Summary of Research Project Results under JSPS FY2003
"Research for the Future Program"

1.Research Institution Hokkaido University
2.Research Area Physical and Engineering Sciences
3.Research Field Intuitive Human Interface
4.Term of Project FY 1999 - FY 2003
5.Project Number 99P01403
6.Title of Project Intuitive Human Interface for Organizing and Accessing Intellectual Assets

7.Project Leader
Name Institution,Department Title of Position
Yuzuru,Tnaka Hokkaido University,Graduate Scool of Entineering Professor

8.Core Members

Names Institution,Department Title of Position
Toshio,kawashima Future University-Hakodate,Faculty of System Informattion Science Professor
Koichi,Hori The University of Tokyo,Graduate School of Engineering Professor

9.Summary of Research Results

Over the next ten years, all kinds of intellectual resources ranging from science and technology through to everyday information will be expressed using electronic media, and we expect these resources will be redistributed and re-edited over networks to form large-scale accumulations at the levels of individuals and societies. To handle this, we need to change from information organization and access based on rational, logical consideration and inference, to organization and access techniques that make maximum use of humans' intuitive sensibilities. In this project we integrated theories of information design, media structure, and basic knowledge engineering, pursuing access-architecture-based research and development of human interfaces. We studied the following areas: (1) visual design and construction methods for media spaces, (2) data science approach to intuitive interfaces, (3) information-access formulation process and a system to support it, (4) design and production of media spaces, and narrative databases, (5) theories and simulation of intuition, (6) mechanisms for augmentation of information reception ability. We have aobtained the following achievements.
(1) Establishment of the architecture and application frameworks of media spaces for exchanging, reediting, redistributing, annotating, reorganizing, and accessing intellectual assets.

(a) Web application linkage technology based on meme media architectures to reedt and to redistribute Web contents including tools and services so that they mutually interoperate.

(b) Relational annotation framework to reorganize Web access structures: Topica Framework

(c) Context-based information organization and access framework based on meme media architectures, and application of information design approach.
(2) Establishment of data science tool frameworks for the visualization of DB and Web contents based on researchers' mental models.
(3) Development of computer-aided access formulation systems, and their field evaluation.
(4) Narrative database theories based on event-sequence modeling and semantic generalization.
(5) Theoretical model for goal change phenomena in intuitive information access processes based on Nonmonotonic reasoning.
(6) Theoretical modeling of human's information reception ability, and its application to rapid reading support systems.
(7) Integration of all these achievements into a single framework based on meme media architectures.
Achievements in (1) and (2) were published as: Tanaka, Y.: Meme Media and Meme Market Architectures, IEEE Press and John Wiley, 2004 (497 pages). All the above achievements will be published as a volume of LNAI series from Springer Verlag in July 2004.

10.Key Words
(1)meme media  (2)information organization   (3)access space
(4)intuitive interface  (5)access formulation process   (6)data science tool
(7)information design  (8)narrative database   (9)rapid-reading support