- PATHS (Personalised Access To cultural Heritage Spaces)
The vision of the PATHS project is to enable: personalised paths through
digital library collections; offer suggestions about items to look at and
assist in their interpretation; and support the user in knowledge discovery
and exploration. We aim to make it easy for users to explore cultural
heritage material by taking them along a trial, or pathway, created by
experts, by themselves or by other users.
PATHS project website
- IPAS - Integrated Products And Services is a project co-funded by the UK
Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and Rolls-Royce plc. The goal is to
integrate the development of product with the after-market services by
collecting the knowledge created in Rolls-Royce at different stages of the
design, test and support of jet engines, organizing and facilitating the access
across the company. In this context, the University of Sheffield (Department of
Computer Science and Department of Information Studies) is studying,
implementing and testing innovative systems that use information extraction to
support the reuse of information and knowledge.
- An EU IP project, X-Media address the issue of large scale, distributed and
multimedia knowledge management. In the context of car and jet engine
engineering and manufacturing, X-Media will develop methodologies and
techniques to extract information from text, images and numeric data, fuse it
into knowledge and make it easily accessible to users. The project started in
March 2006 and will last for 4 years, involves 15 partners across Europe and
has a budget of about Euro 13M.
X-Media project website
An interdisciplinary project co-funded by AHRC and EPSRC under the program
Designing for the 21st Century, the My Exhibition project experiments with
methodology and technipques for the personalization of museum and exhibition
visits. Conversely from the current trend in personalization in museums, the
target of personalization in MyExhibition is the exhibition space, not a
hand-held guide. The methods and technique adopted will be evaluated during 6
months exhibition at the Royal Armories in Leeds (UK).
- Tripod's primary objective is to revolutionise access to the enormous body
of visual media. Applying an innovative multidisciplinary approach Tripod will
utilise largely untapped but vast, accurate and regularly updated sources of
semantic information to create ground breaking intuitive search services,
enabling users to effortlessly and accurately gain access to the image they
seek from this ever expanding resource.
Tripod project website
- The MultiMatch project is developing a vertical search engine specifically
designed for access, organisation and personalised presentation of cultural
heritage information. The aim is to enable users to explore and interact with
online cultural heritage content, across media types and languages boundaries.
The project will integrate techniques and results from a diverse set of system
and user-oriented research areas including focused Internet crawling,
information extraction and analysis, multilingual information access and
retrieval, multimedia complex object management, and user interface
- Memoir is an EU training grant to build expertise in a new
multidisciplinary area, encompassing the computer science disciplines of
information retrieval and human computer interaction, as well as design,
ethics, history and cognitive science. Memoir will study the new area of
personal memories, to better understand the technology, ethics and psychology
of storing and accessing personal information. Changes in digital storage
technology mean that people are beginning to store huge amounts of digital
videos, photographs, music and speech in personal file systems. We will
research new techniques to organize, store and retrieve such personal
information that focus on user-centric concepts and methods. This research will
draw on methods for multimedia retrieval, human computer interaction and
ontologies. We will also explore cultural and social differences in such
memories within different EU cultures, as well as socially disadvantaged
communities in our local region. Our project may help address the digital
divide as personalisation has been suggested as a way of making technology
relevant to sections of the society who are reticent to adopt it.
The AMI project aims to enhance the value of multimodal meeting recordings
and to make human interaction more effective in real time. There are 17
academic and industrial partners involved in the project located across Europe
and the United States. Sheffield is investigating HCI problems and
possibilities for accessing multimodal meeting data.
AMI project website
Bricks is a new project aiming to increase the share of cultural heritage
across Europe. Sheffield is contributing cross language information retrieval
technology and expertise.
BRICKS project website
The Sprit project concerns itself with Geographic Information Retrieval.
The aim of the project is to enhance web search for the end use by identifying
and standardising geographic references in web pages. The project has several
European partners and one of Sheffield's contributions is the construction of
web search engine which indexes 94 million web pages on a 25 PC cluster.
SPIRIT project website
- The CiQuest (Concept-based Interactive Query Expansion Support Tool)
project investigated, developed, and evaluated an approach to interactive query
expansion using concept hierarchies that were automatically derived and
visualised from a set of retrieved documents. A series of user tests were
carried out to study the interaction of a concept-based query expansion support
- Clarity focuses on cross language information retrieval. Specifically, it
provides help for bilingual journalists in the location of newspaper articles
written in a range of Baltic languages. The project has produced new user
interfaces using a user-centred system design methodology and has developed new
CLARITY project website
- Eurovision focuses on the cross language retrieval of images. The goal is
to retrieve images, which are described by captions written in one language,
based on queries written in different languages. The main contribution of
Sheffield in this project is the construction of a test bed for other
researchers to use.
- The goal of the Mind project is to produce a multimedia metasearch engine.
This will allow increased access to multimedia available on the web which is
currently invisible to web users. Sheffield's contribution to the project is in
the retrieval of spoken documents.
MIND project website