The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Memories

Speaker: Steve Whittaker , IBM Research, Almaden

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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Reminder Subject: TALK: The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Memories

Recent technical developments have inspired an interest in 'digital memories': repositories for capturing our entire personal history of personal and work related information that will substitute for our fragile organic memories. I will first review the Digital Memories vision, briefly present various studies that challenge that vision, moving on to suggest an alternative approach to the topic that is informed by cognitive science, suggesting that instead of focusing on exhaustive capture we should be designing prosthetic memory devices that are (a) synergistic with our organic memories (b) have mechanisms for selecting and abstracting critical events from the memory record.

Speaker Biography:
Steve Whittaker is a Research Scientist at IBM Research in Almaden. His interests are in the theory, design and evaluation of systems that support collaboration, multimedia retrieval, and personal information management. In the past he has designed and built many novel systems. These include: an early personal memory system, one of the first IM clients, shared workspaces, social email clients, meeting capture systems, and various tools for accessing and browsing speech. He has co-authored over 100 refereed journal or conference papers which have been cited over 6000 times. According to Google Scholar his H index is 40. He is holder of 11 US and UK patents, and has worked for HP, IBM, Bell Labs, and been a full professor in Sheffield, UK. He is a member of the CHI Academy which is a peer conferred award for substantial scientific contribution to the field of Human Computer Interaction. His current research interest is in tools to support human memory.

Funding support for this seminar series has been provided by Yahoo!.

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