Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS)
The Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) group supports professional communities with heterogeneous needs by open and responsive community environments. Results of our research are advancing the emerging Web Science discipline by new analysis and engineering methodologies for large-scale and heterogeneous information systems.
OverviewIn a fast changing world, professional communities have to adapt to new digital technologies and external societal, political or regulatory changes. We are deeply convinced that the Web is an ideal platform for professional communities since for its openness and its availability on all modern computing devices. Professional communities need open and responsive community environments which are monitoring the needs of the communities and provide the necessary socio-technical processes for retaining or even improving their agency. We are tackling these challenges from three perspectives.
- From a Web engineering perspective we are researching and developing cutting-edge open source Web technologies for Web clients, Web services and Web infrastructure.
- From a Web analytics perspective we aim to understand basic laws of community interactions as patterns. To this end, we analyse post-mortem dumps as well as life streams of professional communities in an interoperable cross-community and cross-media fashion.
- From a requirements engineering perspective we are supporting large-scale Web-based social requirements engineering and design processes which are enabling continuous support of professional communities on the Web, making them heard in the long-tail of communities.
Some of our Products
Social Network Analysis on Dynamic Digital Networks
The joint Community of Bamiyan Development aims at bringing together experts from diverse disciplines in the area of preservation of the Bamiyan site in Afghanistan. We attempt to bridge the gaps between different generations, disciplines and cultures on a global scale.
Digital Foundations for Web-based Collaboration and Data Exchange in smart Mass customized CONstruction, PROduction and MAnagement
The European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) supports a network of European research laboratories and groups via free services, sponsoring high profile TEL events, a knowledge interchange, and a set of very active Special Interest Groups.
Learning Layers - Scaling up Technologies for Informal Learning in SME Clusters - EU FP7 ICT Integrated Project
A MediaBase is a large collection of Social Software artifacts collected by special purpose crawling software (perl scripts) managed in a relational database under a common schema and a set of analysis and visualization tools with web front-ends.
Cloud computing envisions the notion of delivering software services and customizable hardware configurations to public access, similar how public utilities (electricity, water, etc.) are available to the common man. The cloud abstracts infrastructure complexities of servers, applications, data, and heterogeneous platforms, enabling users to plug-in at anytime from anywhere and utilizes storage and computing services as needed at the moment. The goal of our mobile multimedia cloud (i5Cloud) is to provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) for diverse services and applications in the domain of (mobile) multimedia and large-scale social network analysis.
The PROLEARN Academy transfers research results into education and training programmes, international conferences, and scientific journals designed to federate and showcase European leadership in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning.
Serious Games Pathway within the Undergraduate IT Programs - EU TEMPUS Joint Project
A serious game framework for mobile, puzzle-styled games in medical education on university level
We are member of the Serious Games Society.
The SunSITE project at RWTH Aachen University started 1995 as a hosting system for open software and content. Today the SunSITE contains also information about science, culture and virtual communities. And we still run www and ftp servers giving access to the SunSITE Software Archive.
The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an open and extensible protocol for the exchange of XML data in near real-time. Although most use cases of the protocol are still coined by the protocol's instant messaging background, it is also interesting for a more general range of services, particularly lightweight mobile middleware. The goal of the project is to systematically design, implement, and evaluate XMPP related services in a community information system context, to share knowledge with other researchers active on XMPP and to contribute parts of our prototypes to the XMPP FLOSS community.
Erasmus+ Project 56222-EPPP-2015-1-EL-EPPKA3-PI-FORAWRD The main aim of the “Virtual Vocational Education and Training – VIRTUS” project is the development of an innovative, fully functional virtual vocational education and training centre, which will provide appropriately designed modular certified courses in Modular Employable Skills (MES), corresponding to a wide range of circumstances such as regional growth potential and/or company restructuring.
Wearable TEL platform enhances human abilities to acquire procedural knowledge by providing a smart system that directs attention to where it is most needed. An extensive audit of industry procedures, policies and participatory design methods will define the main facets of the platform. User test cycles will refine prototypes and deliverables. Existing wearable smart devices and sensors will be tailored to provide an innovative solution for content delivery and measurement of user performance. Comparative tests, stakeholders’ review and leading the IEEE ARLEM group will secure high-standard academic and industrial outputs.
In this project we are creating and maintaining a software platform and a repository for multi-agent simulation systems. The platform will be used in interdisciplinary teaching and research at RWTH Aachen University.
Afghan Community Information System for Cultural Heritage Management
Aim of the project is the creation, deployment and utilization of a pool of digital 3D anatomic models for accessing them anywhere and anytime over the Web using a standard Web browser.
Business PerfOrmance imprOvement through individual employee Skills Training: The project explored further development of the ROLE SDK and the Requirements Bazaar for vocational training in small and micro enterprises all across Europe.
Context Adaptive Interaction in Cooperative Knowledge Processes - DFG Cluster Project
EU Tempus Cairo University E-Learning Centre
Games and Learning Alliance - The European Network of Excellence on Serious Games - EU FP7 IST ICT NoE Project
Technologies for earth management: From data to services
LOM Editor is the Learning Object Metadata editor complying with the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard.
LIP Editor is the first Learner Modeling editor complying with the IMS Learner Information Package (LIP) Specification.
Learning Design Grid (LD-Grid) aims to produce a concise, comprehensive and accessible set of resources which will empower educators and learners to participate in design discourse and practices in technology enhanced learning (TEL). These resources will enable learners and educators to collaboratively reflect on their goals and constraints, characterise contexts of learning, and devise viable means of achieving their goals within these contexts and in light of the constraints. LD-Grid is a theme team funded by the EU network of excellence STELLAR.
LIP2PAPI Converter is a workspace for learner model tranformation from IMS LIP to IEEE PAPI core features.
IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Awards Program
LM-DTM: An Environment for LIP/PAPI-Compliant Deployment, Transformation and Matching of Learner Models.
Musical Analysis and Representation System
Multimedia capturing of collaborative scientific discourses about movies
Collaborative research center 427
Semi-Automatic Dublin Core to MPEG-7 Conversion
Meeting Teachers' Co-Design Needs by Means of Integrated Learning Environments - EU LLP KA3 Multilateral Project
- Open Graphical Learning Modeller (OpenGLM) is an open-source learning design authoring tool which supports IMS Learning Design (LD) at levels A and B.
Providing web services from smart phones
The MPEG-7 & MPEG-21 community aims at bringing together experts from research and industry in the area of multimedia meta data interoperability for collaborative working environments.
Non-linear Digital Storytelling for the Battleship "G. Averof" - DAAD IKYDA Project
Overcoming barriers in the innovation process - RWTH Excellence Project House "Interdisciplinary Management Practice" Boost Project
Open Graphical Learning Modeller (OpenGLM) is an open-source learning design authoring tool which supports IMS Learning Design (LD) at levels A and B.
EU Network of Excellence
- LOM Editor is the Learning Object Metadata editor complying with the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard.
- LIP Editor is the first Learner Modeling editor complying with the IMS Learner Information Package (LIP) Specification.
- LIP2PAPI Converter is a workspace for learner model tranformation from IMS LIP to IEEE PAPI core features.
- LM-DTM: An Environment for LIP/PAPI-Compliant Deployment, Transformation and Matching of Learner Models.
- An Application for User-Driven Freeform Digital Ink Annotation of E-Learning Content
Responsive Open Learning Environments - EU FP7 ICT IP Project
Future gazing Technology Enhanced Learning - The Roadmap for the unknown Learning Landscape - EU FP7 ICT SA
Teacher's lifelong learning network - EU Lifelong Learning Programme - Agreement number- 2009-3574/001-001 - Project number- 505594-LLP-1-2009-1-BEKA4SRM
An Application for User-Driven Freeform Digital Ink Annotation of E-Learning Content
Research cluster established under the German excellence initiative
- Contextualized Peer to Peer Information Management in Wearable and Environmental Computing
- Virtual Campfire is a scenario to demonstrate advanced services for mobile multimedia social software.
Virtual Entrepreneurship Lab
Virtual Campfire is a scenario to demonstrate advanced services for mobile multimedia social software.