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Beat Signer

  • Prof. Dr.
  • Professor
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Recent publications

  • Bespoke map customization behavior and its implications for the design of multimedia cartographic tools

    • Brock A
    • Hecht B
    • Signer B
    • et al.
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  • DelosDLMS - The integrated DELOS digital library management system

    • Agosti M
    • Berretti S
    • Brettlecker G
    • et al.

Professional experience


Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

February 2009 - Present

Partner and member of the managing board

Tenera AG

January 1995 - Present

Senior Researcher and Lecturer

ETH Zurich

September 2005 - December 2008(3 years)

Research and teaching assistant

ETH Zurich

October 1999 - August 2005(6 years)

Software engineering for real-time systems (industry placement)

Oerlikon Contraves

November 1996 - March 1997(4 months)

PC software/hardware installations and support

Teleprint tdc SA

August 1993 - October 1993(2 months)


Dr. sc. techn. ETH, Computer Science

ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

October 1999 - August 2005(6 years)

Dipl. Inf.-Ing. ETH, Computer Science

ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

November 1993 - August 1999(6 years)


Beat Signer is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium, where he is co-director of the Web and Information System Engineering (WISE) laboratory. He is investigating interactive paper solutions and cross-media information systems. His research interests further include innovative forms of information management and interaction, document engineering, ubiquitous and tangible computing, object databases as well as software engineering. He has been co-organiser of the CAiSE 2001 conference, proceedings editor of the CoPADD 2006 and CoPADD 2007 workshops and he is a member of ACM, IEEE, DBTA and the Digital Pen and Paper Society. As part of the European Paper++ and PaperWorks projects, Beat developed the interactive paper (iPaper) framework for integrating paper and digital services and information. Different solutions for innovative forms of interactive paper document publishing have been realised and the iPaper framework has been applied in a variety of applications including PaperPoint, EdFest, Generosa Enterprise, the Lost Cosmonaut, Print-n-Link, PaperProof and other solutions. We also recently released iGesture a general framework for gesture recognition under an open source license. Based on the experience that we gained from realising the interactive paper applications, Beat is currently investigating general design patterns and paper widgets for the new type of paper-digital user interfaces. More recently, Beat started to extend the RSL metamodel, to deal not only with navigational cross-media linking, but also enable the structural representation of new forms of cross-media documents and information spaces. Furthermore, the open source iGesture framework is currently extended to support new types of gestures (e.g. 3D gestures).


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