Intelligent user task oriented systems

Tiziana Catarci1, Benjamin Habegger1, Antonella Poggi1, Alan Dix2, Yannis Ioannidis3, Akrivi Katifori3 , Giorgos Lepouras4

1Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica,
Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
2Computing Department, Lancaster University,
Lancaster, UK


3Department of Informatics & Telecommunications,
University of Athens, Athens, Hellas (Greece)
4Deptartment of Computer Science and Technology,
University of Peloponnese, Tripolis, Hellas (Greece)

Paper at workshop on Personal Information Management, at SIGIR 2006, August 10-11, 2006, Seattle, Washington

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Most existing human-computer interfaces are now based on the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointers) paradigm and on the desktop metaphor. Each application is targeted towards editing one specific type of “document”. Current desktop oriented systems propose a mostly disconnected set of generic tools (word processor, e-mail reader, drawing tool, CD burning application, etc.). In such a setting, a user which is executing a specific task (e.g. making a CD from a set of files) will likely use more than one of these tools. The fact that they are running on one system without being connected leads to awkward situations such as the user reentering or copying data between applications. Furthermore, the same user is very likely to run multiple times the same task and often, she will do this in a similar manner. For example, a music fan will likely find himself burning more than one music CD. Having a system which is aware that some task is being run would allow for some anticipation and could relieve the user from much routine procedures.

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keywords: personal-information management, task inference, personal ontology, intelligent user interfaces


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T.Catarci, B. Habegger, A. Poggi, A. Dix, Y. Ioannidis, A. Katifori, G. Lepouras (2006). Intelligent user task oriented systems
Personal Information Management, SIGIR 2006 workshop, August 10-11, 2006, Seattle, Washington.
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