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Colloquium - Dennis

ECCR 265

Building an Ubiquitous, Adaptive Newspaper
Computer Science Department, Northwestern University

Current trends in wireless connectivity, handheld computing, and computational power put "keeping informed" in a new light. Imagine the entire editorial staff of The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal devoted specifically to you. Further, imagine tapping that staff any time, any place, for a custom edition adapted to temporal context, physical context, and social context. Two principal challenges will be addressed by this talk: giving a computational system editorial judgment and sensing social context.

To address the first problem an evolutionary framework is used to explore the vast space of potential editions will be presented. Physical and social context guides survival in a competition to generate the most fit custom "newspaper" for an individual. Regarding the second issue, capturing social context can be difficult in an open environment. This talk will also focus on a Web friendly infrastructure that makes newsreading communities visible to computation. The infrastructure, focusing on reading behavior, is straightforward to use, low cost to join, and supports mechanisms for maintaining security and privacy. Working prototype implementations of these ideas will be presented as well.

Brian M. Dennis is jointly appointed at Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the New Media Program of the Medill School of Journalism. As a graduate student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley he caught the newsroom bug working on a journalism minor and has been interested in the intersection of media and technology ever since.

Hosted by Clarence (Skip) Ellis.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk in ECOT 831.

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