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Networking Centres of High Quality Research on Knowledge Technologies and Applications

Final Report Summary - HUBUSKA (Networking Centres of High Quality Research on Knowledge Technologies and Applications)

The project promoted the cooperation of educational and research institutes in area of knowledge technologies and their applications in e-learning, and accelerates the dissemination and application of the research results in the Member States and Associated Candidate Countries (ACCs), old Member States and enlarged Europe.

The current cooperation between the partner institutions was enhanced by means of visits, working meetings and joint workshops for presenting and analysing their research outcomes, experiments and best practice solutions. The project increased the societal impact of research results in the field of knowledge technologies, such as semantic web techniques, data and web mining, multi-agent technologies, embedded intelligence approaches. It exploited the educational potential of the embedded intelligence applications and the integration of web, digital TV and mobile technologies. The integration of high quality research institutions for exchange of research information, results and personnel in priority IST areas (semantic-based knowledge systems, technology-enhanced learning) was also an effective instrument for dissemination and deployment of knowledge intensive applications in the partner ACCs in their transition to the knowledge society.

The project organised workshops to present their activities and results. Open Workshop Generic Issues of Knowledge Technologies, was held in Budapest on 14 September 2005, just before the 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems CEEMAS, Budapest, from 15 to 17 September 2005.

The Third Open Workshop 'Methods and tools for development of semantic-enabled systems and services for multimedia content, interoperability and reusability' was organised at Klagenfurt University, Austria on 27 and 28 April 2006. Professor László Böszörményi invited as a keynote speaker professor Johann Günther from the St. Pölten University. He described the development and implementation of e-learning / e-teaching strategies at universities and universities of applied sciences. In Klagenfurt, the speakers presented several cases, the common results of research: MTA SZTAKI and University of Klagenfurt two papers, IMI BAS and IIT – BAS one paper. We could follow presentations of IIT – BAS: one, University of Klagenfurt: one and Novitech Partner: four. We had two poster presentations from University of Klagenfurt.

The presentations can be seen on our project website at http://www.hubuska.com and we have published the proceedings of the open workshops. The printed proceedings can be available directly from the project partners.

The partners created a pool of experts and stakeholders in their countries, involving them into the research process and informing them with the results to help their policy-making activities. We followed the research exchanges programmes young researchers were involved. Representatives of the partners visited research institute in EU to build up partnerships, and took part on conferences and seminars for disseminating the results. The coordinator MTA SZTAKI is the member of eLearning Industry Group- eLIG, and plays an active role.

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