Section: Contracts and Grants with Industry
This project belongs to the joint INRIA-Microsoft Research Laboratory and is a collaboration of the VIBE Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, the in | situ | and AVIZ INRIA groups. It is a three-year project started in 2007, focused on analyzing researchers' activities to help them reflect on these activities, analyze them or communicate them more effectively. The project has to deal with logging, storing, summarizing, visualizing and interacting with activity data to solve interesting problems in science.
Both VIBE and INRIA are faced with difficult problems in term of data capture, management, retrieval, effective visualization of stored data, effective aggregation, higher-level summarization (inferring the high-level user activity from the captured low-level user activity) and reflective presentation of that information. The teams are collaborating in designing Information Visualization infrastructures capable of managing large amounts of information and interacting with it. The ReActivity project involves logging, visualizing and interacting with logged data. It is split into three phases: collecting the logs in a consistent, extensible and robust way, mining the logs to extract higher-level information and visualizing the information for understanding, interaction and sharing. It addresses these issues for simple desktop-based information initially and then increase the scope of the project by aggregating information from outside sources.