Chris Harrison (CMU) - Truly Responsive Environments

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Date(s):
October 5, 2020 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
Zoom/YouTube (Details below)
Event Audience:
all
Chris Harrison

Speaker: Chris Harrison A. Nico Habermann Chair and Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Harrison is the A. Nico Habermann Chair and an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, directing the Future Interfaces Group (www.figlab.com). He broadly investigates novel sensing and interactive technologies, especially those that empower people to interact with small computing devices in big ways. Dr. Harrison has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and his work appears in more than 40 books. For his innovations, Harrison has been named as a Top 30 Scientist by Forbes, a Top 35 Innovator by MIT Technology Review, and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Harrison has been named a fellow by the Packard Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Google, Qualcomm and Microsoft Research. He is also co-founder and CTO of Qeexo, a CMU spinoff working at the intersection of interactive technologies and artificial intelligence. His website is www.chrisharrison.net

Abstract: Truly Responsive Environments

Truly smart and responsive environments rely on the ability to detect physical events and social context, such as appliance use and human activities. Currently, to sense these types of events, one must either upgrade to “smart” appliances or attach aftermarket sensors to existing objects and infrastructure. These approaches are expensive, intrusive and inflexible. Furthermore, even "smart" appliances are often very dumb – a smart speaker sitting on a kitchen countertop cannot figure out if it is in a kitchen, let alone know what a user is doing in a kitchen. In my talk, I will review my lab’s efforts over the past few years to bring the promise of smart environments much closer to reality.

How to watch

Livestream on Youtube (no login required, no Zoom required): https://youtu.be/3fmN2PoXbOQ

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This talk is part of the Department of Computer Science Fall seminar series on human-computer interaction. Future talks:

10/12: Anind Dey, University of Washington

10/26: Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11/5: Tanzeem Choudhury, Cornell Tech

11/9: Amy Ogan, Carnegie Mellon University

11/30: Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab

More information on these speakers and their talks will be posted soon.

Host: Pedro Lopes

Type: talk