- 24 MayProf. Kas Oosterhuis lectures at Polypodium (Beirut Design Week)
- 07 MayDr. Nimish Biloria to serve as a Panelist at the Trans-Arch-Edu-03, Izmir, Turkey
- 20 AprDr Nimish Biloria and PhD candidate Jia Rey Chang publish paper on Swarm Scapes in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science
- 20 AprAlex Liu Cheng and Henriette Bier publish paper on An Extended Ambient Intelligence Implementation for Enhanced Human-Space Interaction
- 20 AprTextrinium exhibited at Center for European Textile Innovation (CETI)
- 18 AprDr. Nimish Biloria appointed as the Scientific Committee member for the ACADIA 2016-Posthuman Frontiers conference, USA.
- 13 AprDr.-Ing. Henriette Bier and PhD-cand. Sina Mostafavi speak at 3rd Digital Knowledge Study Day addressing the question Robots and/or Architecture?
- 14 MarSina Mostafavi and Henriette Bier publish paper on D2RP in Springer's Rob|Arch 2016.
- 17 Feb Prof. Kas Oosterhuis will lecture at The Royal Flemmish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts on Wednesday 17th February at 14:30
- 01 Feb1-3 February Henriette Bier is distinguished visiting scientist in Digital Ecologies at IMSE
Achilleas Psyllidis's project "ROUTE – Route Ontology of Urban Transportation Entities" wins the 1st Prize in the LD4SC-15 – Linked Open Data for Smart Cities Summer School.
The goal of the project was to generate and publish an existing large-scale open dataset as Linked Open Data, in order to be used more efficiently in several Smart City applications. In particular, the ROUTE project had as use case the open dataset of the Athens urban transportation network, provided by the OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization), OSY (Road Transportation), and STASY (Urban Railways) companies. The data include the full network of stops and routes for bus, trolley, metro, subway, tram, and commuter rail, as well as the start- and endpoints, intermediate stops, and full timetable of all the aforementioned means of transport. They consist of approximately 2.1 million individual records, distributed across 9 different data subsets.
At present, these publicly available data comprise a 3-star dataset, based on the Tim Berners-Lee open data deployment scheme. Subsequently, they present several limitations in terms of applicability and further usability in Smart City applications. The goal was thus to upgrade them to a 5-star dataset, fulfilling all the Linked Data principles.
The ROUTE project followed the complete Linked Data cycle, from specification, to ontology-based data modeling, RDF triples generation, linking to external datasets, publication, and finally exploitation and use in semantic web applications for cities.
For the data modeling part, the Route Ontology of Urban Transportation Entities (ROUTE) was developed, comprising 261 Entities, reusing 2 existing ontologies, and aligned with 15 external structured vocabularies for Linked Data. The ontology formally describes public urban transportation routes. It also describes concepts pertinent to trip services, pickup and drop-off types, time intervals, frequency, geographical information about stops, among other related concepts. The ROUTE Ontology further offers multilingual support, as its main concepts and object properties are available in English, French, Greek, and Irish. Using ontology matching and alignment techniques it allowed for the establishment of links between the various data sets and facilitated the data mapping process. The result was the generation of approximately 4.6 million RDF triples that were published to the Linked Open Data Cloud (LOD Cloud).
The resulting triples were further linked to relevant open datasets, so as to allow the performance of complex queries. In this way, the data can provide more meaningful information for inclusion in Smart City applications, as well as for planning and decision-making purposes.
The project was developed in collaboration with Matthew Horrigan (PhD Candidate, University College Dublin), Oudom Kem (PhD Candidate, EMSE), and Diarmuid Ryan (Computer Scientist, University College Dublin).
The 1st Summer School on Smart Cities and Linked Open Data (LD4SC-15) targeted researchers and professionals from both industry and academia, with the goal of using Linked Open Data technologies in the domain of Smart Cities. It was the first one organized in this topic worldwide and was supported by the READY4SmartCities FP7 Coordination and Support Action. It was organized by the Ontology Engineering Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), and was further sponsored by the SWIMing (Semantic Web for Information Modeling in Energy Efficient Buildings) H2020 project.
LD4SC-15 was held from June 7 to June 12, 2015 in Cercedilla, Madrid, Spain.