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Wearable Computing

Speaker: 
Dr. Thad Starner
Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
University Center 470

For the past 16 years, Thad has worn a computer as part of his everyday life. In this talk, Professor Starner will discuss his efforts to leverage principles of pattern recognition and mobile human-computer interaction (HCI) to make himself into a better “cyborg.” Wearable computing can augment a user’s memory, communication ability, and physical skills. Wearable computers that “see” as the user sees and “hear” as the user hears provide a unique first-person viewpoint of the user’s environment. By exploiting normal user behaviors and user interfaces designed for sub-second interaction, intelligent agents can be created which require minimal attention by the user to perform useful work. Thad will discuss applications of these principles in medicine, peace-keeping, and everyday life. He will also discuss current efforts to create an even tighter coupling between man and machine, through brain-computer interfaces.

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Thad Starner is an associate professor in the College of Computing and the director of the Contextual Computing Group in Georgia Institute Of Technology.