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IMEanT: methods for dealing with meanings and intentions on interactive collaborative systems

Grant number: 14/14890-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): June 11, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Maria Cecilia Calani Baranauskas
Grantee:Julio Cesar dos Reis
Home Institution: Instituto de Computação (IC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Web mediated communication and collaboration in many cases result in situations of misunderstanding and disagreement, which are due to design problems of mechanisms for sharing meanings and intentions. These issues create barriers for users easily reaching their goals and properly manage, retrieve and interpret available content. We aim at studying how people can express and recognize meanings and intentions, while interacting with web systems, by considering an underlying computer-interpretable representation model as support. Firstly, we propose to define a formal model, which accounts for the combined computational representation of meanings and intentions. Secondly, we propose to investigate methods to design appropriate interactive mechanisms for a smooth capture of people's declared intentions. For this purpose, the project proposes experiments with groups of users to understand how they can comfortably express intentions on web-mediated systems. We aim to combine this empirical ground with a methodological and theoretical referential based on the Semiotics and Speech Acts theory to conceptualize our original approach and methods. We will carry out experimental validations to empirically assess the implemented prototypes in real application scenarios. Through this, we expect to achieve novel design techniques, interaction mechanisms and computational artifacts suited to enable users to express intentions during different moments of the interaction, without forcing people to comply with complex technology-oriented solutions. Our expected results might improve the effectiveness of collaborative web systems by considering semantic and pragmatic aspects. (AU)

Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DOS REIS, JULIO CESAR; BONACIN, RODRIGO; HORNUNG, HEIKO HORST; BARANAUSKAS, M. CECILIA C. Intenticons: Participatory selection of emoticons for communication o intentions. COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, v. 85, p. 146-162, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
DOS REIS, JULIO CESAR; BONACIN, RODRIGO; JENSEN, CRISTIANE JOSELY; HORNUNG, HEIKO HORST; CALANI BARANAUSKAS, MARIA CECILIA. Design of Interactive Mechanisms to Support the Communication of Users' Intentions. INTERACTING WITH COMPUTERS, v. 30, n. 4, p. 315-335, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BEN ABACHA, ASMA; DOS REIS, JULIO CESAR; MRABET, YASSINE; PRUSKI, CEDRIC; DA SILVEIRA, MARCOS. Towards natural language question generation for the validation of ontologies and mappings. JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL SEMANTICS, v. 7, AUG 8 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DOS REIS, JULIO CESAR; PRUSKI, CEDRIC; DA SILVEIRA, MARCOS; REYNAUD-DELAITRE, CHANTAL. DyKOSMap: A framework for mapping adaptation between biomedical knowledge organization systems. JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS, v. 55, p. 153-173, JUN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.

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