User Interfaces: Adaptation, Customization & Generation

Speaker: Daniel Weld , University of Washington

Date: Friday, February 18, 2005

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 1:15 PM

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Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Todays computer interfaces are one-size-fits-all. Users with little programming experience have very limited opportunities to customize an interface to their task and work habits. Furthermore, the overhead induced by generic interfaces will be proportionately greater on small form-factor PDAs, embedded applications and wearable devices. Automatic personalization may greatly enhance user productivity, but it requires advances in customization (explicit, user-initiated change) and adaptation (interface-initiated change in response to routine user behavior). In order to improve customization, we must make it easier for users to direct these changes. In order to improve adaptation, we must better predict user behavior and navigate the inherent tension between the dynamism of automatic adaptation and the stability required in order for the user to predict the computers behavior and maintain control. This talk surveys a decade's work on customization and adaptation at the University of Washington, focussing on decision-theoretic optimzation methods, and distilling the lessons we have learned.


Daniel S. Weld is Thomas J. Cable / WRF Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He received bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Biochemistry at Yale University in 1982, and landed a Ph.D. from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1988. Weld received a Presidential Young Investigator's award in 1989, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator's award in 1990, and was named AAAI Fellow in 1999. Weld is on the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence, was a founding editor and member of the advisory board for the Journal of AI Research, was guest editor for Computational Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, edited the AAAI report on the Role of Intelligent Systems in the National Information Infrastructure, and was Program Chair for AAAI-96. Weld has published two books and scads of technical papers.

Weld is an active entrepreneur with several patents and technology licenses. In May 1996, he co-founded Netbot Incorporated, creator of Jango Shopping Search and later acquired by Excite. In October 1998, Weld co-founded AdRelevance, a revolutionary monitoring service for internet advertising which was acquired by Media Metrix and subsequently by Nielsen NetRatings. In June 1999, Weld co-founded data integration company Nimble Technology which was acquired by the Actuate Corporation. In January 2001, Weld joined the Madrona Venture Group as a Venture Partner and member of the Technical Advisory Board.

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