Name of presenter(s)
Samuel Latt Epstein
Daniel K. Schneider
Proposed Tutorial Title
WOO: Web Object Oriented
WOO: Web Object Oriented - Building Collaborative Adaptive Information Systems
- E-mail address
- Mailing address
University of Geneva
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
9 route de Drize
- Phone number
+ 41 22 705 96 94
- Fax number
+ 41 22 342 89 24
is a Teaching Assistant and Postgraduate Student with
Department of Psychology at the University of Nottingham, UK.
His interests lie with
personalised information systems, that is making information accessible to people
in the way they need it. This includes hypertext, adaptive systems,
knowlege representation, navigation in electronic spaces and customisation
of information spaces.
This work was carried out as part of
Gavin Bell's PhD under the supervision of Dr. Claire O'Malley.
Samuel Latt Epstein
is presently Dir., Hypermedia Development for
Network. Two decades of interactive hypermedia research
and development include participation in: Microware's OS-9, Microsoft
Windows 1.0, Picosof iDRIVE, CDi, CD-R recordable CD, and numerous
realtime control and graphical systems and exhibitions. Online in
1975 (CBBS) and on the internet in 1983, Epstein focuses on making
internet and hypermedia solutions widely accessible to individuals and
business through affordable and easy to use, collaborative user
interfaces using pc's, macintosh and unix computers.
SenseMedia presently provides commercial hypermedia services
throughout the world from our Pacific Rim distributed hub and personal
internet dialup to the islands of Hawai'i.
K. Schneider, is a research associate
at the Educational Technology Unit
(TECFA), School of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University
of Geneva, Switzerland. His current research interests include computer
mediated communication and information tools on the Internet. In the
past he has worked on intelligent learning environments (AI &
education) and cognitive modeling. He is a trained political scientist
and wrote a Ph.D on modeling political decision makers. Email: email@example.com.
Dr. Marcus Speh
is with the Advanced Development Group
of Andersen Consulting.
Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral fellow for
theoretical and computational particle physics
at the German High Energy Physics laboratory DESY
(Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) in
Since October 1994, he is the chairman of the board of directors for the
Globewide Network Academy, a consortium of schools and colleges on the
internet. He is also an Hon Fellow at Birkbeck College, London.
is a Teaching Assistant and Postgraduate Student in
Intelligence Research Group in the Department of Psychology,
Nottingham University, UK. Her research interests include
organisational information systems, design rationale, computer
supported collaborative work and other forms of adaptive collaborative
information systems. This work was carried out as part of Jenifer Tennison's PhD under the supervision of Professor Nigel Shadbolt
Description of Tutorial
"WOO" stands for both "WEB Object Oriented" and "W3 + MOO". MOOs are a
variant of text-based virtual realities also known as MUDS (Multi-User
Dimensions or Dungeons). WOOs or Webbed MOOs combine the flexibility
of the MOOs with the WWW's ability to deliver structured text,
multi-media and interactive forms over the Internet. A webbed MOO thus
acts as a flexible HTTPD server. The purpose of this tutorial is to
introduce Webbed MOO Technology to a wider audience at both the
conceptual and technical level.
We will address in particular the following topics:
- Collaborative Work with Webbed MOOs
- Adaptive Information Systems
- Webbed MOOs in Education and Training
- Interactive Collaborative Learning Environments
- Corporate and Commercial Issues
Details on talks are here
Speaker: Daniel K. Schneider.
- Collaborative Teleworking for Distributed and Multinational
Speakers: Jenifer Tennison and Samuel Latt Epstein.
This talk will focus on the use of WOO in group work on longterm projects within large companies.
- New Century Marketing - Focusing Your Message For The Global
Speakers: Samuel Latt Epstein and Jenifer Tennison.
How WOO might be used to present commercial information over the web by
adapting to the user.
- Adaptive Hypermedia and CSCW Systems
Speaker: Gavin Bell.
How WOO could be used to give users a personalised view of information
space by maintaining user models.
- Virtual Worlds for Education and Research
Speaker: Daniel K. Schneider.
will present first a short overview on MUDs used for research and
education and discuss various "uses" of text-based VR technologies for
learning, teaching and support of research work.
- WOOs in corporate training
Speaker: Marcus Speh.
A discussion of the
benefits of WOOs to commercial organizations with the need for corporate
half day (other possibilities can be considered)
The tutorial notes will cover each talk in more detail and also point
to resources available over the Internet.
Yes we plan to prepare a chapter containing the materials used for the tutorial.
It will differ from the tutorial outline above in 2 ways: It will contain
more technical materials and it will be organized differently (to fit into
a book chapter).
There are several groups of people that may be interested in attending.
Attendees will learn about the scope of application for webbed MOOs
and will receive pointers to more information if they are interested
in investigating it further. Basic familiary on how a Web server operates
is required but no prior knowledge on webbed Moos.
- Computer Supported Cooperative Work/Learning researchers
- Educational Technologists and educators
- Organisational Information Systems/Design Rationale researchers
- People interested in MOOs
- People interested in web access to Object oriented data stores
- People interested in adaptive web access