berlin
(2) Heriot-Watt-University, Department of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH 14 4AS, United Kingdom

The BT-project VIRTUE is developing a videoconference system, aiming at a convincing impression of immersive telepresence. It is being designed and constructed to achieve 3-way video conferencing supporting life-size, upper-body video images in a shared virtual environment. In this paper, a complete software and hardware concept of the advanced real-time demonstration system is presented. The concept and the algorithm solutions show the feasibility of the challenging goal of the project. A brief overview of the software modules is presented showing the whole processing chain of the video conference system and giving an impression of the quality of current results. We also present the hardware concept, which meets the requirements in computational power, modularity and extendibility. The proposed system solution is realistic economically, as shown by cost estimates of the most important components of the system.

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Does e-Work Really Pay Off? An In-Depth Analysis of Opportunity Costs for Telework
Achim Goelz, Josephine Hofmann
Fraunhofer-Institut fiir Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation
Nobelstrarje 12, D-70569 Stuttgart

This paper describes a typical approach and findings in consultancy and research projects that aim at clarifying the extended benefits of telework activities in enterprises. We argue that some of the main benefits of telework, the ability to create attractive workplaces also for part time workers - e.g. young mothers, have also significant cost-cutting effects. Especially if high qualified employees can be prevented from resigning completely from the job by offering telework, the advantages for the employer will be tremendous: Extended search for new employees, training and knowledge management activities may be minimised. Although there are important sums to be invested in such activities, there is little public material concerning the amounts of money to be invested here. In this contribution we describe our method and exemplary results.

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STARMATE: Using Augmented Reality Technology for Computer Guided Maintenance of Complex Mechanical Elements
Bernd SCHWALD(1), Jean FIGUE(2), Eric CHAWINEAU(3), Franck VU-HONG(2), Anne ROBERT(2), Marco ARBOLINO(4), Michael SCHNAIDER(1), Blandine DE LAVAL(2)
Francois DUMAS DE RAULY(2), F.Gonzalez ANEZ(6), Octavia BALDO(5), J.M. SANTOS(5)
(1) Computer Graphics Center (ZGDV), Darmstadt, Germany
(2) Thales Optronique S.A. (TOSA), Guyancourt, France
(3) CS Systems d 'Information (CSSI), Clamart, France
(4) Dune Ingegneria dei sistemi srl (DUNE), Rome, Italy
(5) European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Company (EADS)
(6) Tecnatom S.A. (TECNATOM), Madrid, Spain

This paper presents the project STARMATE, funded by the EU (IST-1999-10202) which aims at specifying, designing, developing, and demonstrating a prototype allowing computer guided maintenance of complex mechanical elements using Augmented Reality techniques. The system will provide two main functionalities: User assistance for achieving assembly/de-assembly and maintenance procedures, and workforce training of those procedures. The system is dedicated to applications where access to conventional paper or other documentation is cumbersome and aims at integrating digital technical manuals, construction tiles and maintenance procedures seamlessly into the workplace. It will rely on Augmented Reality techniques, which is a growing area in Virtual Reality research. The idea of Augmented Realtiy is to combine a real scene, viewed by the user, with a virtual scene, generated by a computer, augmenting the reality with additional information. A multi-modal concept is basis for the interaction with the system.

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Experiences on the Integration of Teleworking and Telelearning into Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Anette Knierriem-Jasnoch
IKTT, Marktplatz 9, D - 64711 Erbach, Deutschland

The paper describes the action line "Hessen-teleworking", an initiative of the Ministry of Economy of the State of Hesse, and its activities to promote the integration of telework and telelearning into small and medium-sized enterprises, public administrations, and governments. The overall goals are to reinforce the enterprises' innovation, to improve their business processes and to establish best-practice references for the implementation of telework. In particular the experiences on the organizational and technical implementations of telework are reported. Furthermore, the project " Telejob Service in the Internet", a joint project of the Hessian Ministry of Economy and the German Ministry of Economy and Technology will be introduced.

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A Worksupport Tool for the Team-Oriented Production and Management of Multimedia Content for Cross-Media Publishing
Friederike SCHMIDT
Pixelpark AG, IMD, Rotherstr. 8, 10245 Berlin, Germany

Broadcaster, publishing houses and multimedia agencies are all producing and managing multimedia content and they are all facing the crossmedia publishing as a new challenge. But at the moment there are only a few tools trying to support these highly team oriented processes. Within the framework of the European R&D-project MultiPro a work support tool is being developed, which will meet the requirements of multidisciplinary teams. A document management system is in use as a basis for a web-based application, which combines communication-, interaction-, resource- and time-management features. Additionally, the system offers support for the creation of meta data and the retrieval of archived material. The implemented remote access functionality will furthermore allow external team members to be part of the current production process - whether they have an internet connection or not.

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Experience with Teamwork in Distributed Work Environments
Richard MESSNARZ(1), Gabor NADASI(2), Rainer BERNHARD(2), Eugene O'LEARY(3), Brian FOLEY(3)
(1) ISCN LTD, Florence House, 1 Florence Villas, Bray, Ireland
(2) ISCN Regionalstelle, Schieszstattgasse 4, A-8010 Graz, Austria
(3) TecNet, Crestfield Centre, Glenmire, Cork, Ireland

This paper describes the goals, approaches, and implementations of a TEAMWORK initiative which bases on previous EU results and works towards an integrated solution including methodology, technology platform, and social aspects. Major success factors are highlighted for the establishment of virtual organisations. Also the experiences and what challenges virtual organisations will face in the future are described. In an EU funded project TEAMWORK this system is currently adapted for:

  • IS0 15504 compliant processes in the defence sector,
  • IS0 9001:2000 and ESA standards in the aerospace sector,
  • IS0 9000-2 in the service sector for innovation transfer agencies in different European countries,
  • as well as for research networks to establish collaborations across different regions on focussed research topics.

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EMPLOY: New Employment through Innovative Tools and Services for an Efficient/Effective European Structural Funds Management
Lara GADDA(1), David REMOTTI(2), Alberto SAVOLDELLI(1)'
(1) Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32. Italy
(2) T&T Tardito Impianti, 001.55 Roma, via Naide 45, Italy

The paper is composed by two parts. The objective of the first part is to define a new approach to the Business Process Re-engineering in the Public Administration. In fact, in more recent years, the attention to process oriented change management techniques has also emerged in the public sector, through attempts to draw from private sector, searching for new methodologies and managerial approaches that could satisfy the need of organisational innovation. EMPLOY project analyses these techniques in one of the public management processes, the European Structural Funds. The second part of the paper is more related to the new IST tools that should be used to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of non-profit organisations. In particular, the project aims at developing innovative, user-relevant, technologies such as new Web-based Data Warehousing and new Collaborative Environment Tools, at providing the basis for standards by contributing to the definition of data interoperability across the Web, and, above all, it is bound to have a decisive impact on the creation of job opportunities and reduction of unemployment, resulting into a decisive increase in the promotion of initiatives, particularly at regional and local level, that create jobs.

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LENSIS - Leveraging Non-Profit Sector toward Information Society
Francesca BORGA(1), Alberto SAVOLDELLI(1), Luca VIGNOLO(2)
(1) AIP, c/o Politecnico di Milano, P.zza L. da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
(2) Iperbusiness, V.le Forlanini, 36, 20024 Garbagnate M.se, (MI), Italy

Considering the high growth of third sector and the absence of proper IT tools for non-profit organisations, the project LENSIS aims at developing a set of innovative and user-friendly software tools and an enhanced method of work for supporting large non-profit organisations to better use their resources and exploit their know-how. This paper aims at discussing the non-profit organisation user requirements and peculiarities in defining a specific IT platform, and the main characteristics and advantages of the LENSIS platform.

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