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October 11, 2006

Interfering with the Magic


A talk on Ubiquitous Computing Systems

Interference in Deployed Ubiquitous Computing Systems

Abstract: Future ubiquitous computing environments are likely to consist of numerous interacting components, many of which will have been developed in isolation from each other. Unless appropriate measures are taken, interference (where a component’s behaviour in a deployed system differs from its behaviour when in isolation) is likely to be commonplace.

In this talk I will discuss the problem of interference in future ubiquitous computing systems and how it can affect many levels of a ubicomp system and be a concern for all ubicomp developers - ranging from those working on hardware and system support to those developing interfaces for user interaction and models of user understanding. I will also present two contributions that provide support for researchers addressing issues of interference in their systems. The first is a conceptual framework that includes a model of interference and generic solutions for preventing interference; the second is a simulation-based toolkit for helping researchers test their applications for interference prior to deployment. Finally, I will show the results of a formative evaluation that we conducted for informing the design of future user studies on conceptual interference frameworks.

Ricardo Morla, a PhD from Lancaster University is now a post-doc researcher at UC Irvine). His talk was given on Friday, October 6, 2006 at the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, IC Irvine.

Posted by newradio at October 11, 2006 12:07 PM