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GVU Technical Report GIT-GVU-98-01 Ubiquitous Computing: Defining an HCI Research

Summary: GVU Technical Report GIT-GVU-98-01
Ubiquitous Computing: Defining an HCI Research
Agenda for an Emerging Interaction Paradigm
D. Salber, A. K. Dey and G. D. Abowd
GVU Center & College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Phone: +1 404 894 7512, Fax: +1 404 894 2970
Email: {salber, anind, abowd}@cc.gatech.edu
Ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) is an emerging paradigm for interaction between people and computers. A
guiding principle of ubicomp is to break away from desktop computing to provide computational services
to a user when and where required. Although there has been a lot of experimental work in ubicomp, there
has been little effort to define an agenda in ubicomp for HCI researchers. In this paper, we attempt to
remedy that problem by defining the space of ubicomp applications in terms of the level of user mobility
and transparency of interaction. Increases in user mobility will come with technological advances, but
increased interaction transparency will come only with breakthroughs in HCI research. We conclude the
paper with a discussion of two functional themes that we have found important across a number of ubicomp
systems --context-awareness and automated capture, integration and access. Each of these themes raises
special HCI issues and, together with the taxonomy for ubicomp applications, defines a clearer agenda for
HCI research in ubiquitous computing.


Source: Abowd, Gregory D. - College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences