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Context Aware Computing

Associate Professor Ted Selker
Context Aware Computing Lab
MIT Media and Arts Technology Laboratory

Tuesday 24th August 2004 at 11am


The familiar and useful come from things we recognize. Many of our favorite things' appearance communicate their use; they show the change in their value though patina. As technologists we are now poised to imagine a world where computing objects communicate with us in-situ; where we are. We use our looks, feelings, and actions to give the computer the experience it needs to work with us.

Keyboards and mice will not continue to dominate computer user interfaces. Keyboard input will be replaced in large measure by systems that know what we want and require less explicit communication. Sensors are gaining fidelity and ubiquity to record presence and actions; sensors will notice when we enter a space, sit down, lie down, pump iron, etc. Pervasive infrastructure is recording it.

This talk will cover projects from the Context Aware Computing Group at MIT Media Lab.

Short resume

Dr. Ted Selker is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media and Arts Technology Laboratory, and the Director of the Context Aware Computing Lab ( Context aware computing strives to create a world in which peoples desires and intentions cause computers to help them. The lab is recognized for its work in creating environments that use sensors and artificial intelligence to create so-called "virtual sensors"; adaptive models of users to create keyboardless computer scenarios.

Ted is director of Counter Intelligence a form discussing kitchens and domestic technology, lifestyles and supply changes as a result of technology. Ted is creating the Industrial design intelligence forum to discuss the need to understand cognitive science and quantitative experiments in doing product design.

Prior to joining MIT faculty in November 1999, Ted Directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research lab at the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he became IBM Fellow in 1996. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Ted's research has contributed to products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. His work takes the form of prototype concept products supported by cognitive science research. He is known for the design of the "TrackPoint III" in-keyboard pointing device now found in Compaq, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Sony, TI, and other computers, for creating the "COACH" adaptive agent that improves user performance (Warp Guides in OS/2), and for the design of the 755CV notebook computer that doubles as an LCD projector.

Ted is the author of 18 patents, 20 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His work is often featured by the press. His inventions have received more than 30 awards from publications like PC Magazine, Business Week, and BYTE.

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