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Multimedia discourse interaction

Course code:INFOMMDI
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 2 (week 46 through 5, i.e., 9-11-2020 through 5-2-2021; retake week 16)
Participants:up till now 28 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
lecture          Lynda Hardman
Alex Telea

Meaningful (Linked) Data Visualisation
Previous editions of this seminar were titled: Multimedia Discourse Interaction.

The seminar addresses the complexity of interacting with information, implicitly contained in data, that is useful for a user's task. The goal is to convey information to a user at a high level, allowing them to browse "concepts" rather than objects (such as images, webpages or research papers) and at the same time allow them access to the items described via these concepts.

Knowledge of cognitive capabilities and limitations, such as information processing speeds, can be used to inform the design of useful and efficient ways of searching, browsing, studying, analysing and communicating information in a way that is appropriate to a user's task, knowledge and skills. Subsequently, the fragments of relevant information that are selected from multiple sources must be combined for meaningful presentation to the user. Models and theories exist, for example in artificial intelligence, but also in the fields of film theory and computational linguistics, that describe communication structures, such as narratives or arguments. These can be used to inform the process of selecting and assembling specific selections of data, or media fragments, into a presentation appropriate to an endā€user's information needs.

Information presentation consists of combining atomic pieces of information into some communication structure that facilitates viewers in understanding the relationship between the pieces. For example, in text, multiple words are strung together according to established structures, namely grammatically correct sentences. In any medium, fragments conveying meaning can be combined together into a meaningful communication structure.

The seminar explores literature from diverse subfields, including (linked) data visualisation, 2D and 3D visualisations, semantic web and information exploration, providing a range of perspectives on the challenges.

Literature:The literature consists of research papers, all of which will be available in electronic form.
Course form:The seminar challenges participants to acquire and disseminate knowledge about a complex subject in an interactive way. The lecturer makes a pre-selection of relevant research papers and web references. Students are expected to supplement these with their own literature search. They are expected to take the lead on proposing, preparing, executing and presenting projects. Participants will work in groups of 2 on a joint project. Online group meetings are mandatory.
Exam form:The course learning goals are based on group participation and peer review. The role of the lecturers is to ensure that progress is being made by providing feedback.
  • Attendance of meetings is obligatory
  • Individual: Oral presentations of various topics during the course
  • Assignments to be handed in during the course.
  • Group: Report on project that also details the individual contributions
  • The final mark is composed of the total of marks gained during the course for, for example, research paper and project proposal presentations, (around 50%) plus the final report (around 50%).
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:If the course has not been passed first time round, then in order to qualify for an additional assignment, the original mark needs to be greater than 4.0.
Description:Course is being run from Teams.