Viewing Ubiquitous Computing Through the Lens of Human Attention

Speaker: Scott Hudson , Carnegie Mellon HCI Institute

Date: Thursday, February 07, 2008

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Refreshments: 1:45 PM

Public: Yes

Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Viewing Ubiquitous Computing Through the Lens of Human Attention

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In 1969 Herbert Simon put forward the idea that: “in an information rich world, the scarce resource is [human] attention.” Today this would seem to be increasingly true. This talk will suggest that a number of the important challenges for modern interactive computing – goals we describe as “invisible”, “ambient”, “pervasive”, “ubiquitous” or even “calm” – are fruitfully considered in these terms. I will suggest that traction can be gained by focusing on optimization of human attention as a principle. Illustrations of the value of using this perspective to view the research will be drawn from our ongoing "Managing Human Attention" project.

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Scott Hudson is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon where he directs the HCII PhD program. He was previously an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona. Elected to the CHI Academy in 2006, he has published over 100 technical papers covering a wide range of topics in technical HCI. He has served as Program Chair for UIST '90 and UIST '00, and Symposium Chair for UIST '93. He is currently serving as Papers co-Chair for CHI ’09.

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