UMIC and Virtual Campfire
The goal of this cluster is the interdisciplinary design of Ultra high-speed Mobile Information and Communication systems (UMIC) providing an order of magnitude improvement of the perceived quality of service. Concepts and demonstrators for smart, mobile, broadband, low-cost systems will be developed which support the demanding applications of the next-decade mobile Internet.
The Chair of Computer Science 5 -Information Systems- at RWTH Aachen University take part at the UMIC project and coordinates the activities in the research area Mobile Applications and Services. Future ultra-highspeed mobile information and communication technology will only be successful if attractive applications can be found that actually need the increased performance, ubiquity, and reliability, and if the demands of such applications are reflected back to the design of the different technology levels and design methodologies. Research in selected mobile applications and services is therefore an integral part of UMIC.
Within this UMIC area in collaboration with the Chair of Stadtbaugeschichte (Urban History) the Virtual Campfire sub project will provide a framework of mobile social software to bridge wide communities and diverse multimedia. A short overview is given below:
The Web 2.0 communities become mobile and multimedia based, which raises new challenges to community information systems. Meanwhile, Social Software makes users be content prosumers (consumer and producer in parallel) anywhere at any time. Consequently, Web 2.0 and social software result in a great amount of multimedia artifacts and a large number of diverse communities.
Virtual Campfire is an advanced framework to create, search, and share multimedia artifacts with context awareness cross communities. Hosted on the basic component the Community Engine, Virtual Campfire provides communities a set of Context-Aware Services and Multimedia Processor Components to connect to heterogeneous data sources. Through standard protocols a large variety of (mobile) interfaces facilitate a rapid design and prototyping of context-aware multimedia community information systems. The successful realization of a couple of (mobile) applications listed as follows has proved the concept and demonstrated Virtual Campfire in practices.
An example of a service provided by Virtual Campfire on a mobile phone.