Workshop Agenda

WHERE: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA ‪98101
Further venue information here.
WHEN: Saturday Sept 13, 2014. Registration opens at 7:30am on the 4th floor.


(8:30AM – 8:45AM) Workshop Opening
Speaker: Gillian Hayes, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine

(8:45AM – 10:00AM) Keynote: The History and Future of Ubiquitous Computing
Speaker: Judy Kay, Professor, Computer Science at the University of Sydney

Weiser’s vision provided the foundations of pervasive and ubiquitous computing research, its achievements reflected in the vibrant community that will participate in this conference. This talk reflects on the nature of our community’s past research, from the pure computer science work in hardware, networks and infrastructures, machine learning and data mining to the deeply multi-disciplinary work on design, applications, social dimensions and evaluation. It will summarize highlights of the current state of Ubicomp, with its fast growing collection of sensors and devices, those we wear or carry, and those embedded in our environment, be they calm, obtrusive or in between. Then the talk moves to the ways that future Ubicomp research can tackle people’s most pressing problems, with a focus on the particular contributions to be made by an increasingly diverse community of researchers.

(10:00AM – 10:30AM) Break and  Poster setup for students

(10:30AM – 11:45PM) Poster Session A
Session Chair: Rodrigo de Oliveira, Google

This session gives students the opportunity to receive feedback on their research from the invited mentors as well as their peers. This session will allow for open and informal discussion and allow for additional networking and mentoring.

(12:00PM – 1:30PM) “Speed Dating” Lunch
Session Chair: Julie Kientz, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

This lunch is an opportunity to sit among participants and mentors with similar interests. To help facilitate the discussion, specific questions will be posted on a card at each table. After 30 minutes, attendants will switch tables to discuss a new topic and to get the opportunity to meet and converse with other attendants of the workshop.

(1:30 – 2:45PM) Poster session B
Session Chair: Rodrigo de Oliveira, Google.

(2:45PM – 4:15PM) Career Panel
Session Chair: Gillian Hayes, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine

  • Julie A. Kientz, Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
  • Brian M. Landry, R&D Manager at Accenture’s Technology Labs’ Digital Experiences Group
  • Rodrigo de Oliveira, User Experience Researcher at YouTube, Google
  • J. Bernheim Brush, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research

In this session, mentors, invited speakers, and workshop organizers will serve as a panel to discuss a variety of topics with student participants. Student participants are encouraged to ask questions regarding career paths and job matters, finishing their PhDs, work/life balance, and acquiring funding. Questions can also include topics pertaining specifically to the challenges and opportunities for females and minorities in computer science.

(4:15PM – 4:30PM) Break

(4:30PM – 5:45PM) Closing Keynote: Approaches to Ubiquitous Computing Research
Session Chair: Brian M. Landry, Accenture Technology Labs
Speaker: Gregory Abowd, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

Ubiquitous computing research represents a very broad intellectual swath.  In this talk, I will attempt to describe the variety of ways one can conduct research that would be interesting to the Ubicomp community. One dimension of interest is the extent to which the research is connected to some application domain. Another dimension relates to how the research involves deployment and study of the user experience in the field.  As ubiquitous computing has become more mature, it is more challenging for new researchers to determine how they would best make an impact as a researcher.  I will try to give some advice that will ease the natural apprehension one might feel at the beginning of a research career.  The good news is that there are MANY paths to success.

(6:00PM – 8:00PM) Workshop Dinner
Join us for a casual dinner! All participants, mentors and invited speakers are invited to attend. This dinner will allow for further conversation on topics introduced throughout the day as well as general networking and relationship building.

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