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Towards a Software Architecture for a "Cubicle" Smart Space and My Experience at IBM Research
Grad Student, Department of Computer Science

Between completing an MS degree and starting my PhD program, I spent the past year working at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. I started as a summer intern and then accepted a full-time position as a software engineer. During this time, I worked on a new pervasive computing project concerned with a cubicle office environment. The project addresses the design of a smart space from a real-world perspective. It seeks to improve employee productivity and comfort through the integration of the physical workspace design with sensors, actuators, and novel human-computer-interaction devices. The software architecture for this smart space needs to enable applications that acquire information from many distributed data sources such as sensors and drive different output devices -- from displays to actuators. Our solution is centered on a blackboard communication model and combines elements from architectures for context-aware applications with modern web technologies such as XML and XSLT. Furthermore, I will briefly describe my exposure to the US patent system and what to expect from an IBM summer internship.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:24)