Making Sense on Small Screens

Speaker: Patrick Baudisch , Microsoft Research

Date: Friday, July 28, 2006

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

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Location: Star Seminar Room (32-D463)

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Making Sense on Small Screens

Today’s ‘smart’ cell phones are designed to allow users to perform a set of
relatively simple tasks, such as reproducing driving directions or recalling
bookmarked websites. More demanding variants of the same activities, such as
route planning or the interactive exploration of the web have received only
limited or no support. And why should they--it is more convenient for users
to perform these activities on their PCs and to only upload the results to
the device.

This, of course, assumes that users have access to a PC. In most cases, however,
this assumption is wrong. There are 1.5 billion cell phones worldwide, but only
400 million PCs. The majority of phone users live in 3rd world countries. For
many of them the phone is the first and only digital device they own.

In this talk I argue that these phones could be the opportunity to get access
to the functionality of a networked computer and to participate in the digital
life of the first world. I am addressing this scenario from a human-computer
interaction perspective. How can we display complex documents on displays the
size of a stamp? How can users interact with such documents? I am presenting a
range of small-screen visualization techniques including ‘halo’ & ‘summary
thumbnails' as well as my latest work on a input device called 'soap'--a new
approach to interacting with very small devices.

Speaker Bio: Patrick Baudisch is a research scientist in the field of human-computer interaction at the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Research Group at Microsoft Research, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Washington. His focus is on interaction techniques that help users interact with very large displays and visualization techniques that allow users to view large documents on small screen devices. While at Xerox PARC, Baudisch created focus plus context screens. While at Fraunhofer-IPSI and during his stay as a guest researcher at the GroupLens project at the University on Minnesota, Baudisch worked on user interfaces for information filtering systems. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

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