UMBC ebiquity

Emerging Technologies from IBM Research for Mobile Workers

Speaker: Jennifer Lai

Start: Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 01:00PM

End: Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 02:00PM

Location: LH8

Abstract: This talk will include a presentation of several emerging technologies from IBM Research related to supporting the way knowledge workers work today including:

  • MySpace, a web portal solution that supports personalized, role-based access to aplications through an interactive visualization of the physical space. MySpace combines localization information for colleagues, rooms and devices while aggregating data from various sources through a novel and simplified interface.
  • BlueSpace, often dubbed the "office-of-the-future", designed to resolve the most difficult problems faced by knowledge workers in open-plan environments. It addresses the critical issue of workers' loss of control over both their environment and interruptions.
  • e-PIM, a multimodal productivity application that combines visual output on a cell phone screen with natural language understanding technologies (speech recognition and synthesis) and text input to give mobile workers anytime/anywhere access to their email, and calendar.
  • Findings from studies conducted with these prototypes as well highlighting some of the important research issues that have emerged from IBM research's work.