Beat Signer

Dr. sc. techn. ETH

Personal Homepage
http://wise.vub.ac.be/beat-signer
Employer
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (http://www.vub.ac.be/english/)
Email
Beat.Signer@vub.ac.be

My research focuses on interactive paper and cross-media information systems. As part of my PhD thesis, I investigated fundamental concepts for interactive paper and cross-media information spaces resulting in the general resource-selector-link (RSL) metamodel that generalises document and open hypermedia models. The iServer platform represents our implementation of the RSL model that can be extended by different resource plug-ins for integrating different types of physical and digital media.

As part of the European Paper++ and PaperWorks projects, I developed the interactive paper (iPaper) framework for integrating paper and digital services and information. Different solutions for innovative forms of interactive paper document publishing have been realised and the iPaper framework has been applied in a variety of applications including PaperPoint, EdFest, Generosa Enterprise, the Lost Cosmonaut, Print-n-Link, PaperProof and other solutions. We also recently released iGesture a general framework for gesture recognition under an open source license. Based on the experience that we gained from realising the interactive paper applications, I am currently investigating general design patterns and paper widgets for the new type of paper-digital user interfaces.

More recently, I started to extend the RSL metamodel, to deal not only with navigational cross-media linking, but also enable the structural representation of new forms of cross-media documents and information spaces. Furthermore, the open source iGesture framework is currently extended to support new types of gestures (e.g. 3D gestures).

General research interests: Interactive Paper and Paper-based User Interfaces, Web Information Systems, Cross-Media Information Systems, Multimodal Interaction, Document Engineering, Ubiquitous and Tangible Computing, Object Databases, Software Engineering.

Publication Statistics

Publication period start
2000
Publication period end
2012
Number of co-authors
36

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Publications

Dumas, Bruno, Signer, Beat, Lalanne, Denis (2012): Fusion in multimodal interactive systems: an HMM-based algorithm for user-induced adaptati. In: ACM SIGCHI 2012 Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems , 2012, . pp. 15-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2305484.2305490

Dumas, Bruno, Broché, Tim, Hoste, Lode, Signer, Beat (2012): ViDaX: an interactive semantic data visualisation and exploration tool. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces , 2012, . pp. 757-760. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2254556.2254702

Hoste, Lode, Dumas, Bruno, Signer, Beat (2012): SpeeG: a multimodal speech- and gesture-based text input solution. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces , 2012, . pp. 156-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2254556.2254585

Hoste, Lode, Dumas, Bruno, Signer, Beat (2011): Mudra: a unified multimodal interaction framework. In: Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces , 2011, . pp. 97-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2070481.2070500

Ispas, Adriana, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2011): An extensible digital ink segmentation and classification framework for natural notetaking. In: ACM SIGCHI 2011 Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 231-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1996461.1996528

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2010): Interactive Paper: Past, Present and Future. In: Proceedings of PaperComp 2010, 1st International Workshop on Paper Computing September, 2010, Copenhagen Denmark. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/216727/Interactive-Paper--Past--Present-and-Future

Ispas, Adriana, Li, Nan, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2010): Paper-Digital Meeting Support and Review. In: Proceedings of CollaborateCom 2010, 6th International Conference on Collaborative Computing October, 2010, Chicago, USA. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/252786/Paper-Digital-Meeting-Support-and-Review

Signer, Beat (2010): What is Wrong with Digital Documents? A Conceptual Model for Structural Cross-Media Conten. In: Proceedings of ER 2010, 29th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling November, 2010, Vancouver, Canada. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/180192/What-is-Wrong-with-Digital-Documents--A-Conceptual-Model-for-Structural-Cross-Media-Content-Composition-and-Reuse

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2010): A Model and Architecture for Open Cross-Media Annotation and Link Services. In Information Systems, 0 (0) pp. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.is.2010.08.002

Ispas, Adriana, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2010): A study of incidental notetaking to inform digital pen and paper solutions. In: Proceedings of the HCI10 Conference on People and Computers XXIV , 2010, . pp. 374-383. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2146359

Ispas, Adriana, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2010): A Study of Incidental Notetaking to Inform Digital Pen and Paper Solutions. In: Proceedings of HCI 2010, 24th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction September, 2010, Dundee, United Kingdom.

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2009): Active Components as a Method for Coupling Data and Services - A Database-Driven Applicati. In: Proceedings of ICOODB 2009, 2nd International Conference on Object Databases July, 2009, Zurich, Switzerland. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/114622/Active-Components-as-a-Method-for-Coupling-Data-and-Services---A-Database-Driven-Application-Development-Process

Leone, Stefania, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Spindler, Alexandre de (2009): From Static Methods to Role-Driven Service Invocation - A Metamodel for Active Content in . In: Proceedings of ER 2009, 28th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling November, 2009, Gramado, Brazil. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/114621/From-Static-Methods-to-Role-Driven-Service-Invocation---A-Metamodel-for-Active-Content-in-Object-Databases

Signer, Beat, Spindler, Alexandre de, Norrie, Moira C. (2009): Collaborative Ad-hoc Information Sharing in Cross-Media Information Environments. In: Proceedings of CoopIS 2009, 17th International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems November, 2009, Vilamoura, Portugal. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/104622/Collaborative-Ad-hoc-Information-Sharing-in-Cross-Media-Information-Environments

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2009): An Architecture for Open Cross-Media Annotation Services. In: Proceedings of WISE 2009, 10th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering October, 2009, Poznan, Poland. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/114620/An-Architecture-for-Open-Cross-Media-Annotation-Services

Signer, Beat, Spindler, Alexandre de, Norrie, Moira C. (2009): A Framework for Link Sharing in Cooperative Cross-Media Information Spaces. In: Proceedings of CDVE 2009, 6th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering September, 2009, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/97300/A-Framework-for-Link-Sharing-in-Cooperative-Cross-Media-Information-Spaces

Signer, Beat, Spindler, Alexandre de, Norrie, Moira C. (2009). A Peer-to-Peer-based Distributed Link Service Architecture. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/105229/A-Peer-to-Peer-based-Distributed-Link-Service-Architecture

Reuss, Elke, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): PowerPoint Multimedia Presentations in Computer Science Education: What Do Users Need?. In: Holzinger, Andreas (eds.) USAB 2008 - 4th Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering of the Austrian Computer Society November 20-21, 2008, Graz, Austria. pp. 281-298. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-89350-9_20

Liwicki, Marcus, Schumacher, Kinga, Dengel, Andreas, Weibel, Nadir, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): Pen and Paper-based Interaction with the Semantic Desktop. In: DAS 2008, 8th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems September 16-19, 2008, Nara, Japan.

Weibel, Nadir, Ispas, Adriana, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): PaperProof: A Paper-Digital Proof-Editing System. In: CHI 5-10 April, 2008, Florence, Italy. pp. 2349-2354. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1358682

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2008): Interactive Paper as a Reading Medium in Digital Libraries. In: ECDL 2008, 12th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries September 14-19, 2008, Aarhus, Denmark.

Ispas, Adriana, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): An Extensible Framework for Personal Cross-Media Information Management. In: Proceedings of Workshop on Cross-Media Information Analysis, Extraction and Management December, 2008, Koblenz, Germany. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/88488/An-Extensible-Framework-for-Personal-Cross-Media-Information-Management

Reuss, Elke I., Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): PowerPoint Multimedia Presentations in Computer Science Education: What do Users Need?. In: Proceedings of USAB 2008, 4th Symposium on Usability and HCI for Education and Work November, 2008, Graz, Austria. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/88489/PowerPoint-Multimedia-Presentations-in-Computer-Science-Education--What-do-Users-Need-

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): A Framework for Developing Pervasive Cross-Media Applications based on Physical Hypermedia. In: Proceedings of ICPCA 2008, 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications October, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/88490/A-Framework-for-Developing-Pervasive-Cross-Media-Applications-based-on-Physical-Hypermedia-and-Active-Components

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2008): Interactive Paper as a Reading Medium in Digital Libraries. In: Proceedings of ECDL 2008, 12th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries September, 2008, Aarhus, Denmark. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/88491/Interactive-Paper-as-a-Reading-Medium-in-Digital-Libraries

Liwicki, Marcus, Schumacher, Kinga, Dengel, Andreas, Weibel, Nadir, Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2008): Pen and Paper-based Interaction with the Semantic Desktop. In: Proceedings of DAS 2008, 8th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems September, 2008, Nara, Japan. http://vub.academia.edu/BeatSigner/Papers/88493/Semantic-eInk-%E2%80%93-Pen-and-Paper-based-Interaction-with-the-Semantic-Desktop

Weibel, Nadir, Signer, Beat, Ponti, Patrick, Norrie, Moira C. (2007): PaperProof: A Paper-Digital Proof-Editing System. In: Signer, Beat, Ponti, Patrick (eds.) Proceedings of CoPADD 2007, 2nd Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents November 9, 2007, London, UK. http://www.copadd07.ethz.ch/papers/2.pdf

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2007): PaperPoint: A Paper-Based Presentation and Interactive Paper Prototyping Tool. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction , 2007, . pp. 57-64. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1226969.1226981

Weibel, Nadir, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2007): A Model for Mapping between Printed and Digital Document Instances. In: Proceedings of DocEng 2007, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering August 28-31, 2007, Winnipeg, Canada.

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Grossniklaus, Michael, Belotti, Rudi, Decurtins, Corsin, Weibel, Nadir (2007): Context-Aware Platform for Mobile Data Management. In Journal on Wireless Networks (WINET), 0 (0) pp. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11276-006-9858-y

Grossniklaus, Michael, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2007): Producing Interactive Paper Documents based on Multi-Channel Content Publishing. In: Grossniklaus, Michael (eds.) Proceedings of AXMEDIS 2007, 3rd International Conference on Automated Production of Cross Media Content for Multi-channel Distribution November 28-30, 2007, Barcelona, Spain. http://www.globis.ethz.ch/script/publication/download?docid=476

Signer, Beat, Grossniklaus, Michael, Norrie, Moira C. (2007): Interactive Paper as a Mobile Client for a Multi-Channel Web Information System. In World Wide Web Journal (WWW), 10 (4) pp. .

Signer, Beat, Kurmann, Ueli, Norrie, Moira C. (2007): iGesture: A General Gesture Recognition Framework. In: Proceedings of ICDAR 2007, 9th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition September, 2007, Curitiba, Brazil.

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2007): As We May Link: A General Metamodel for Hypermedia Systems. In: Proceedings of ER 2007, 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling November, 2007, Auckland, New Zealand.

Springmann, Michael, Ispas, Adriana, Schuldt, Heiko, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2007): Towards Query by Sketch, Second DELOS Conference on Digital Libraries. In: Second DELOS Conference on Digital Libraries December, 2007, Pisa, Italy.

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C., Kurmann, Ueli (2007). iGesture: A Java Framework for the Development and Deployment of Stroke-Based Online Gestu. Technical Report ETH Zurich, TR561 http://www.inf.ethz.ch/research/disstechreps/techreports/show?serial=561&lang=en

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2006): General Framework for the Rapid Development of Interactive Paper Applications. In: Proceedings of CoPADD 2006, Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents November 4, 2006, Banff, Canada. http://www.globis.ethz.ch/script/publication/download?docid=443

Signer, Beat (2006). Fundamental Concepts for Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Information Spaces. Dissertation ETH No. 16218, ETH Zurich http://e-collection.ethbib.ethz.ch/cgi-bin/show.pl?type=diss&nr=16218

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2006): Print-n-Link: Weaving the Paper Web. In: Proceedings of DocEng 2006, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering October 10-13, 2006, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. pp. 34-43. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1166160.1166175

Spindler, Alexandre de, Norrie, Moira C., Grossniklaus, Michael, Signer, Beat (2006): Spatio-Temporal Proximity as a Basis for Collaborative Filtering in Mobile Environments. In: UMICS 2006, Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems June, 2006, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Grossniklaus, Michael, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Weibel, Nadir (2006): Putting Location-Based Services on the Map. In: Proceedings of W2GIS 2006, 6th International Symposium on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems December 4-5, 2006, Hong Kong, China. pp. 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11935148_1

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C., Grossniklaus, Michael, Belotti, Rudi, Decurtins, Corsin, Weibel, Nadir (2006): Paper-Based Mobile Access to Databases. In: Demo Proceedings the SIGMOD 2006 International Conference Management of Data June 26-29, 2006, Chicago, USA. pp. 763-765. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1142473.1142581

Norrie, Moira C., Palinginis, Alexios, Signer, Beat (2005): Content Publishing Framework for Interactive Paper Documents. In: Proceedings of DocEng 2005, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering November, 2005, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2005): A Framework for Cross-media Information Management. In: Proceedings of EuroIMSA 2005, International Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications February, 2005, Grindelwald, Switzerland. http://www.actapress.com/Content_Of_Proceeding.aspx?ProceedingID=293

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2005): Overlaying Paper Maps with Digital Information Services for Tourists. In: Proceedings of ENTER 2005, 12th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel and Tourism January, 2005, Innsbruck, Austria.

Vogelsang, Axel, Signer, Beat (2005): The Lost Cosmonaut: An Interactive Narrative Environment on the Basis of Digitally Enhance. In: Subsol, Gérard (eds.) ICVS 2005 - Virtual Storytelling, Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Storytelling, Third International Conference November 30 - December 2, 2005, Strasbourg, France. pp. 270-279. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11590361_31

Belotti, Rudi, Decurtins, Corsin, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Vukelja, Ljiljana (2005): Experimental Platform for Mobile Information Systems. In: Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking August 28-September 2, 2005, Cologne, Germany. pp. 258-269. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1080829.1080856

Vogelsang, Axel, Signer, Beat (2005): The Lost Cosmonaut: An Interactive Narrative Environment on Basis. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Virtual Storytelling November 30-December 2, 2005, Strasbourg, France. pp. 270-279.

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2005): Information Server for Highly-Connected Cross-Media Publishing. In Information Systems, 30 (7) pp. .

Tallyn, Ella, Frohlich, David M., Linketscher, Nadja, Signer, Beat (2005): Using Paper to Support Collaboration in Educational ActivitiesUsing Paper to Support Colla. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning May 30-June 4, 2005, Taipai, Taiwan. pp. 672-676. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1149293.1149381

Luff, Paul, Heath, Christian, Norrie, Moira, Signer, Beat, Herdman, Peter (2004): Only touching the surface: creating affinities between digital content and paper. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW04 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work , 2004, . pp. 523-532. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1031607.1031695

Decurtins, Corsin, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Digital annotation of printed documents. In: Proceedings of the 2003 ACM CIKM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management November 2-8, 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. pp. 552-555. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/956863.956971

Decurtins, Corsin, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Putting the Gloss on Paper: A Framework for Cross-Media Annotation. In New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 9 (0) pp. 35-57. http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/openurl.asp?genre=article&issn=1361-4568&volume=9&issue=1&spage=35

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Issues of Information Semantics and Granularity in Cross-Media Publishing. In: Proceedings of CAiSE 2003, 15th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering June, 2003, Klagenfurt/Velden, Austria. http://springerlink.metapress.com/content/qwfb60gacjhxee4t/?p=34514b9df1ee49b6b508dac8aa5bd296&pi=0

Decurtins, Corsin, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Digital Annotation of Printed Documents. In: Proceedings of CIKM 2003, 12th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management November, 2003, New Orleans, USA.

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Switching over to Paper: A New Web Channel. In: Proceedings of WISE 2003, 4th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering December, 2003, Rome, Italy. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=960322.960449&coll=&dl=ACM&CFID=15151515&CFTOKEN=6184618

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C. (2003): Multi-layered cross-media linking. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext , 2003, . pp. 106-107. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/900051.900073

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C., Geissbuehler, Peter, Heiniger, Daniel (2002): Telephone Interface for Avalanche Warnings based on Information Server for Adaptable Conte. In: Proceedings of Pervasive 2002, International Conference on Pervasive Computing August, 2002, Zurich, Switzerland.

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2002): Web-Based Integration of Printed and Digital Information. In: Proceedings of DiWeb 2, 2nd Workshop on Data Integration over the Web May, 2002, Toronto, Canada.

Signer, Beat, Norrie, Moira C., Geissbuehler, Peter, Heiniger, Daniel (2002): Aural Interfaces to Databases based on VoiceXML. In: Proceedings of VDB6, 6th IFIP Working Conference on Visual Database Systems May, 2002, Brisbane, Australia.

Signer, Beat, Grossniklaus, Michael, Norrie, Moira C. (2001): Java Framework for Database-Centric Web Engineering. In: Proceedings of WebE 2001, 4th Workshop on Web Engineering, In conjunction with 10th World Wide Web Conference May, 2001, Hong Kong.

Kobler, Adrian, Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat, Grossniklaus, Michael (2001): OMS Java: Providing Information, Storage and Access Abstractions in an Object-Oriented Fra. In: Proceedings of OOIS 2002, 7th International Conference on Object-Oriented Information Systems August, 2001, Calgary, Canada.

Signer, Beat, Erni, Antonia, Norrie, Moira C. (2000): A Personal Assistant for Web Database Caching. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering June 5-9, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden. pp. 64-78. http://www.springerlink.com/content/w09aw28dexukcty9/

Norrie, Moira C., Signer, Beat (2003): Web-Based Integration of Printed and Digital Information. In: "Lecture Notes in Computer Science, LNCS 2590" .

Signer, Beat (eds.) Proceedings of CoPADD 2006, 1st Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents November, 2006, Banff, Canada.

Signer, Beat, Ponti, Patrick (eds.) Proceedings of CoPADD 2007, 2nd Workshop on Collaborating over Paper and Digital Documents November 9, 2007, London, UK.

Signer, Beat (2008): Fundamental Concepts for Interactive Paper and Cross-Media Information Spaces,