Mobile HCI 2002 will feature
two keynote speakers:
representative of the European Commission will present and discuss their future
initiatives in the area of mobile devices and human-computer interaction.
Mobile Devices for Control
Brad A. Myers
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
With today's and tomorrow's wireless technologies, such as IEEE
802.11, BlueTooth, RF-Lite, and G3, mobile devices will frequently be in close, interactive communication. Many
environments, including offices, meeting rooms, automobiles, and classrooms, already contain
many computers and computerized appliances, and the smart homes of the future will have ubiquitous embedded computation. When the user enters
one of these environments carrying a mobile device, how will that device interact with the immediate environment? We are exploring, as
part of the Pebbles research project, the many ways that mobile devices such as Palm Personal Organizers or Pocket PC / Windows CE
devices, can serve as a useful adjunct to the "fixed" computers in the
user's vicinity. This brings up many interesting research questions, such as how to provide a user interface that spans multiple devices
which might be in use at the same time? How will users and the system decide which functions should be
presented in what manner on what device? Can the user's mobile device be effectively used as a
"Personal Universal Controller" to provide an easy-to-use and familiar interface to all of the complex appliances available to the
user? Can communicating mobile devices enhance the effectiveness of meetings and
classroom lectures? This talk will provide our preliminary observations on these issues, and will include demonstrations of some
of our systems that we are using to investigate them.
For more information, see http://www.pebbles.hcii.cmu.edu
About the Speaker
Brad A. Myers is a Senior Research Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie
Mellon University, where he is the principal investigator for the User Interface Software Project, the Demonstrational Interfaces Project and
the Natural Programming Project. He is the author or editor of over 200 publications, including three books, and he is on the editorial
board of five journals. He has consulted for over 40 companies on user interface design and implementation. Myers received a PhD in
computer science at the University of Toronto where he developed the Peridot UIMS. He received the MS and BSc degrees from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology during which time he was a
research intern at Xerox PARC. From 1980 until 1983, he worked at PERQ Systems Corporation. His research interests include user
interfaces, hand-held computers, programming languages for kids, User Interface Development Systems, Programming by
Example, Visual Programming, interaction techniques, window management, and
programming environments. He belongs to SIGCHI, ACM, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and Computer Professonals for Social
Usable Wireless Applications for Mobile Phones
Tools Development Manager
The majority of the
population in Europe and other GSM areas owns a personal WAP-enabled mobile
phone. The potential is great for everyone.
- End-users can access new
services while they are mobile. Since mobile phones are personal. Those services
can be tailored for each user's needs.
- Wireless Developers and
Content Providers can build and maintain new services.
- Network Operators can
get new revenue streams because of increased airtime.
Tapping that potential,
though, is not easy, as the low-adoption of WAP
in GSM areas demonstrates. The main issue here is usability: how
can we turn a device originally designed to make phone calls into
a network client that's pleasent to use? The answer is not simple. Providing
a compelling user-experience requires that applications are
customized for specific devices or classes of devices. The
problem is made harder by the wildly different implementations of
the WAP browsers around.
This keynote provides an
- the different
interaction models in existing phones
- negative impact of bad
usability on user-adoption
- how those differences
should be tackled by application developers to increase usability.
The talk will include some
About the Speaker
Luca Passani is Tools Development Manager for Openwave Systems, where he has led
the OUI project. Luca has a Master in Computer Science from the University of
Pisa and several years of experience in web-development in Scandinavia. Over the
past few years Luca has been working almonst exclusively with WAP. He is the
author of several technical articles about WAP and WAP-related programming
techniques. Luca is also one of the authors behind "Professional WAP"
by Wrox Press.