From Personal Computers to Personal Information Environments

Jeff Pierce   Jeff Pierce,   IBM Almaden Research

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University November 10, 2006

While today's users work with and encounter a growing number and variety of computational devices (desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, PDAs, cellphones, etc.), continued adherence to the model of working with a single, personal computer has resulted in little support for coordinating activities across those devices. In fact, most devices are still completely unaware that a user might own other devices. As users shift from working with a personal computer to working within a personal information environment, we need to make it easier for them to coordinate their activities across their personal devices as well as effectively leverage devices in the local environment

Jeff Pierce is a research staff member in IBM Research at the Almaden Research Center in the User Sciences & Experience Research (USER) group. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he led the Personal Information Environments research group and co-directed the Adaptive Personalized Information Environments lab with Charles Isbell.

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