Enhancing User Experiences in Ubiquitous Computing.

   Jennifer Mankoff, UC Berkeley CS, Group for Interface Research

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University May 28, 2004

Ubiquitous computing in it's idealized form brings to mind a vision of calm, yet reactive environments filled with appropriate and timely support for user needs. In practice, this vision is hard to achieve due to many complications including the difficulty of accurately sensing and interpreting user needs, and of building and testing applications. I will present our work in supporting rapid, iterative design of peripheral displays. These displays help to support awareness of information when the user is involved in other activities. They are a crucial piece of Weiser's original vision of calm environments, and thus an important part of creating a positive user experience of Ubiquitous Computing. However, they are difficult to build and evaluate. Our work involves a combination of tool support and explorations of different evaluation techniques.

Dr. Jennifer Mankoff is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her B.A. at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on tools and techniques for rapid, iterative prototyping of ubiquitous computing applications and accessible technology. Her research interests also include mediation of ambiguous, recognition-based interfaces. Application areas of her work include assistive technology for people with special needs and health and safety.


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