Description of the VirtualOffice project

The Document Analysis Department of DFKI executes several research projects of which the central one is the VIRTUAL OFFICE project.

The aim of the project is research and development of innovative solutions for document analysis and understanding (DAU) and their integration into workflow management systems (WFMS). Although, contemporary WFMS offer integrated solutions for efficient business process handling, they are obviously lacking in technology for automatically integrating informal documents into the formal concepts of a workflow. But this is an important requirement to overcome the weakness of interacting with documents in separate worlds - the physical world of the desk and the electronic world of the computer. The central topics of our research in the Virtual Office project are:

The VIRTUAL OFFICE prototype consists of a commercial WFMS and the DAU system.

A final presentation and system demo of the VirtualOffice Prototype (VOPR) can be found here.