Microsoft Research, Vision Technology Group
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399
Title of Presentation: The Easyliving Intelligent Environment Project And
Ubiquitous computing is not only about wireless access to the network -- it is also about bringing computing into everyday life through its embodiment in "intelligent environments". In this talk we will look at EasyLiving, a research project at Microsoft Research aimed at developing a new prototype architecture and technologies for ubiquitous computing. EasyLiving introduces some issues in socialization for intelligent environments, which we will then discuss in relation to more general scenarios for location-aware computing devices. [More Information]
Dr. Steven A. N. Shafer is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Corporation and manger of the Ubiquitous Computing Group. He received his BA from the University of Florida in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1983. He was then a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon until 1995. He founded the Calibrated Imaging Laboratory, working on the modeling of color, highlights, and texture, and on lens and camera calibration. He also worked on robot driving in the NAVLAB robot truck project. Dr. Shafer was a founder and later Chair of the Robotics Doctoral Program at Carnegie Mellon, and participated in establishing the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Dr. Shafer joined Microsoft in 1995, where he started the EasyLiving project to develop an architecture for
building intelligent environments. His current work is in location awareness and representation for mobile computers. He is past Chair of the IEEE PAMI TC, the primary scientific society for computer vision, and was recently Program Chair for the 2001 UBICOMP conference on ubiquitous computing. Dr. Shafer is currently organizing an effort to propose a new SIGUBI on Ubiquitous Computing for the ACM.