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22 January 2010

Sense and Sensibility

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm
Speaker(s): Dr Tim Kindberg - Matter 2 Media Ltd

Computational sensing systems, which for many years have worked unnoticed in jet engines, washing machines etc., have had a well- deserved public success in the form of the Wii, with similar sensor- based consoles such as Microsoft's Natal around the corner. As a research and development community, we're good and getting better at domain-specific embedded sensing systems, especially when it comes to creative applications of them. This is despite making little progress on more generally applicable ways of sensing the world away from the console. I've begun work on a system called Krstl for ubiquitous, urban computing in which machines 'sense' (i.e. read) only digital data, and humans do all the 'sensing' (i.e. perception) of analogue data. In this talk I'll cover relevant aspects of my past work and related research, then explain Krstl's rationale and some of the challenges and opportunities that come with it. Speaker Bio Tim Kindberg (champignon.net) is the founder and director of Matter 2 Media (matter2media.com). Previously he was senior researcher at HP Labs in Bristol and Palo Alto, where he worked on Cooltown, Cityware and other ubiquitous computing projects. He was formerly a senior lecturer in Computer Science at Queen Mary, London. His research interests include ubiquitous, mobile and urban computing. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Westminster and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He is co-author of the widely used textbook Distributed Systems—Concepts & Design.


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