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Bernhaupt R.,ICS | Bernhaupt R.,ICS Group | Pirker M.M.,Ruwido Austria
Behaviour and Information Technology | Year: 2014

There are a growing number of smart phone applications allowing the user to control their television, set-top box or other entertainment devices. The success of these applications is limited. Based on findings from media studies in Austria and France focusing on how people currently use their TV and iTV systems and associated devices, this article describes recommendations for the design of a smart phone application enabling users to control Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) systems including all connected entertainment devices. Recommendations include the need to allow users to control devices that are related to the IPTV experience (not only the set-top box or television set) and the focus on scenarios of usage like supporting listening to music, enjoying a movie or controlling the connected home. Based on similarities and differences found in the two samples, future smart phone applications for controlling TV will only succeed if they provide meaningful functionalities that satisfy the (varying) user needs, support personalisation and personal usage and respect the limitations of mobile phones with respect to possible parallel activities performed. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


Navarro J.,ICS Group | Marijuan P.C.,ICS Group
TripleC | Year: 2011

Any living cell parasitizing a host organism is immersed into a molecular environment of unfathomable complexity. For the advancement of its life cycle in such "hostile" a territory, the cell has to carefully sense its environment, "see" the ongoing physiological processes taking place, and guide subsequently its own network of self-construction processes, pathological responses included. We will discuss how this informational matching occurs in the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and how transcriptional programs within the global transcriptional regulatory network are deployed in response to specific signals from the environment and from within the cell itself. In the era of the bioinformatic revolution and of systems biology, it is perhaps surprising that the functional interconnection between the transcription network and the signaling system is far from clarified yet. In the extent to which the living cell can be considered as one of the central paradigms of the nascent information science, this discussion also becomes one about the essential cluster of concepts which should potentially apply to the analysis of other information-based entities.


Bernhaupt R.,ICS Group | Manciet F.,ICS Group | Pirker M.,Ruwido UX Research Neumarkt
Proceedings of ATACCS 2015 - 5th International Conference on Application and Theory of Automation in Command and Control Systems | Year: 2015

If automation in a system is accepted by users is depending on the perceived usefulness and ease of use of the system. How and if user experience has an effect on acceptance is less explored. Goal of this research was to investigate how user experience is changing when a system is automating articulatory tasks. To investigate this relationship we used a case study from the field of interactive television (TV), automating the task of transferring a movie from the TV to the tablet or providing automatically information on the tablet for the movie running on the TV. The automation was indicated for all the tasks by simply bringing a remote control close to the device. Results show that automation in articulatory tasks has a direct positive influence on the overall user experience (UX) and thus is a candidate to further enhance automation acceptance models.© 2015 ACM.


Volkert T.,ICS Group | Mitschele-Thiel A.,ICS Group
2012 IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2012 - Digital Proceedings | Year: 2012

This paper proposes a proof-of-concept demonstration of the hierarchical routing management (HRM) system as a new routing management approach for application requirement oriented routing. Its main goal is the improvement of packet routing in order to optimize networks for future multimedia streaming. Application data streams are directed by the HRM system along paths, which provide only those network resources which are actually needed. This leads to an improved quality of experience (QoE) of received multimedia streams. © 2012 IEEE.


Haylen B.T.,University of New South Wales | Haylen B.T.,ICS Group | De Ridder D.,University Hospital | De Ridder D.,ICS Group | And 14 more authors.
Neurourology and Urodynamics | Year: 2010

Introduction: Next to existing terminology of the lower urinary tract, due to its increasing complexity, the terminology for pelvic floor dysfunction in women may be better updated by a female-specific approach and clinically based consensus report. Methods: This report combines the input of members of the Standardization and Terminology Committees of two international organizations, the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), and the International Continence Society (ICS), assisted at intervals by many external referees. Appropriate core clinical categories and a subclassification were developed to give an alphanumeric coding to each definition. An extensive process of 15 rounds of internal and external review was developed to exhaustively examine each definition, with decision-making by collective opinion (consensus). Results: A terminology report for female pelvic floor dysfunction, encompassing over 250 separate definitions, has been developed. It is clinically based with the six most common diagnoses defined. Clarity and user-friendliness have been key aims to make it interpretable by practitioners and trainees in all the different specialty groups involved in female pelvic floor dysfunction. Femalespecific imaging (ultrasound, radiology, and MRI) has been a major addition while appropriate figures have been included to supplement and help clarify the text. Ongoing review is not only anticipated but will be required to keep the document updated and as widely acceptable as possible. Conclusion: A consensus-based terminology report for female pelvic floor dysfunction has been produced aimed at being a significant aid to clinical practice and a stimulus for research. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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