Activities in Considerate Systems

ECE Seminar: Activities in Considerate Systems

Starts at: March 7, 2013 4:30 PM

Ends at: 5:30 PM

Location: Scaife Hall Auditorium Room 125

Speaker: Ted Selker

Affiliation: Associate Director, CyLab Mobility Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley

Refreshments provided: Yes

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Abstract: The talk will start by framing the considerate system stance of social feedback to a user. We will describe results from a variety of considerate research projects with examples including systems supporting people in audio conference call communication, TV interactions, saving energy in the Sustainability Base Leeds platinum building, considerate mobile phone reactions and interactive network debugging. For example, we will show that variance in conversational dominance can significantly be reduced with proactive aural feedback. Our experiments reveal that such feedback can also reduce the impact of extraneous noise on conversations. We show that further loading the narrow channel of human teleconference can improve it. In this work, a behavior-driven design approach in CAMEO focuses on commonly occurring technical and social problems in audio-only teleconference calls. CAMEO seeks to sense communication problems, and frame and respond to them in considerate ways. These include scheduling of advisory prompts, and assistive mechanisms to augment this bandwidth constrained medium.

Bio: Ted Selker is director of Considerate Systems research at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley where he has also been helping develop the campus’s research mission. He is well known as a creator and tester of new scenarios for working with computing systems. Ted spent ten years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he created the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and directed a CI/IDI: kitchen of the future/ product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a more considerate world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains, such as kitchens, cars, on phones and in email. Ted’s work takes the form of prototyping concept products supported by cognitive science research. His successes at targeted product creation and enhancement earned him the role of IBM Fellow and director of User Systems Ergonomics Research. He has also served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs. Ted's innovation has been responsible for profitable and award winning products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers; his visualizations have made impacts ranging from improving the performance of the PowerPC to usability OS/2 ThinkPad setup to Google maps, his adaptive help system has been the basis of products as well. Ted’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.