Computing That Serves

Research Inspiration in the Palm of Your Hand


Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 12:00pm


Dan R. Olsen Jr., Department of Computer Science, Brigham Young University

 Generating new research ideas and carrying out a program that could potentially change the future. The process of creating a research vision will be discussed in the context of nomadic computing. The handheld device is the PC of the future. These devices, however, have serious interactive limitations. No matter how adroit one's thumbs might be, cell phone texting will not write the next great novel. How can these small convenient devices be useful for real work? The handheld problem is a nice demonstration of the process of creating a research program.



Dan R. Olsen Jr. is a Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University.
He was formerly the chair of BYU Computer Science, director of CMU's HCI Institute and founding editor of ACM's Transactions on Computer Human Interaction (TOCHI). For the last 25 years he has been working on software architectures and techniques to support the construction of user interfaces. His most recent work is in human-robot interaction, integrating machine learning into the user interface and interacting with small computers. In 2007 he was appointed to be an ACM Fellow.