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Colloquium - Winograd

Experiments in Interactive Workspaces
Stanford University

The concept of ubiquitous computing has been popular for many years, but there are still few compelling examples of how to put the ideas into practice. There are still many hard questions, both at the systems level and at the user interaction level, about how to create a coherent information and interaction space that is distributed among many places, machines, and users.

We have been developing a testbed called the iRoom, in which we are creating the components of an integrated interactive environment for people engaged in multi-person work that involves complex visual and information structures. We have developed a robust, flexible communications infrastructure for integrating devices ranging from workstations and touch screens to specialized I/O devices. On top of this infrastructure we have explored mechanisms for moving both information and controls across devices of different types and scales, and have created some preliminary elements of an "overface" that provides cross-platform, cross-device uniformity for managing and working in the space.

The talk will describe the overall philosophy and architecture of the iRoom, and illustrate with a number of specific application experiments that we have begun.

Hosted by Elizabeth Bradley.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk in ECOT 831.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)