BISC: BISC Seminar; Nov. 1, 2001

From: Masoud Nikravesh (nikravesh@eecs.berkeley.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 11:09:30 MET DST

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    "Input and Output Outside the Box -- Alternatives to Desktop Computing"

    Dr. Jennifer Mankoff
    Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

    373 Soda Hall
    4:00-5:00pm

    Abstract:

    The mouse and keyboard, in combination with standard GUI interfaces
    such as web browsers, spreadsheets and word-processors have become
    successful and universally accepted in the last decades. However, as
    we begin to investigate computing off the desktop, such as with mobile
    or ubiquitous computing, and to broaden the user base of computers to
    include people with disabilities, these interaction techniques start
    to face problems.

    This talk will highlight some of those problems and discuss solutions
    that I am currently investigating and have developed over the course
    of the last six years. Topics will include new interaction techniques
    for severely disabled people for handling very low-bandwidth input,
    toolkit support for handling recognition errors, ambiguity and other
    vagaries of alternative input devices, and ambient displays that allow
    virtual information to have a presence in the physical world.

    Biography:

    Jennifer Mankoff joined the EECS faculty this Fall an Assistant
    Professor at UC Berkeley, and a member of the Group for User Interface
    Research (GUIR). Her research areas include ubiquitous computing,
    assistive technology for people with disabilities, and ambient
    displays.

    Jennifer completed her PhD in 2001, at which point she joined the UC
    Berkeley faculty. She received her Bachelors degree at Oberlin College
    in 1995, where she graduated with High Honors. In the past eight
    years, she has interned at two companies (FX Pal (96) and AT\&T Bell
    Labs (94) (now Lucent Technologies), as well as Argonne National Labs
    (93) and Carnegie Mellon University (99). She has served on the
    program committee for the ASSETS conference on Assistive Technology
    (2000), and as student volunteer chair for UIST 2000. She was an
    Invited Panelist at ASSETS'97, and participated in the CHI'00 doctoral
    consortium.

    Jennifer is currently organizing a lending library and seminar
    focussed on avoiding and dealing with Repetitive Strain injuries
    (RSI), advising students, and beginning to build active projects in
    several of the research areas she will discuss in these talks.

    Home page:
    http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~jmankoff
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