End-User Composition in Ubiquitous Computing Environments

 Mark Newman, PARC

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University November 5, 2004

Given the large numbers of devices and services that users will encounter in future ubiquitous computing environments, there are many situations that will require that users serendipitously compose available resources into configurations suitable for their current activities. In this talk I will present the argument for end-user configurable ubiquitous computing environments and will discuss the Obje framework, which is designed to support end-user configuration. I will also present initial observations from an ongoing deployment and evaluation of a ubicomp environment at PARC that has been instrumented with Obje technology.

Mark W. Newman is a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center and a doctoral student in computer science at the University of California Berkeley. Since joining PARC in 2000, he has worked as part of the Speakeasy project to explore how users interact with ubiquitous computing environments, and how systems can be designed to better support those interactions. Mark was a founding member of UC Berkeley’s Group for User Interface Research, where he was a key contributor to the design and development of two influential systems that helped define the space of "informal user interfaces." He worked on the DENIM sketch-based web site design tool and the Designer's Outpost, a tangible user interface for designing web information architectures. Mark spent a couple of years as a user interface designer for Netraker Corporation where he helped to develop a suite of web-based remote usability testing and market research tools.


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