Attentive Objects: Enriching People's Natural Interaction with Everyday Objects

Speaker: Pattie Maes , MIT Media Lab

Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

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Location: Patil Seminar Room (32-G449)

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Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL

Contact: Jaime Teevan, 617/253-1611,

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What if the everyday objects around us came to life? What if they could sense our presence, our focus of attention and our actions and respond with relevant information, suggestions, and actions? This is the central question addressed by the Ambient Intelligence research group at the MIT Media Laboratory. We are developing novel sensing and software techniques that make it possible to create so called "attentive objects". For example, we are creating technologies that make it possible for the book you are holding to tell you what passages you may be particularly interested in, while the bookshelf in the room might show you which books are similar to the one in your hands, and the picture of your grandmother on the wall keeps you abreast of how she is doing when you glance up at it. This talk will present an overview of the current projects in the Media-Lab's Ambient Intelligence research group. In contrast to related approaches, the group's work focuses on interfaces for "natural", "on-the-move" interaction. The projects also stress the use of non-invasive technologies and piggy-back onto the "technologies" we already wear or carry around every day such as a cell phone and wristwatch.


Pattie Maes is an associate professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences. She founded and directs the Media Lab's Ambient Intelligence research group. Previously, she founded and ran the Software Agents group. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Maes was a visiting professor and a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds bachelor's and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Her areas of expertise are human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, and intelligence augmentation.

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