The interdisciplinary research carries out in the React Group aims at handling coordination and interaction challenges using systems engineering methodologies. The underlying approach is to exploit in an integrated manner the dynamical couplings that exist between users, devices and information systems to ease adoption and improve usability in distributed frameworks. Innovative domains of deployment are the Internet of things, autonomous transportation systems and social media for learning and knowledge management. The React Group is affiliated with the EPFL Transportation Center (TRACE) and with the Center for Digital Education (CEDE).
The two main research topics currently investigated in the Group are Coordination Systems and Interaction Systems.
The current focus in Coordination Systems is on optimal and reactive control of distributed devices where the dynamics matters, with application to autonomous transportation systems, astrometry, insulin delivery for the treatment of diabetes, as well as remote experimentation. The underlying academic disciplines are Optimal Control, Human-Machine Systems, as well as Cyber Physical Systems.
The current focus in Interaction Systems is on agile social media platforms where utility, usability and appropriation matter, with application to online education and knowledge management. The underlying academic disciplines are Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Engineering Education Research, and Technology Enhanced Learning (e-Learning).
The Swiss EdTech Collider Association has been created on November 18, 2016, to promote solutions for Digital Education. Co-founders are Pierre Dillenbourg (Président), Denis Gillet (Vice-Président), Francesco Mondada (General Secretary) and Marcel Salathé (Treasurer).
The React Group got the best paper award at the EC-TEL Conference 2016 for its contribution on “Best paper award at EC-TEL 2016: Examining the effects of social media in co-located classrooms: A case study based on SpeakUp“, by María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Adrian Holzer, Luis P. Prieto, and Denis Gillet.
Denis Gillet was interviewed by the Swiss television about the ongoing work on autonomous and connected vehicles crossing at intersections (investigations carried out by Laleh Makrarem and Ezequiel Debada).
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