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A s emant i c-ba s ed know ledge flow system for the Europea n home textiles industry. 01/04/2006 - 31/03/2009 . Version 26.07.2006. AsIsKnown is a project funded within the Information Society Technologies (IST) Priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission.

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Asemantic-based knowledge flow system for the European home textiles industry

01/04/2006 - 31/03/2009

Version 26.07.2006

AsIsKnown is a project funded within the Information Society Technologies (IST)

Priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission.

www.AsIsKnown.org


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Producer

curtains

Producer

carpeting

Producer

furnishing

Retail sales

Consumer


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Producer

curtains

Producer

carpeting

Producer

furnishing

Retail sales

Consumer

Today:

Broken communication between producer and consumer / missing knowledge about market needs


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Producer

curtains

Producer

carpeting

Producer

furnishing

Retail sales

Consumer

Today:

Broken horizontal and vertical communication / missing knowledge about market needs

AsIsKnown:

Optimized communication to a complete network:

Market transparency through a common knowledge base


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The AsIsKnown flow of information

The workflow of the AsIsKnown system is to collect the product data of different European home textile producers in one system for customer consulting, ordering and overall analysing of customer behaviour.

The first step will be to collect the product data of different home textile producers.


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The AsIsKnown flow of information

This data will be prepared, unified and interpreted for further usage in step two (Smart Profiler).


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The AsIsKnown flow of information

In the third step, these data will be used in a customer consulting and ordering system (Virtual Interior Designer) to offer producer-independent home textile combinations. This system will receive orders and protocol the customer behaviour during its decision process.


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The AsIsKnown flow of information

In the fourth step, the information about the ordered combinations and the user behaviour will be collected and analysed by data- and text mining tools to detect actual and future trends in the home textile sector (Trend Analyser).


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The AsIsKnown flow of information

The orders and the results of the analysing process will be redirected to the different producers. The results of the analysing process will also be used by the customer consulting system to generate new style world proposals (fifth and sixth steps).


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Tobias Valtinat, Wolfgang Backhaus

ZLW/IMA der RWTH AachenDennewartstraße 27 52068 Aachen

Germany

Consortium and Project Partners

RWTH Aachen University, ZLW/IMA

Center for Learning and Knowledge Management and

Department of Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Center for Learning and Knowledge Management and Department of Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering is a main interdisciplinary research institute of RWTH Aachen University carrying out the work in AsIsKnown. The institute will coordinate and manage AsIsKnown. The IMA part of the institute will lead Workpackage 7 (Back office Ordering System for semantic web services) which constitutes one element of the technology baseline and development. The ZLW/IMA will ensure a highly integrative information and knowledge transfer as well as the scientific and technological management and controlling within AsIsKnown.


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Robert Woitsch

BOC Information Technologies

Consulting GmbH

Bäckerstraße 5A

1010 Wien (Vienna)

Austria

Consortium and Project Partners

BOC

Information and Technologies Consulting

BOC is a software development house and a strategic consultant in business process re-engineering and knowledge management projects. It was founded in 1995 as a spin-off from the Department of Knowledge Engineering at the University of Vienna.

BOC brings its strong expertise in Meta2Modelling concepts do design knowledge and semantic issues into the project. BOC will lead the Workpackage 4 (Architecture and Implementation of Smart Profiler). BOC will be responsible for software and hardware integration and testing tasks as the Smart Profiler will be dependent on interfaces with the surrounding soft- and hardware.


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Andreas Becks

Fraunhofer FIT, RWTH Aachen, Informatik VAhornstr. 55,

52056 Aachen

Germany

Consortium and Project Partners

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology

Fraunhofer-FIT investigates human-centered computing in a process context, focusing on usability and usefulness of information and cooperation systems in their interplay between human work practice, organization and process.

Fraunhofer-FIT brings its strong expertise in content access & retrieval, text mining, UI design, and user/process analysis into the AsIsKnown project. Fraunhofer-FIT will lead the Workpackage 8 (Architecture and Implementation of Trend Analyser).


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Kiril Simov

Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, IPP,

Acad. G.Bonchev Str. 25A,

1113 Sofia,

Bulgaria

Consortium and Project Partners

Institute for Parallel Processing,

Bulgarian Academy of Science

The Linguistic Modelling Laboratory (LML), a department of the Institute for Parallel Processing (IPP) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) will lead Workpackage 3 (Common sense ontology engineering) and Workpackage 5 (Multimedia ontology) as key enablers for the semantic-based knowledge flow system.

Since its establishment in 1987, the LML hosted a number of projects dealing with the application of knowledge representation to natural language processing from two different perspectives - using represented knowledge for tasks of semantic analysis and exploring methods for representation and acquisition of linguistic knowledge itself.


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Paul Aichner

Crystal Design

Eisackstrasse 1

39040 Vahrn (Brixen)

Italy

Consortium and Project Partners

Crystal Design

Crystal Design develops and markets overall solutions for optimising sales and distributions processes of consultant intensive consumer goods such as furniture and furnishing equipment and investment goods. Crystal Design develops tools for Visual Merchandising and POS-Marketing in virtual show rooms and “style worlds”.

Crystal Design will be responsible for the Workpackage 6 which deals with the architecture and implementation of the Virtual Interior Designer. Crystal Designs’ main efforts are located in the area of technology baseline work, as all other software partners. Interfaces and links to the surrounding tools of AsIsKnown will be achieved through cooperation with the responsible partners.


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Christiane Finetti

TFI - Teppichforschungsinstitut

Charlottenburger Allee 4152068 Aachen

Germany

Consortium and Project Partners

TFI

Textile and Flooring Institute

The Textiles & Flooring Institute GmbH (TFI) is a modern service company operating especially in the field of home textiles and flooring systems. The service activities of the institute include the testing and certification of products in view of environmental, consumer protection and quality aspects as well as consulting and training for industry, commerce and trade.

The main field of responsibility of TFI within AsIsKnown will be the scientific support and S&T management of the partners from the home textiles industry. To fulfil this function the TFI leads Workpackage 2 (Requirements Inquiry and Analysis) and Workpackage 9 (Evaluation).


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Thomas Weber Leiter Marketing

Vorwerk & Co.Teppichwerke GmbH & Co.KGKuhlmannstraße 1131785 Hameln

Germany

Consortium and Project Partners

Vorwerk & Co. Teppichwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Vorwerk produces textile floor coverings meeting superior demands of private and professional objects for more than a hundred years. Today, this company is a leading high quality supplier for middle and high-class design-orientated carpets in the middle and upper price segments.

Within AsIsKnown Vorwerk will be involved in the field of dissemination and exploitation. Qualified sales representatives will promote the Trend Analyser to potential customers and will receive feedback from the users. They will grant access to their assortment of samples and to their legacy system. The major key tasks of Vorwerk will be to enrich the requirements analysis and thus to orientate AsIsKnown towards real market needs.


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Mr. Károly Fazakas

INKU

Budafoki út 183,

1117 Budapest,

Hungary

Consortium and Project Partners

INKU

Nemzetközi Kereskedelmi Kft

INKU, as a Hungarian subsidiary of INKU AG, is a leading trader and service provider company in Hungary.

INKU will grant access to their assortment of samples and to their legacy system, thus the INKU will co-operate closely with the software developing partners. Furthermore, INKU will be involved in the field of exploitation. Qualified sales representatives will promote the Trend Analyser to potential customers and will receive feedback from the users at the point of sales.


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Yves Minassian

U.F.T.M.

Rue du Vert Bois 3

59531 Neuville-en-Ferrain

France

Consortium and Project Partners

UFTM

Union Française des Tapis et Moquettes

UFTM is a French Trade Association which unites carpet manufacturers and importers as well as retailer and sellers of interior and home textiles for use as floor and wall coverings.

UFTM will contribute on the one hand with its network to determine the specifications for the engineering of the Virtual Interior Designer tool and by providing data (collections, samples etc.) made available by its members. On the other hand UFTM will lead Workpackage 10 (Dissemination and Exploitation, because of the contact to its members and to international acting supply chains (e.g. 3 Suisses, Mondial Moquette). Exploitation channels and prospects can be found within these networks.


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Key Objectives

AsIsKnown provides for the

- producers (carpeting, furnishing, curtains),- retail sales and - consumers

a customized, dynamic support system, that includes jointly harmonized trend lines across organisations.

The main scientific and technological objective is a semantic-based knowledge flow system for the European home textiles industry AsIsKnown consisting of

- the Smart Profiler and a Multimedia / Common Sense-Ontology

- the Virtual Interior Designer and a Ordering System,

- the Trend Analyser.


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Main Innovations of AsIsKnown

The main innovation of AsIsKnown is the complete support of a novel interorganisational business process via the use of semantic web components.

The scenario of the European home textile industry has been selected as the showcase of an interorganisational business process.

As a showcase for semantic web components three semantic web componentes (smart profiler, virtual interior designer, trend analyser) has been selected.

This scenario implies the translation and the mapping of semantic information on various levels as pointed out in detail in the following slides.


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Expected Impact

The European home textiles industry as showcase

Source: EURATEX on CIFRS data, 2003

Structure of the European Technology Platform for the future of Textiles and Clothing

Breakdown of textile production into 3 sub-sectors by volume of fibre usage


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Expected Impact

Customisation and personalisation

The individual and harmonised presentation of different textile products in a virtual environment will stimulate the customer.

The customisation of textile-based goods is a “path” to fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

Trend analysing

AsIsKnown will provide a system which enables the user to generate harmonised trend lines quicker, therefore AsIsKnown will shorten the time-to-production.

The generation of complete living environments allows to derivate trends with regard to combinations of different products.


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Contact

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Valtinat

ZLW/IMA der RWTH Aachen

Dennewartstr. 27

52068 Aachen

Germany

Phone: +49 241 80-911-37  

Fax: +49 241 80-911-22  

E-Mail: valtinat@zlw-ima.rwth-aachen.de

Wolfgang Backhaus, M.A. 

ZLW/IMA der RWTH Aachen 

Dennewartstr. 27 

52068 Aachen

Germany 

Phone: +49 241 80-911-61 

Fax: +49 241 80-911-22 

E-Mail: backhaus@zlw-ima.rwth-aachen.de