Ubiquitous-Computing Research at MERL: A Selective Overview

Speaker: Joe Marks , Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)

Date: Friday, March 14, 2003

Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Public: Yes

Location: NE43-941

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Contact: jcma@csail.mit.edu

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Ubiquitous-Computing Research at MERL: A Selective Overview

When computing was confined to the desktop, HCI research was conveniently limited in scope and could, for the most part, be performed by teams of people with a well-defined set of complementary skills, e.g., interaction design, computer graphics, and usability testing. Ubiquitous computing has changed all that: HCI research is now wildly more interdisciplinary and requires teams of very diverse composition. In addition to people well versed in traditional HCI methods, current "ubicomp" research can require people who have broad knowledge in several areas (e.g., computer science, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology, and design) and deep knowledge in selected fields (e.g., artificial intelligence, decision and control, computer perception, networked communication, wireless communication, power engineering, software engineering, etc.). I will illustrate this point with a description of three suites of ubicomp projects at MERL that have required such varied expertise:
+Smart elevators:
-A novel algorithm for elevator dispatching
- Quantifying the presence and flow of people in buildings

+Ubiquitous display technology:
- Multiprojector displays
- Augmented reality with Shader Lamps
DiamondTouch, a multiuser touchscreen

+ Low-cost communication and sensing:
- Bidirectional communication with LEDs
- LED-based chemical sensing

(The projects above represent the research efforts of many members of the MERL staff. For appropriate credits, please visit the MERL web site, www.merl.com.)


Joe Marks grew up in Dublin, Ireland, before coming to the U.S. for college. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1991. His areas of interest include computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. He has worked previously at Bolt Beranek and Newman and at Digital's Cambridge Research Laboratory. He is currently the Director of MERL's Research Lab. He is also the chair of ACM SIGART and will be the papers chair for SIGGRAPH 2004.

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