Posts Tagged ‘ubiquitous computing’

Microsoft Faculty Fellowship for Dr. Tentori - June 11th, 2013

Congratultions to former LUCI visiting researcher Dr. Monica Tentori for receiving the prestigious Microsoft Faculty Fellowship!

“Monica Tentori investigates the human experience of ubiquitous computing to inform the design of ubiquitous environments that effectively enhance humans’ interactions with their world. Her research intersecting human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing particularly focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating natural user interfaces, self-reflection capture tools, and new interaction models for ubiquitous computing. Her work is being applied to healthcare and urban living to support the needs of urban citizens, hospital workers, elders, and individuals with autism and their caregivers. Tentori’s research demonstrates that effectively designed ubiquitous environments have the potential to promote healthy lifestyles and independence, and positively impact attention, behavior, and workload.”

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Posted: 6/11/13 9:11 pm PST by Add Your Comment
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Technology can change education - September 10th, 2012

Gillian Hayes, assistant professor of informatics, kicked off the SURF-IT summer lecture series with a look at how technology can change the face of education, no matter the age or skill of the student. (citation: CalIT2 press release)

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Posted: 9/10/12 9:59 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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Pervasive and UbiComp to merge in 2013 - November 22nd, 2011

Merge In Turn

“The Pervasive and UbiComp Joint Steering Committee (JSC) has decided to hold a single conference in 2013 instead of two separate events. By offering a single venue for the leading worldwide research in Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, we hope to better serve the needs of our research community by attracting more attendees (including the leading Pervasive/UbiComp researchers worldwide), and enabling more satellite events.

The aim is not to reduce publication opportunities but to coalesce them – the conference will be multi-track and the acceptance rate is planned to be at the higher end of previous UbiComp and Pervasive conferences (~20% or more). Topics for submissions will include any work that one would previously expect to find at either UbiComp or Pervasive. We also aim to attract attendance at the high end of previous conferences – the current record being held by UbiComp 2005 (Tokyo) with over 600 attendees.

The merged conference will be an ACM sponsored conference, co-sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and ACM SIGCHI (as recent UbiComps have been). The short name of this merged event will be “UbiComp” in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser. The long name of the event will become “The 20XX ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing” in recognition of the dual history of the event.

The UbiComp conference series was founded in 1999 as HUC’99 and the last pre-merger conference will be the 14th, in Pittsburgh, USA in September 2012. The Pervasive conference series was founded in 2002 and the last pre-merger conference will be the 10th, in Newcastle, UK in June 2012. Pervasive and UbiComp have typically taken place over a 4-day programme, featuring technical papers and notes in the archival proceedings, specialized workshops, live demonstrations, posters, video presentations, panels, doctoral colloquia, and tutorials, and we expect the merged conference to both continue and expand on this legacy.

While we look forward to the merged event in 2013, please do make sure to also join in with our community’s two exciting 2012 events:
http://pervasiveconference.org/ – Newcastle, UK, June 2012
http://ubicomp.org/ – Pittsburgh, USA, September 2012″

-From Khai Truong:

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Posted: 11/22/11 6:10 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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Informing and Performing: Investigating How Mediated Sociality Becomes Visible - July 21st, 2011

Moleskins and Pens

Congratulations to former Informatics grad student Dr. Sharon Xianghua Ding, Informatics faculty member Don Patterson and their coauthors Wendy Kellog and Thomas Erickson on having their paper,
‘Informing and Performing: Investigating How Mediated Sociality Becomes Visible’ accepted to Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer journal).

Abstract: In the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and ubiquitous computing literature, making people’s presence and activities visible as a design approach has been extensively explored to enhance computer mediated interactions and collaborations. This process has developed under the rubrics of “awareness”, “social translucence”, “social activity indicators”, “social navigation”, etc. Although the name and details vary, the central ideas are similar. By making social presence and activities more visible or perceivable, they provide social context for members to make sense of situations and guide their activities more informatively and appropriately. In this work, we introduce a class of visualizations called social context displays, which use and share graphical representations to depict people’s presence and activity information with an explicit focus on groups. The aim of this work is to examine social context displays in use and contribute new abstractions for understanding how making social information more visible works in general. Through our first hand experience with user-centered design and empirical investigations of two social context displays in real settings, we uncovered not only how they provide social context to inform actions and decisions, but also how members perform and manage their self- and group-representations through the display. Drawing on Goffman’s performance framework, we provide a detailed description of how people react and respond to these two social context displays, and reconsider some of the broader issues associated with computer-mediated interactions such as privacy, context, and media richness.

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Posted: 7/21/11 5:00 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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Supporting the Transition from Hospital to Home for Premature Infants… - May 23rd, 2011

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Congratulations to Informatics faculty members Gillian Hayes and Don Patterson, their collaborator Mohan Singh (in Ireland!), and UCI medical school faculty, students and staff, Dan Cooper, Dana Gravem and Julia Rich on having their paper,
‘Supporting the Transition from Hospital to Home for Premature Infants Using Integrated Mobile Computing and Sensor Support’ accepted to Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer journal).

Abstract: This paper reports on the requirements for, design of, and preliminary evaluation of a novel pervasive healthcare system for supporting the care of premature infants as they transition from hospital to home. In support of this system, we report the results of gesture sensing in a clinical setting and of interviews and focus groups with caregivers and clinicians who are involved in the post natal transition to the home. From these results, we developed prototype systems for monitoring and tracking observations of behavioral and health-related data in the home, including both a mobile-phone based capture and access system for caregivers, a sensing platform and an activity-recognition algorithm for automatically documenting infant movement. We describe the results of preliminary trials of both systems with an emphasis on the synergistic importance of bridging this transition. The results of these trials indicate that clinically relevant monitoring can be accomplished in the home, but there is still more to do to integrate these approaches into a comprehensive monitoring system for this population.

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Posted: 5/23/11 9:00 am PST by Make the First Comment
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The future of UBICOMP isn’t a smarthome it’s a… - May 13th, 2011

barcode on a tree in Salzburg

barcode on a tree in Salzburg

<rant>
The future of UBICOMP is not Kinect in your car or a smart home with constant gesture surveillance. It’s a barcode/label on a tree. No power required. No Ph.D.s to maintain it. It degrades gracefully and can be read by a human in a pinch.
</rant>
-Don

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Posted: 5/13/11 6:43 pm PST by Add Your Comment
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Divining a Digital Future - April 20th, 2011

Diving A Digital Future

Diving A Digital Future

Congratulations to Informatics Professor Paul Dourish and lab friend Genevieve Bell on having actual real copies of their new book “Diving a Digital Future”! (Amazon)

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Posted: 4/20/11 6:39 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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UCI: “Rethinking Reachability” - April 13th, 2011

Melissa Mazmanian

Melissa Mazmanian, who has a Ph.D. in organization studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, says her recent acquisition of a smart phone was life-changing. “I check emails far more than I used to,” she says, “and probably far more than I need to.”

Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics assistant professor at the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences; informatics doctoral student Ellie Harmon; and Christine Beckman, associate professor at the Paul Merage School of Business, will initially study two Orange County families and their relationships with their BlackBerrys, iPhones and similar devices. They expect to study 12 families over a two-year period.

“A lot of the conversations about new technologies focus on how to make them better and faster, but it’s equally important for us to think deeply about the implications of being connected all the time,” says Mazmanian.

The full article is available from the UCI communications website here.
Next we know Melissa will be giving a TED Talk.

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Posted: 4/13/11 3:47 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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The Ubiquitous Computing Revolution is Here | Tech News Daily - December 15th, 2010

Ubicomp according to TechNewsDaily

Ubicomp according to TechNewsDaily

LUCI gets some love from Tech News Daily.

The first implication of computers essentially being everywhere, and in everything, is that “a computer,” defined as a device separate from other electrical appliances by virtue of its digital capabilities, will cease to exist as a concept.

“[Ubiquitous computing] is a world where computers are all around us, but we don’t realize they’re there. It’s a conceptual jump,” said Donald Patterson, director of the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction at the University of California, Irvine. “You’ll know you’ll have your phone with you, and you’ll know you’ll be in your car, but you won’t think about all the different computers that make those things work. To you, it just feels like you’re using your phone or driving your car. If ubiquitous computing is successful, you won’t even realize it’s happening.”

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Posted: 12/15/10 11:49 pm PST by Make the First Comment
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“Hi Kiosk! Help me plz. Performative interactions in a restaurant” - September 14th, 2010

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Congratulations to Informatics grad student, Vrishti Gulati and Informatics faculty member Bonnie Nardi on having their paper, “Hi Kiosk! Help me plz. Performative interactions in a restaurant.”, accepted to the Ubicomp 2010- Designing for Performative Interactions in Public Spaces Workshop

Abstract:The paper explores issues of performance and identity in interactions with a self service kiosk in a fast food restaurant. This is studied in context of a youth populated site-a fast food restaurant at a University Campus. I conducted ethnography in a Jack in the Box restaurant, a popular American chain. The focus is looking at performative aspects in social and public settings. All interactions with the kiosk—the choice of using it to order food, glances, playful interactions, and looks when others are using it— are viewed as exhibits of performance. Even non-interactions and ignorance of the kiosk display an aspect of performance.

Congratulations Vrishti and Bonnie!

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Posted: 9/14/10 11:57 pm PST by Add Your Comment
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