[1] Keynote Abstract: When ubiquitous computing research began in earnest in the early 1990’s, one of the canonical applications was that of a tour guide, providing indoor and outdoor guidance to individuals wanting to explore a new space.  As technologies matured, so did the research in this area of location-aware computing.  I will reflect on the accomplishments of that significant component of the ubicomp era before embarking on a discussion of a new generation of computing technologies. This 4th generation of computing consists of three important new technologies that have emerged over the past decade—the cloud, the crowd, and the shroud of devices that envelop the physical world and connect it to the digital world.  This new era of collective computing represents a more seamless amalgamation of machine-run algorithms and collective intelligence of humans. I hope my description of this current generation of computing, and the applications it promises to deliver, will lead to a rich discussion on the future possibilities for PATCH.

[2] Keynote Speaker Bio: Gregory D. Abowd is a Regents’ and Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he has been on the faculty since 1994. His research interests concern how the advanced information technologies of ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) impact our everyday lives when they are seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. Dr. Abowd’s work has involved schools (Classroom 2000) and homes (The Aware Home), with a recent focus on health and particularly autism. Dr. Abowd received the degree of B.S. in Honors Mathematics in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He then attended the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom as a Rhodes Scholar, earning the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the Programming Research Group in the Computing Laboratory. From 1989-1992 he was a Research Associate/Postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in England. From 1992-1994, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Software Engineering Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He has graduated 22 PhD students who have gone on to a variety of successful careers in academia and industry He is an ACM Fellow, a member of the CHI Academy and recipient of the SIGCHI Social Impact Award and ACM Eugene Lawler Humanitarian Award.


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