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Trinity College Dublin

User-Centred Systems & Personalisation

The knowledge and Data Engineering research group has focused on the area of User-Centred Systems and Personalisation. In particular it has pioneered composition tools for constructing adaptive hypermedia and adaptive services. Traditionally, research in adaptive media composition and adaptive (web) service composition has been conducted by different research communities and different technological approaches applied. A key unique aspect of KDEG’s research in this area is its integrated and unified approach to adaptive hypermedia and adaptive service composition. This provides a novel and highly significant departure from other research in these respective areas and supports the notion of ‘intelligent, active content’.

In the area of Adaptive Hypermedia composition, KDEG has researched and published heavily. One example is KDEG’s Adaptive Course Construction Toolkit (ACCT) which supports the design of adaptive (personalisable) elearning designs. A second composition tool for adaptive hypermedia is ACT-Sim which supports the composition of adaptive simulations. This adaptive simulation composition environment is being developed as part of the ADAPT project and is being developed and trialled with the Department of Psychiatry (TCD) to compose adaptive virtual interviews with mentally ill patients.

A second aspect of User centred systems and personalisation is research into adaptive composition tools for web services. More specificially KDEG is actively researching the use of Policy based systems, Ontology and finite state autonata to support adaptive (policy based) web service compositions. Examples of such systems are *.

Aspects researched include:

  • Adaptive Course Construction Toolkit (ACCT)
  • Adaptive Composition Toolkit for Simulations (ACT-Sim)