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College Photo Name Luz, Saturnino
Main Department Computer Science
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3686
Dr Saturnino Luz joined Trinity College in 2001 as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. He holds degrees in Informatics and Computer Science, and has worked on the development of novel technologies for human-computer interfaces, knowledge representation and computational linguistics. At Trinity College, he has supervised PhD and Masters students, and taught courses in Information Management, Artificial Intelligence, and Human-Computer Interaction. He currently leads a basic research projects investigating techniques for information indexing and retrieval in multimedia databases, and technological support for multidisciplinary medical team meetings.
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Principal Investigator and Track Leader (Systems Framework) in the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) 2007-present
Guest editor of the Special Issue of the Journal of Behaviour and Information Technology on Collaboration and Technology-Mediated Communication in Healthcare 2012
Member of the Programme Committee of the 13th Annual Conference of the NZ ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction 2012
Organiser of Special Track on 'Collaboration and technology-mediated communication in healthcare' at the 26th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), Rome, Italy 2012
Organiser of Special Track on 'Supporting Collaboration in Healthcare' at the 24th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), Bristol, UK. 2011
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
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Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 1994
Awards and Honours
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Reviewer of the Month, ACM Computing Reviews April 2003
MA (jure officii), University of Dublin 2004
Description of Research Interests
The theoretical bases of computer-supported collaboration, more specifically processes related to information structuring and retrieval in scenarios encompassing multimedia data and multimodal interaction. Natural language processing, including: parsing, corpus linguistics, text classification, and dialogue systems. Human-computer interaction and human-factors research.
Research Interests
Artificial Intelligence Bioinformatics Computational linguistics Computer supported cooperative work
DECISION SUPPORT TOOL Human computer interactions INFORMATION-RETRIEVAL Intelligent agents
Research Projects
Project title NGL CSET: Next Generation Localisation
Summary Localisation is the industrial process of adapting digital content to culture, locale and linguistic environment at high quality, speed, volume and low cost, and is the key enabling, value-adding, multiplier component of the global software and content distribution industry. This collaborative, multidisciplinary research project will carry out the fundamental and applied research underpinning the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the new localisation technologies. It will address the issues of volume of data, information access, and personalisation. Dr Luz coordinates the Systems Framework research track and acts as principal investigator in the areas of Automatic Annotation and Labelling of Natural Language Texts and Interaction Design.
Funding Agency SFI
Programme Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology
Type of Project collaboration with DCU, UCD, UL and industry partners
Date from December 2007
Date to December 2012
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Project title ECOMMET: Enhanced Computing Support for Multidisciplinary Medical Team Meetings
Summary Multidisciplinary medical team meetings have become an established practice in many hospitals. Teams of experts routinely come together to discuss cases and patient management decisions. Such discussions generate a wealth of information that is not captured in traditional medical records. Although recent technological and organisational developments have made digital recording of entire meetings a distinct possibility, the usefulness of this kind of audiovisual database is dependent on how effectively its contents can be accessed. This project will investigate human and technological issues involved in building advanced computing support for collaboration, production and access of electronic medical records in those contexts.
Funding Agency Science Foundation Ireland
Programme Research Frontiers 2006
Type of Project Applied research
Date from 2006
Date to 2009
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Project title Temporal and Contextual Data Visualisation for Collaborative Meeting Memories
Summary The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate basic techniques to support visualisation and retrieval of information from records of collaborative multimodal interaction. The project aims to develop techniques to be used in a large variety of organisational memory devices to support computer-mediated human interaction. It will build on a theoretical framework for data visualisation and retrieval based on pattern discovery which encompasses elements of artificial intelligence and human computer interface research. Extensive empirical evaluation and incremental prototyping will be used to test techniques and assess the validity of our theoretical assumptions.
Funding Agency Enterprise Ireland
Programme Basic Research Programme
Type of Project Basic research
Date from Oct/2003
Date to Oct/2006
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Publications and Other Research Outputs
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Saturnino Luz, Automatic Identification of Experts and Performance Prediction in the Multimodal Math Data Corpus through Analysis of Speech Interaction, Proceedings of the 15th ACM on International conference on multimodal interaction, ICMI'13 - Grand Challenge on Multimodal Learning Analytics, ICMI'13, ACM Press, 2013, pp575 - 582
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Saturnino Luz, Masood Masoodian, Manuel Cesario, Disease surveillance and patient care in remote regions: an exploratory study of collaboration among healthcare professionals in Amazonia, Behaviour & Information Technology, 2013, p1 - 24
Notes: [Published on-line; Printed version in production ]
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M. Cesario, M. Jervis, S. Luz, M. Masoodian, and B. Rogers, Time-based geographical mapping of communicable diseases, 16th International Conference on Information Visualisation, IV'12, Montpellier, IEEE Computer, 2012, pp21 - 26
I. Van der Sluis, S. Luz, W. Breitfuß, M. Ishizuka, and H. Prendinger, Cross-cultural assessment of automatically generated multimodal referring expressions in a virtual world, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 70, (9), 2012, p611 - 629
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S Luz, The non-verbal structure of patient case discussions in multidisciplinary medical team meetings, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 30, (4), 2012
Notes: [Article no. 17]
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