New international W3C working group Model-Based User Interfaces (MBUI) under the direction of DFKI

Be a part right from the start and define modeling standards of future web-based user interfaces together with the DFKI!

Berlin, Germany, http://www.w3c.de— 7th February 2012 — The continuously growing number of different mobile devices represents a challenge for developers of web-based user interfaces and web applications. Not only an application for a platform has to be developed, but also an application with a variety of user interfaces (with different screen sizes, graphics libraries, resources, etc.) for diverse devices.

First, it is extremely different to fulfill the defined requirements and to be at the same time consistent with regard to functionality and presentation across multiple platforms. Second, the development of applications for different platforms implies that the developers have to know a wide variety of programming languages and methods. In addition, the companies and developers work under immense cost and time pressures because of short development cycles.

The research in the field of model-based user interfaces development addresses these challenges in order to save time and money by the implementation of a multi-layer, model-based architecture for multi-platform applications.

Are you interested to join us? Just write an email to Gerrit.Meixner@dfki.de.

The first face-to-face meeting of international experts takes place on 9th and 10th February 2012 at DFKI Kaiserslautern (http://www.w3.org/wiki/MBUI_WG_Face_to_Face,_KaisersLautern_2012). International scientists and practitioners are taking part at the meeting to develop standards in the field of the model-based development of web-based user interfaces. DFKI heads the newly established, international working group called Model-Based User Interfaces (MBUI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The working group MBUI (http://www.w3.org/2011/mbui/) directed by Dr. Gerrit Meixner aims to achieve uniform and internationally valid standards as a basis for the cooperation of development tools for context-sensitive web-based user interfaces (http://www.w3.org/2011/01/mbui-wg-charter).

DFKI participates with two modeling languages developed within the framework of the research at DFKI in the standardization process.

More information about the model-based user interfaces is available in the final report of the previous MBUI Incubator group:

More information about the event can be found here: http://www.w3.org/wiki/MBUI_WG_Face_to_Face,_KaisersLautern_2012

About the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH)

Since its foundation in 1988, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen and supplemented by a project office in Berlin, has become the world’s leading research center in this field. The financial budget in 2010 was more than 36 million Euro. DFKI projects cover the whole spectrum from application-oriented basic research to market- and client-oriented design of product functions. Currently more than 400 employees from 60 countries are conducting research focusing on Knowledge Management, Cyber-Physical Systems, Robotics Innovation Center, Innovative Retail Laboratory, Institute for Information Systems, Embedded Intelligence, Agents and Simulated Reality, Augmented Vision, Language Technology, intelligent User interfaces,Innovative Factory Systems. Impact: more than 50 professorships of former DFKI employees, and 57 spin-off companies with more than 1,300 highly qualified jobs.

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 325 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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