Sebastian Feuerstack coordinates the HoliDes Artemis EU project
that involves 31 partners from industry and science of seven European countries. The project total investment is around 23 million euros to address the development and qualification of Adaptive Cooperative Human-Machine Systems (AdCoS) to enhance usability and safety as well as to boost the confidence of human operators.
Sebastian Feuerstack is investigating in techniques and tools for the early evaluation of safety critical systems such as airplane cockpits, car assistance systems or complex medical setups at OFFIS e.V, an associated institute of the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. One result is the Human Efficiency Evaluator (HEE), a tool that simulates humans based on psychological and physiological plausible models to evaluate their monitoring behavior, cognitive workload and task performance already in an early design phase – even before a prototype has been built.
Further on, he serves as an invited expert for the W3C Model-based User Interface (MBUI) group that develops standards as a basis for interoperability across authoring tools for context aware user interfaces for Web-based interactive applications and for the W3C the Multimodal Interaction (MMI) Working Group, which aim is to provide standards that will enable interaction using a wide variety of modalities.
In 2009 he earned a three year scholarship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to conduct basic research about dialogue modeling for multimodal applications as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) in São Paulo in Brazil. The project was also supported by professors from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and by the Faber Ludens Institutefor interaction design in Curitiba, Brazil.
He started his research career in November 2002 after he had finished his diploma thesis (german MA). The subject of his diploma thesis was An Architecture for Ubiquitous Service Access in Distributed Systems, which he has written during a visit of the Deutsche Telekom T-Nova North America, California. In the end of 2003 he was first working in a team of four researchers investigating in communicaion protocols for intelligent software agents. There he participated the Agentcities network and connected the JIAC software agent platform to the world-spanning software agent network supporting the FIPA standard. The development of the JIAC software agent platform was supported by the Deutsche Telekom AG.
After that he successfully proposed the Seamless Home Services
project and lead a small team of researchers and graduate students to develop services that can be accessed in intelligent home environment. Results include a voice-enabled PVR, an intelligent and personalized news-paper service and a home automation service all tightly integrated and accessible via voice and various end-devices to form a home portal. The Seamless Home Services Project has been supported T-Com and T-Systems business parts of the Deutsche Telekom AG
. During working on smart services targeted to home environments he proposed the Video Follows project, which implements a VoIP communication scenario enabling seamless media hand-overs between various typical entertainment devices like IP-enabled TVs and radios during a video-phone call following the talking user through his home.