Significance of Research Topics

The principal scientific and technological research topics of this project such as distributed multimedia systems, high-speed networks and digital libraries form state-of-the-art areas of research and development in contemporary Computer Science. Together with these, fundamental issues from Education and Sociology are addressed and combined within the project in a novel and constructive way. Thus, apart from extending the frontiers of these research topics, the project also aims at addressing the fundamental issue of integrating, in an interdisciplinary manner, elements from these areas into coherent theoretical and practical frameworks responding to the needs of modern applications. This integration acquires special signifigance in the light of recent developments pertaining to the Information Society. The issues of modes of communication, human-machine interfaces, channels of information flow, information representation formats and the impact of technological innovations on learning environments, that will be addressed in this project, are of fundamental significance to the weaving of the Information Society.