Basser Seminar Series

Project Nightingale: from SharePic and MEMENTO to Anotepic

Trent Apted and David West, NICTA

Wednesday 2 March 2-3pm

Basser Conference Room (G92) Madsen Building


Project Nightingale is a joint project between the National ICT Australia, the Smart Internet Technology Cooperative Research Centre and the University of Sydney and explores the needs of Australia’s aging population and the role of smart wireless networks and pervasive computing in memory sharing and reminiscing. The project is now coming to a close. This talk will present the main demonstrator applications developed through the course of the project and results of our initial user trials.

SharePic is a ubiquitous, multi-user, multi-touch, gestural collaborative digital picture sharing application. It was initially developed to use the DiamondTouch technology from Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratories (MERL), but has since been adapted to the Mimio pen system on a regular tabletop for (single-touch) multi user interaction. Users can share digital photographs in an interactive, face-to-face setting without the need for a keyboard and mouse.MEMENTO is a physical/digital scrap book, implemented with our own drawable user interface (DUI). Using the Anoto pen system and regular paper, we produce a digital copy of physical information entered into the scrapbook; including images, linked audio and handwritten annotations. The digital copy is represented as a web page that can instantly be shared across the globe.

Recently, these two applications were combined to create Anotepic, an annotation system for digital images. Still without the need for a keyboard and mouse, users can collaborate on a design or reminiscing task centred around digital photographs on a tabletop interface. Audio can be added to the images and they can be digitally labelled with handwritten annotations using a pen and paper in a natural way.

About the speakers

David West
David West has been working as a Research Associate at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Smart Internet CRC and NICTA, on projects Nightingale and Bluestar, since December 2003. During this time David has researched a number of areas in Pervasive Computing, with the emphasis of supporting reminiscence activities among the elderly, and the seamless interaction of different modalities distributed across multiple devices in a virtual personal server space. In addition, David has explored a hybrid approach to location awareness, incorporating position estimation using the GSM network, and more exact positioning using Bluetooth beacons.

David graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2003, where he completed his Masters degree in Networks and Distributed Systems. Along with graduating at the top of both his postgraduate and undergraduate classes, David is a University Medalist and scholar of the University. For his Bachelors final year project, David researched and implemented a system for face recognition by modelling the colour distribution in an individual’s face. For his Masters thesis he implemented and evaluated the mobile ad-hoc networking protocol, AODV, for the Windows CE and XP operating systems.

David has worked for a web-design company in his home county of Kerry in Ireland. He has also worked in the technology division of Barclays Capital investment bank in New York.

David has travelled widely throughout many countries in Europe, as well as having spent a number of months travelling the USA. He is about to embark on an extended period travelling Australia and Asia.

Trent Apted
In March 2004, Trent Apted joined the Networks and Pervasive Computing program at National ICT Australia (NICTA) as a research engineer on Project Nightingale, a joint research project with the University of Sydney and the Smart Internet CRC. In conjunction with researchers from NICTA and SITCRC, Trent has developed a novel digital photograph sharing application for use in a pervasive computing environment, targeted at allowing an elder to engage in reminiscence activities without the need for a keyboard, mouse or computer monitor.

After studies in 2003, Trent was awarded the University Medal and first class honours in the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) at the University of Sydney. For his honours thesis he investigated learning techniques for interactive tangible user interfaces, or “Smart Toys”, and graduated with the highest fourth-year weighted average mark in the Faculty of Science. While undertaking his degree he did tutoring and gained experience in a range of computer science disciplines including machine learning, knowledge representation, database design, computer security, networking and user interfaces as a result of coursework and research projects while participating in the Science Talented Student Program.

During the last two years of his undergraduate degree, he published papers in four international conferences and submitted a paper to the International Journal on Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (special issue on Concepts and Ontologies in WBES), which appeared in 2004. He has since been working for NICTA on Project Nightingale and is about to commence a PhD in Computer Science with the Networks and Systems Laboratory at the University of Sydney.