Context Aware Browser

Staff - Faculty of Informatics

Start date: 17 February 2010

End date: 18 February 2010

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Stefano Mizzaro

DATE: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, room SI-008, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 15.30

I will present the Context Aware Browser, a novel paradigm for context-aware access to Web contents with mobile devices. The idea is to allow automatic download of Web pages, and even automatic execution of Web applications, on user's own mobile device. The Web resources are not simply pushed on the mobile device; rather, they are selected on the basis of the context the user is in: context data (mainly location, but not only) are used to build a query sent to an external search engine, that selects the most relevant Web content.
I will describe the idea, provide some examples, show a video of a recently implemented prototype, present some implementation issues, discuss our specific evaluation methodology and the results, and sketch future work and problems. This is an ongoing project, started about five years ago; it is joint work with the Context Aware and Mobile Systems laboratory ( and the MoBe Ltd. spinoff ( at Udine University.

Stefano Mizzaro obtained his full marks degree in Computer Science in 1992 at Udine University with a thesis on computational linguistics (more specifically, pragmatics), and his PhD in Engineering of Information at the University of Trieste in 1997 with a thesis on
information retrieval. Since 2006 he is Associate Professor at the University of Udine. His research interests are on information access, with a broad perspective, both at conceptual and experimental levels, with particular emphasis on information retrieval evaluation and information access by means of mobile devices. He published more than 70 refereed papers, several of them as a single author; he has received two international awards, for two best papers; he published two books on the Java programming language; he has been visiting Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK) in 1999 and 2006 for 7 months in total. He is co-founder of MoBe Ltd., a spinoff company dealing with software and services for mobile devices.

HOST: Prof. Fabio Crestani