Madeira-ITI has recently received the ITEA Excellence Award 2013 in the category of standardisation, for the developments achieved in the European project UsiXML. This award is the recognition of the contribution of Madeira-ITI through Prof. Nuno Nunes as representative of the University of Madeira in the consortium that developed this project.
The consortium involves large companies such as Thales (France) and Vector Software Factory (Spain), plus a set of innovative SMEs as Defnedia (Belgium), SymbiaIT (Spain), Aerodrones (France) among others. Between academic institutions beyond the U. Madeira are U. Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), U. Joseph Fournier (France), U. Rostock (Germany) and U. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
The UsiXML ITEA 2 project developed an innovative model- driven engineering method to improve the user interface, or UI, design for the benefit of both industrial and academic end- users in terms of productivity and reusability. This method consists of a series of models that capture the context of use (i.e., user, platform, environment), the end user’s task and user interface as well as the transformations between while ensuring some level of quality. Since a large proportion of today’s infrastructure tools, software tools and interactive applications are implemented on top of mark-up languages, this project focused on enhancing the XML-based user interface extensible mark-up language (UsiXML) by adding versatile context-driven capabilities to take it far beyond the state of the art and lead to contributing to standardisation efforts. I
ITEA 2 – Information Technology for European Advancement – is Europe’s premier co-operative R&D programme driving pre-competitive research on embedded and distributed software-intensive systems and services. The award was handed over during the ITEA Co-summit in Scandic Infra City, Stockholm between 4 and 5 December 2013.