Monday, March 08, 2010
11:00 AM
Computer Studies Bldg. Room 209
Scott Saponas
University of Washington
Supporting Everyday Activities through Always-Available Mobile Computing
Our interactions with computing continue to expand off of the desktop and into our everyday activities, but today’s mobile interfaces are dominated by touch screens and buttons that work poorly when computing is not the primary task. For example, a mobile phone’s touchscreen can be difficult or impossible to use when wearing gloves, the buttons of a music player can be hard to find and manipulate by a jogger, and almost all physical interfaces become inaccessible when carrying grocery bags, children, or luggage. In this talk, I will present my dissertation research that explores techniques to harness the untapped bandwidth of the human body for physiological based human-computer interfaces. The focus of this work is muscle-computer interfaces which enable finger-based input without a physical input device by learning and classifying finger gestures through sensing forearm muscle activity from the surface of the skin.

Bio: T. Scott Saponas is a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington advised by Professor James Landay and Dr. Desney Tan. His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), and Physiological Computing. Scott received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 where he was advised by Gregory Abowd. He received his M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2006 from the University of Washington.

Refreshments provided at 10:45AM