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Charting Past, Present, and Future Research in Ubiquitous Computing

Summary: Charting Past, Present, and Future
Research in Ubiquitous Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
The proliferation of computing into the physical world promises more than the ubiquitous
availability of computing infrastructure; it suggests new paradigms of interaction inspired by
constant access to information and computational capabilities. For the past decade, applica-
tion-driven research in ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) has pushed three interaction themes:
natural interfaces, context-aware applications, and automated capture and access. To chart a
course for future research in ubiquitous computing, we review the accomplishments of these
efforts and point to remaining research challenges. Research in ubiquitous computing implic-
itly requires addressing some notion of scale, whether in the number and type of devices, the
physical space of distributed computing, or the number of people using a system. We posit a
new area of applications research, everyday computing, focussed on scaling interaction with
respect to time. Just as pushing the availability of computing away from the traditional
desktop fundamentally changes the relationship between humans and computers, providing
continuous interaction moves computing from a localized tool to a constant companion.
Designing for continuous interaction requires addressing interruption and resumption of
interaction, representing passages of time and providing associative storage models. Inherent
in all of these interaction themes are difficult issues in the social implications of ubiquitous


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences