2nd Technical Partner Project Meeting in Munich

The Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) hosted from the 9th and 11th of February 2015 in Munich the second technical project partner meeting to discuss the next big development steps for the upcoming user studies in the lab. The three day workshop was very intense with a lot of fruitful discussion but also motivating for the upcoming activities.

In the project meeting the following partner participated the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Computer Science Department of the University of Salzburg (Austria), University of St. Gallen from Switzerland, Institut für Rundfunktechnik and Evision GmbH from Germany.

TVX 2015 Workshop on People, Context, and Devices – Defining the New Landscape of TV Experiences

IRT and PLUS are organizing together with our interest group partner KU Leuven and people from YouTube, CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and a Dutch Public Broadcaster a workshop at this years TVX Conference in Brussels. The topic is “People, Context, and Devices: Defining the New Landscape of TV Experiences”.

Modern technologies (e.g., tablet, smartphone, large public displays) remove many of the constraints that define the scope of what television is or can be, but we often define it based upon our prior TV experiences with broadcast and cable television. This one-day workshop at TVX 2015 will address design challenges and opportunities (e.g., of video streams, social TV apps, second screens) in order to consolidate existing knowledge to describe the changing landscape of TV experiences. It’s time to redefine what we think of when we say “television,” and this workshop will engage participants in that process.

Our workshop will bring together academics and industry practitioners to foster debate, share experiences, and advance theory, in order to support future innovation. The day will be divided into two portions led by different organizations:
1) Members of the University of Salzburg and KU Leuven, in collaboration with three industry practitioners, will lead a discussion about lessons learned through practice or research, and best practices.
2) Members of the YouTube User Experience team will lead an interactive working session to enumerate and characterize key facets of the developing landscape of TV experiences, culminating in the creation of a framework that will inform and foster innovation.

This workshop is for academics and professionals who have experience in TV UX. It encourages interdisciplinary discussions and aims to include researchers and practitioners in the fields of content creation, interaction design, user interface design, computer science, psychology, cognitive science, and sociology, etc. Through this two-part workshop, we aim to bring together experts to discuss lessons from previous work, and articulate and challenge existing assumptions.

For more information please visit the workshop homepage.

Project and Review Meeting in Munich

On the 19th and 20th of January 2015 the fourth consortium meeting of the GeTVivid project took place in Munich. The central goal of the project meeting was to provide an overview of all ongoing activities in the project, as well as to discuss open issues. At the meeting on the first day, we prepared the mid-term review that took place on the 20th of January in the morning. Karina Marcus (director of the AAL central management unit), Gerda Geyer (Austrian NCP from FFG), Stephan Richter (German NCP from VDE/VDI), Claire Dové (Swiss NCP from SERI) and two international reviewers evaluated the progress of the project and provided feedback. During the reviews meeting the results of the requirements investigation and user studies were presented by PLUS and the three end user organization (EURAG, CURAVIVA and VMKN). The technical partners (PLUS, USG, IRT, EVISION and ISOIN) provided an overview about the system architecture and demonstrated together with two end user organization (EURAG and CURAVIVA) the current status of the GeTVivid platform. Finally, ISOIN presented the business model cases that the consortium came up with after the business requirements investigation and competitor analysis. Overall, the review went very well and we received a lot of positive feedback as well as constructive input for future considerations in order to make the project a success and to actually reach the market. In the afternoon, all partners together reflected on the mid-term review and discussed the next steps as well as activities.

The following project partners were represented at the meeting, i.e., Manfred Tscheligi, Christiane Moser and Thomas Kargl from the Center for Human-Computer Interaction as well as Bernhard Collini-Nocker, Bernhard Feldbacher and Josef Seibl from the Computer Science Department of the University of Salzburg (Austria), Manuel Eisele from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Micheal Eitelberg and Nasser Altaani from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH (Germany), Victor Sanchez and Elisa Jimeno from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L. (Spain) and Ralf Neudel, Fabian Schiller and Matteo Harutunian from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (Germany), who hosted the project and review meeting in Munich. From the end-user organizations participated Eveline Hirsbrunner from CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen (Switzerland), Eva Reithner from EURAG (Austria), Petra Schaller from the Verein für Menschen mit körperlicher Behinderung (Germany).

First Interest Group Member

The project consortium decided to initiate an interest group after different partners have experssed their interst in the project. The interest group will consist of experts in the area of TV production, broadcasting, telecommunication, home care, etc. that help us with their expertise and knowledge to expedite research on the highest international level. It is important for us to get various perspectives and viewpoints involved in the project, therefore, the interest group is made up of different experts and scientists from several disciplines and fields.

As a first partner we are happy to announce the research group around David Geerts ‘Social Spaces’ from the Centre for User Experience Research (CUO) at KU Leuven and iMinds. David is specialized in user-centered design and evaluation of future ICT applications, such as social interactive television, serious games and social media, working on several local and EU projects. He is member of the IFIP TC14 WG6 on Entertainment Computing, is part of the TVX steering committee and is general chair of the ACM international conference on interactive experience for television and online video (TVX2015).

Project Meeting in Nürnberg

On the 18th and 19th of September 2014 the third consortium meeting of the GeTVivid project took place in Nürnberg. The central goal of the third GeTVivid project meeting was to provide an overview of all ongoing activities in the project, as well as to discuss open issues. At the meeting on the first day, an overview of the upcoming end user evaluation was giving and the results from the first evaluation (i.e., design workshops) were presented and discussed. During the meeting, the iterated user interface design sketches were presented and all technical partners provided an update on their developments throughout the last months. In the afternoon, the Verein für Menschen mit körperlicher Behinderung organized a get together with their end users, where the current prototype was demonstrated and upcoming activities were introduced for them. The TV for the demonstration was provided by the Radio Eck a local shop providing radio and television technologies.

 

The social event in the evening started with a guided walk through Nürnberg to see the main sights. The evening faded out with a nice dinner and some drinks.

 

On the second day, first insights from the business requirements analyses were presented and how to proceed in order to develop first business case models in the upcoming months. Additionally, the scrum user stories for the development of the system were iterated in order to plan the upcoming sprints. The technical partners had lots of good and intense discussions.

The following project partners were represented at the meeting, i.e. Christiane Moser and Bernhard Maurer from the ICT&S Center as well as Bernhard Feldbacher from the Computer Science Department of the University of Salzburg (Austria), Manuel Eisele from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Fabian Schiller and Matteo Harutunian from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (Germany), Micheal Eitelberg and Nasser Altaani from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH (Germany), Victor Sanchez and Juan Bautista Martin from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L. (Spain). From the end-user organizations participated Eveline Hirsbrunner from CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen (Switzerland), Eva Reithner from EURAG (Austria), Petra Schaller and Harald Konschewitz, who hosted the project meeting, at the Verein für Menschen mit körperlicher Behinderung (Germany).

AAL Forum Bucharest (Romania)

From the 9th until the 12th of September this year’s AAL forum took place in in Bucharest, Romania (http://www.aalforum.eu). The annual event serves as a platform for the European AAL community and aims at meeting and discussing AAL solutions and how to adopt them in the market. The title of this year’s edition was “Broader, bigger, better – AAL solutions for Europe”.The AAL Project GeTVivid was represented at the AAL Forum by Christiane Moser from University of Salzburg, Matteo Harutunian from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, Micheal Eitelberg and Nasser Altaani from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH, Victor Sanchez, Anna Palaiologk, Elisa Jimeno and Alejandro Garcia Marchena from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L.

A first interactive demo of the GeTVivid platform on the TV and tablet was presented at the booth of the ICT&S Center.

Additionally, Christiane Moser held a talk about how Value Proposition meets the Values in Action approach. She introduced how the business and end user perspectives can be brought together, i.e., how the knowledge from the end user research (Values in Action approach developed at the ICT&S Center) can be transferred into the Values Proposition (part of the Business Model Canvas).

Design Workshops with End Users

In June and July the three end user organisations carried out design workshops in order to evaluate our first design sketches. Therefore, the first video prototpye was used in order to illustrate the interaction between the TV and tablet, next to a klickable prototype for the tablet.

EURAG Austria carried out two design workshops : one in the countryside with 2 seniors and one in the EURAG office with 4 people. All in all people were interested in what the system could provide and how helpful it would be in later life –  even if the 2 seniors living in the countryside were worrying about a lack of availability of services in their region. But all of them really liked the easy way how to use the system on the tablet which was self-explaining for them. A few suggestions were made to improve the design and most participants  are very curious how the process of the development of the platform is going on and want to be furthermore included in the project.

 

CURAVIVA carried out two design workshops in care homes in Switzerland. In each care home always the same 5-6 persons participate in the workshops. So they were curious to see the progress of the platform. The video gave them a good overview over what is possible and how to handle the tablet. The participants are all over 80 years old and not really familiar with the use of tablets. But with a little help they could handle it and were very interested to click from page to page. They look forward to use the “real” platform and to place orders and offers.

VMKN also organized a workshop with 5 participants aged between 68 and 79 years. In principle the platform was noticed as very easy in handling. The user interface was simple and operated intuitively. But they missed an alert-button in case of abuse of the platform or if somebody is in distress. They required as well getting in contact with individual persons, like a messaging system. After that a lively discussion about data security and costs of the system sparked. There is a concern of abuse of the platform. The seniors are anxious to be spied out by a third party and they are worried about their personal safety. They desire an administrator who controls saves the platform and its users. The seniors also mentioned many doubts about the costs of the system. They asked about the financing of the platform. The seniors fear that they could not afford the system because of high costs and low income. But in principle the development of the platform is welcome and the seniors are very interested in the progress of the project.

Project Meeting in Seville

On the 24th and 25th of March 2014 the second consortium meeting of the GeTVivid project took place in Seville. The central goal of the second GeTVivid project meeting was to provide an overview of all ongoing activities in the project, as well as to discuss open issues. At the meeting an overview of the results of the requirements analysis was presented and the two developed Personas Anna and Frank were introduced. The personas should now guide the development of the system. During the meeting, the scrum user stories for the development of the system were discussed as well as first user interface design sketches. For the first sprint two user stories were selected and reviewed in more detail to start with the implementation. Furthermore, first insights from the business requirements analyses were presented and two business cases were selected that should be investigated in more detail in the upcoming months. The social event in the evening started with a guided walk through Seville to see the main sights. The evening faded out with a nice dinner and traditional Spanish food.

The following project partners were represented at the meeting, i.e. Christiane Moser from the ICT&S Center and Christoph Ortner from the Computer Science Department of the University of Salzburg (Austria), Philipp Osl and Manuel Eisele from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Fabian Schiller from the Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (Germany), Micheal Eitelberg and Christoph Begall from Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH (Germany), Victor Sanchez, Salvador, Rivas Gil, Alejandro Garcia, Anna Palailogk and some more colleageus from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L. (Spain), who hosted the meeting in Seville. From the end-user organizations Eveline Hirsbrunner from CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen (Switzerland) and Eva Reithner from EURAG (Austria) participated.