Continuing the Australia - Denmark collaborations

December 13 / 126

From left to right: Nirojan Srikandarajah, Umachanger Brinthaparan, Dr Jon Pearce, Stephan Rasmussen, Lars Lichon.
From left to right: Nirojan Srikandarajah, Umachanger Brinthaparan, Dr Jon Pearce, Stephan Rasmussen, Lars Lichon.

Four Danish students studying at the Melbourne School of Engineering have developed an app, ChiFish, to help conference attendees more easily select sessions and peruse the ones they may like to attend.

Nirojan Srikandarajah, Umachanger Brinthaparan, Stephan Rasmussen and Lars Lichon, from Aalborg University in Denmark, spent second semester this year at the Department of Computing and Information Systems completing the final year of their degrees.

Their supervisor, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) Dr Jon Pearce, said the application was put to the test at a recent conference in Adelaide and was a big hit with attendees.

“The app, ChiFish, let delegates at the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference OzCHI 2013 conference explore papers being presented, read abstracts and full papers, and save a plan of what they wish to attend,” he said.

“It was adopted as the official way for delegates to explore the OzCHI program.

Dr Pearce said the students were eager to do some software development work while in Australia, and this project was an ideal challenge for their design and development skills.

The software was built on work researchers at CIS had been doing for a few years which focuses on exploratory systems. They have been developing the back-end of this system called iFISH, which they describe as an ‘exploration engine’.

“The system addressees the problem in finding things online: Searching is easy - use Google - but when exploring, you often don’t know what you are looking for. This requires a different kind of experience,” Dr Pearce said.

“The iFISH engine matches users’ personal preferences (in this case, things that they might be thinking of when they are deciding what presentation they want to attend) with attributes of the objects (in this case, presentations and their written papers).”

Dr Pearce and the CIS team are now working with libraries to use their ‘exploration engine’ to help young readers find new books to read.

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