Global Smart Spaces | IST-2000-26070

GLOSS aims to investigate the barriers, both user-centred and technical, to the construction of flexible and powerful living and working environments for all European citizens. GLOSS aims to do this by integrating seamlessly many services (application services, information supply, customised interfaces) within a range of living and working environments. It will do this by paying close attention to the interaction between user, space, device, and information. GLOSS aims to provide information technology that respects social norms - allowing established ways of interaction to be generated or saved as required. We will provide systems support for interaction between people, devices and environments which take account of different applications and devices, as the context of their use changes.

GLOSS will achieve its objectives by bringing together a creative mix of architects, device experts, information experts, and human-computer interaction experts to develop coherent mobility and interaction mechanisms.

The goal of the GLOSS project is to make computing systems cognitively and physically disappear. GLOSS will provide a theoretical framework and a technological infrastructure to support emerging functionality paradigms for user interactions that remain appropriate and consistent over time, dependent on location. Moreover, the GLOSS project will go beyond current research foci of local interaction and local mobility, to investigate smart spaces in a global context. GLOSS will enhance natural interaction with physical architectural environments by providing location-sensitive user interactions through a cohesive movement/activity map supported by networks of information. GLOSS will develop a framework for technology to adapt to the user by understanding where information is presented and how it should be presented, where devices are controlled and how they should be personalised, and when this should all occur, in an integrated information landscape that varies from outdoor to indoor activities, public to private spheres, home and work environments.




Strathclyde University
Dept. of Computer Science,
Livingstone Tower,
26 Richmond Street,
Glasgow G1 1XH
Scotland, UK
Contact:Alan Munro
Mobile: +44 7973 42 69 32,
office: +44 141 548 4525,
fax: ++44 141 552 5330

Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland, UK


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