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Cultural heritage appreciation is a privileged area of application for innovative, natural – language centred applications. In this paper we discuss some of the opportunities and challenges with a specific view of intelligent information presentation, that takes into account the user characteristics and behaviour and the context of the interaction. We make(More)
So called intractable conflicts may benefit from more modest and socially oriented approaches than those based on classical conflict resolution techniques. This paper is inspired by theories on small group intervention in a conflict. The general claim is that participants may achieve a greater understanding of and appreciation for the other's viewpoint(More)
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 3-week intervention in which a co-located cooperation enforcing interface, called StoryTable, was used to facilitate collaboration and positive social interaction for six children, aged 8–10 years, with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The intervention focused on exposing pairs of children to an enforced(More)
One of the hardest points in context-aware applications is deciding what reactions a system has to a certain context. In this paper, we introduce an architecture used in two context-aware museum guides. We discuss how the context is modelled and we briefly present a rule-based mechanism to trigger system actions. A rule-based system offers the flexibility(More)
Affective computing is advancing as a field that allows a new form of human computer interaction, in addition to the use of natural language. There is a wide perception that the future of human-computer interaction is in themes such as entertainment, emotions, aesthetic pleasure, motivation, attention, engagement, etc. Studying the relation between natural(More)
In traditional natural language systems, the channel of communication between the user and the system was a narrow and constraining device. In many areas natural Ian guage-based information access requires the possibility for the user of exploring the domain and a system's comfortable habitability. The present work presents a rationale for building(More)
One desirable aspect of a syntactic parser is being meaningful (i.e., contributing to incremental interpretation) during the process of parsing and not only at the end of it. This becomes even more important when dealing with flexible word order languages, where the number of alternatives in parsing may grow dangerously. One such parser is WEDNESDAY 2. It(More)