Colloquium Details

Activities in Considerate Systems

Speaker: Ted Selker, University of California-Berkeley

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: November 14, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Host: Ken Perlin


Beyond keeping us organized and productive, information systems are creeping into the fabric of the way we live. We are starting to see them as solving social problems. They might begin reducing disruption. They might help people enjoy others or even increase self-awareness. This talk will introduce notions of how we can introduce social awareness in our design practices and artifacts.

The talk will frame the Considerate System stance of social feedback to a user. We will describe results from a variety of Considerate Research projects, with examples including systems supporting drivers, people in audio conference call communication, and saving energy in the Sustainability Base Leeds Platinum building. In working towards considerate systems, we are building CAMEO and other technology into a cyber-physical meeting support system. This ambient social feedback system includes social responses that take into account environmental sensing, interactive TV, and physical rewards. We conclude that all interactions with people in the physical world require an appreciation that they are in a social environment.

Speaker Bio:

Ted Selker is an inventor who mentors innovation and manages the Research on Accessible Voting RAV project at Berkeley. Ted spent 5 years as director of Considerate Systems research at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley and in developing the campus’s research mission. Prior to that, Ted spent 10 years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he created the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and directed a CI/IDI: kitchen of the future/ product design of the future project. Prior to that, his successes at targeted product creation and enhancement at IBM earned him the role of IBM Fellow. Ted's work has birthed successful products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. It has accumulated numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.


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