INI Seminar: Asim Smailagic

Time: April 10, 2009 - 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Location: DEC@CIC


Asim Smailagic is a Research Professor in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, College of Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Interactive and Wearable Computer Systems at Carnegie Mellon. His talk is titled "Context-Aware Pervasive Computing and Applications."

The INI Seminar takes place every Friday, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m., at the Distributed Education Classroom at the Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC).

Talk Abstract:

The seminar will focus on describing the next step in the evolution of mobile/wearable computers, namely, context awareness. Context-aware computing takes into account a user's state and surroundings, and the mobile computer modifies its behavior based on this information. A user's context can be quite rich, consisting of attributes such as physical location, physiological state, personal history, daily behavioral patterns, and so forth. If a human assistant were given such context, he or she would make decisions in a proactive fashion, anticipating user needs, and acting as a proactive assistant. The goal is to enable mobile computers to play an analogous role, exploiting context information to significantly reduce demands on human attention. Context-aware intelligent agents can deliver relevant information when a user needs that information. These data make possible many exciting new applications, such as augmented reality, context-aware collaboration, augmented manufacturing, wearable assisted leaving, and improved quality of life technologies.