Department of Telecooperation
  Ismail Khalil
Institute of Telecooperation
Johannes Kepler University Linz
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Research Interests


Research Interests

My research interests fall in the intersection of information integration, intelligent systems, and mobile multimedia focusing on the broader business, social, and policy implications associated with the emerging mobile and Web technologies.

  • Information Integration

Barely more than ten years after the birth of the World Wide Web, the Global Information Infrastructure is a daily reality. In spite of the many applications in all domains of our societies: e-business, e-commerce, e-learning, e-science, and e-government, for instance, and in spite of the tremendous advances by engineers and scientists, the seamless integration of information and services remains a major challenge. The current shared vision for the future is one of semantically-rich information and service oriented architecture for global information systems. This vision is at the convergence of progress in technologies such as XML, Web services, RDF, OWL, of multimedia, multimodal, and multilingual information retrieval, and of distributed, mobile and ubiquitous computing.

  • Agents interactions in ubiquitious environments

Intelligent systems are systems that are characterized to consist of intentional entities (agents) who are self-aware (autonomous: free to perceive, free to make decision, free to act), who have goals, who can think about how to match up to their own and other agents standards, and who will act in ways to influence other’s view.
In this context, they 1.) are created for some reason (purpose and orienting towards it), 2.) have values which determine their behaviour and based on these values agents’ actions can be decided as good, right, and even moral, 3.) have control over their actions (accept a task, negotiate, or reject) and this control is maximized by reaching challenging goals, and 4.) have positive values (self respect and respect of others)
Interaction is the act or process where agents communicate in a way to influence the behaviour or belief of other agents. Agents’ interaction takes the form of coordination, cooperation, collaboration, negotiations, contracts, agreement, communication protocols, and speech acts.
My focus is on Agents’ interaction in ubiquitous environment which is generally characterized by 1) openness, describing the possibilities that these mobile entities can join or leave the environment, 2) flexibility indicating the degree the mobile entities are restricted by the environment rules and norms, 3) stability defining the predictability of the consequences of actions and 4) trustfulness specifying the extent to which users may trust the environment.
Social aspects of multi-agents systems have received a lot of attention from the community since social ability is one of the most important attributes of agents which has opened up new modes of interaction and dynamic organizational configurations that were previously inconceivable within a wide array of human and business activities.
Most important is how agents interactions can be modelled using norms which are interpreted in different contexts and understood to mean a standard expectation about what behaviour, thoughts, or feelings are appropriate within a given group (of agents) within a given context (i.e., location, time, environment) and to show how agents should behave based on established protocols, rules of conduct or accepted social practices.

  • Mobile Multimedia

The field of mobile computing and multimedia is expanding in an unprecedented pace. Indicators are the rapidly increasing penetration of the cellular phone market around the world, and the mobile computing market is growing nearly twice as fast as the desktop market. In addition, technological advancements have significantly enhanced the usability of mobile communication and computer devices. From the first CT1 cordless telephones to today’s Iridium mobile phones and laptops/PDAs with wireless Internet connection, mobile tools and utilities have made the life of many people at work and at home much easier and more comfortable. As a result, mobility and wireless connectivity are expected to play a dominant role in the future in all branches of economy. The addition of mobility to data communications systems has not only the potential to put the vision of “being always on” into practice, but has also enabled new generation of services, e.g., location-based services. My focus is on topics leveraging all aspects of mobile and multimedia computing: from underlying technologies to applications, theory to practice, and servers to networks to devices is precisely the ability to deploy and utilize modern technologies for the design, development and deployment of a content rich, user and business friendly, integrated network of autonomous, mobile applications and services.



    • Objectives: Create a European Network of Excellence Acquiring, organizing, maintaining and spreading information on the “State-of-the-Art” in wireless sensor networking and related and/or supportive research areas
    • Partners: 32 European academic and industry partners
    • Involved Researchers from TK: Gabriele Kotsis, Ismail Khalil, D. Schragl
    • Funding: EU FP 6
    • Duration: 2006-2007
  • EuroNGI / EuroFGI
    • Objectives: Create and maintain the most prominent European centre of excellence in Next Generation Internet design and engineering, leading towards a leadership in this domain
    • Partners: over 50 European academic and industry partners
    • Funding: EU FP6+FP7
    • Duration: 2003-2007