Enabling User Innovation through Improved Design Environments

Speaker: Scott Klemmer , Stanford University

Date: Friday, October 05, 2007

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Refreshments: 3:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

Contact: Michael Bernstein, x3-0452, msbernst@mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Enabling User Innovation through Improved Design Environments

Not long ago, sharing interactive media over the Internet required significant technical expertise. Today, millions of high-school students create and modify their own web sites. Grace Hopper's invention of the compiler in the 1950s demonstrated how improved tools could provide access to computation to a much wider audience. The goal of my group's research is to make possible an analogous success for ubiquitous computing.

If innovations in interaction design can allow millions to create web sites, what kinds of systems can enable people to be able to design their own portable media player, lawn monitoring system, or full-body-motion game controller? As computing moves off the desktop and becomes more richly integrated into our daily lives, our interest lies in enabling everyone, not just technology experts, to create interactive systems.

There are three main thrusts to my group's work. First, our research systems facilitate rapid, iterative design of interfaces combining bits and atoms. Second, our work brings programming by demonstration into the physical world, enabling people to use the tremendous tacit knowledge stored in their perceptual and motor systems. Third, "programming by Google" is an important emerging practice because examples situate code snippets in a functioning system; yet current software tools are ignorant of design-by-modification. Our recent work addresses this through techniques for creating interfaces analogically by "sampling" elements from existing designs.

Speaker Biography:
Scott Klemmer is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group. He received a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University in 1999, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2001 and 2004 respectively. He is a recipient of the UIST 2006 and CHI 2007 Best Paper Awards and the 2006 Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship.

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