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Guidelines for Initial Project Postings

Due: Sunday, November 2nd at 11:59pm
Initial Project Post

For your first project post, turn your project presentation into a web posting. Be sure to include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Team Members
  • Description of what you are going to do
  • Concept Art
  • Description of what inspired this project
  • Description of Materials you plan to use along with the costs for these materials
  • Steps/Timeline
  • Backup Plans / Fallback plans

For this week, just use the Projects category.  I will make sub-categories based on your project name for all subsequent project posts.

Seminar: Beyond ubiquitous computing: The fourth generation of computing is already here!

Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech
Friday, October 17, 2014 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
1240 Computer Science Building

Abstract — Mark Weiser’s vision of ubiquitous computing, or ubicomp, widely understood as the third generation of computing after mainframes and personal computing, has inspired a research agenda for over 20 years and is part of our mainstream lives. Reflection on the history of the first, second and third generations of computing reveals that it is time to be thinking beyond ubicomp. The fourth generation of computing, which I will characterize as the era of complementary computing, is already upon us with important new technological capabilities that enable us to rethink the relationship between humans and computing. These key technologies are the cloud, the crowd and the shroud. Just as the third generation of computing blurred the distinction between the physical and digital worlds, the fourth generation will blur the distinction between what is human and what is computational. Previous generations of com- puting took hold because of “killer applications,” and I will describe the characteristics of those killer apps for the fourth generation.

Biography — Gregory D. Abowd ( is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. His research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. Dr. Abowd’s work has involved schools (Classroom 2000) and homes (The Aware Home), with a recent focus on health and particularly autism. Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Honors Mathematics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory. From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He has graduated 22 PhD students who have gone on to a variety of successful careers in academia and industry He is an ACM Fellow, a member of the CHI Academy and recipient of the SIGCHI Social Impact Award and ACM Eugene Lawler Humanitarian Award. Dr. Abowd has been involved in 5 commercial start-up ventures in his career, several of which are still active. He is also the founder and President of the Atlanta Autism Consortium, a non-profit devoted to bridging the communication gaps between various stakeholder communities in the Atlanta area concerned with serving and understanding autism.

Seminar: Inclusive Computing and Design for Those Most in Need

Gillian Hayes, UC Irvine
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 11:00am to 12:00pm
1610 Engineering Hall

Abstract — Vulnerable populations are at higher risk for educational, physical, and social challenges. At the same time, they often have limited access to and experience with information and communication technologies. However, the low cost of smartphones and data service through these phones is beginning to change this trend, opening new opportunities for using mobile and ubiquitous computing to support them. In this talk, I will describe a series of projects focused on empowering people who are not typically represented in the design process to use collected data to address real human needs in sensitive and ethically responsible ways. Understanding, designing, and creating technologies of inclusion require inclusive and democratic approaches to design. Additionally, in this work, design can be complicated by the need to consider the networks of people responsible for the care of others and their information. Thus, I will also describe holistic systems design methods that include participatory, democratic, and collaborative approaches for the creation of interfaces and interventions for a variety of people involved in any particular setting.

Bio — Dr. Gillian Hayes is an Associate Professor and the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Chair in Informatics in the School of Information and Computer Sciences and in the School of Education and School of Medicine at UC Irvine. Her research interests are in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, assistive and educational technologies, and health informatics. She designs, develops, deploys, and evaluates technologies to empower people to use collected data to address real human needs in sensitive and ethically responsible ways. Dr. Hayes directs the social and technological action research (STAR) group and co-directs the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at UCI. She is the Director of Technology Research at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Faculty Director for Civic and Community Engagement at UCI. She also works on translating her research into the commercial space through a startup she helped found, Tiwahe Technology.

Reminder: Prework projects are due next week

Just a reminder, prework projects are due next week.  Your prework project should:

  • Demonstrate the use of conductive stitching
  • Show two forms of output
  • Show two form of input
  • Combine these items together for an integrated design

Update on the post specifications

Make a post in the Prework category with the following format:

Description: What does your prework project do?

Inputs:  What inputs did you use?

Outputs: What outputs did you use?

Video: Create a video which demonstrates the complete functionality of project (i.e. shows all input/output interactions)

Initial Project Pitch

Due: Before class 10/16

Make an initial pitch for a final project that you would like to pursue for class.  This pitch is meant to articulate the high-level aspects of the project.  We will do a refined project pitch in a few weeks that will dive into the details of the project.

Final projects must:

  1. Your project must be interactive.
    This means your project cannot be a series of blinking lights. It must respond to user actions in some way.
  2. Your project must be wearable.
    This means it must be able to affixed to the user when they are mobile.
  3. Your project must be functional.
    Course projects are meant to be prototypes or proof of concepts of larger ideas. Projects should be able to demonstrate their intended purpose.

In your pitch you should:

  1. Describe what you want to do
  2. Whether you want to work in a team or as an individual
  3. What aspects of the project you feel confident about and what aspects you feel less confident about
  4. One piece of concept art (a sketch, a photo, etc)

Choose the Projects for the posting category.

Class Today (10/2/14)

We will start class today the lecture below:

Laura Anderson Barbata Lecture
Thursday, October 2, 4:30pm
2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
School of Human Ecology
1300 Linden Drive

The lecture for Hany Farid has been cancelled today so we meet back up in the classroom after the lecture.