Biographical Information

Robert Jacob is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University, where his research interests are new interaction media and techniques and user interface software. He was also a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory. Before coming to Tufts, he was in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and was Papers Co-Chair of the CHI 2001 conference.

Mike Bennett is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Systems Research Group (SRG) in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at UCD Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining SRG he was a research associate in the Palpable Machines Group in Media Lab Europe, where he developed Topographic Torch and worked on the fusion of haptics, information visualisation and auditory displays. His research is focused on human-computer interaction, especially how to augment individual human capabilities.

Bernd Bruegge is university professor of computer science with a chair for Applied Software Engineering at the Technische Universität München and adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Diploma from the University of Hamburg in 1978, his masters of science in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science in 1985 from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include software architectures for dynamic systems, agile software development processes, and software engineering education. His educational focus is on how to teach students software development competence by involving them in the development of large complex systems for real clients.

Lars Erik Holmquist is leader of the Future Applications Lab at the Viktoria Institute in Göteborg, Sweden. His current research projects include mobile music sharing, context photography, ambient information visualization and new forms of robot applications.

Eva Hornecker received her PhD from the University of Bremen on Tangible Interfaces as collaboration support medium. She has been acting assistant professor at Vienna Technical University and over the last year been visiting research fellow at the Interact Lab at the University of Sussex on the British Equator project. She's now moving to the HitLab NZ at the University of Canterbury, NZ, as lecturer in Interaction Design. Her research interests cover 'beyond the desktop' interaction design, CSCW, User-Centered and Participatory Design and her special focus is on tangible interaction design.

Frankie James is a senior researcher in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at SAP Research. Her research interests include non-desktop interactions (for example, voice and multimodality for mobile devices and pervasive computing), accessibility, and internationalization. Dr. James received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in June 1998 for her research on audio HTML interfaces for blind users. While at Stanford, she also developed software for the Archimedes Project at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) related to the Total Access System (TAS). The TAS allows disabled users to access computer-based systems using a single device uniquely suited to their needs. Dr. James joined SAP Research in March 2001 from RIACS (the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science), a NASA contractor, where she studied voice interfaces for semi-autonomous robots. She is a member of ACM's Special Interest Groups on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) and Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS).

Yang Li is a research associate in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He works with James Landay. Yang's research interests are in ubiquitous computing, focusing on activity-based computing paradigm, rapid prototyping tools, sketch-based user interfaces and pen-based interaction techniques.

Asa MacWilliams studied computer science at the Technische Universität München, and completed his doctoral degree there in 2005. His research interests include distributed service architectures, adaptive middleware, context-aware computing and augmented reality. Since 2005, he is a software architect for Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich. His current research projects involve software architectures for pervasive computing in smart homes.

Sile O'Modhrain is a lecturer in haptics and acoustics at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queens University, Belfast. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, especially interfaces incorporating haptic and auditory feedback. She earned her master's degree in music technology from the University of York and her PhD from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). She has also worked as a sound engineer and producer for BBC Network Radio. In 1994, she received a Fulbright scholarship, and went to Stanford to develop a prototype haptic interface augmenting graphical user interfaces for blind computer users. Before taking up her position at SARC, Sile directed the Palpable Machine's group at Media Lab Europe, where her work focused on new interfaces for hand-held devices that tightly couple gestural input and touch or haptic display.

Thomas Pederson, PhD, is a lecturer at Dept. of Computing Science at Umeå University, Sweden, and member of the Cognitive Computing research group. His research interests include Ubiquitous and Wearable Computing with a specific focus on unified modeling of physical and virtual environments. Thomas is currently co-leading easyADL, a research project investigating the possibility of using wearable technology to assist people suffering the dementia disease in performing Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

Hayes Raffle is a Ph.D. candidate in the Tangible Media Group a the MIT Media Lab. He is a practicing artist and designer researching the relationships between people and machines. Hayes creates interactive toys, systems and devices that engage people's touch to improve communication, education, and artistic expression. Before attending the Media Lab, Hayes received a B.A. in fine arts (sculpture) at Yale, helped design and develop the award-winning ZOOB® building system and ran his own art and design studio in California. He is the winner of several internationally recognized design awards and has shown his art in Europe and the United States.

Jacob O. Wobbrock is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is advised by Brad Myers. His research interests include input and interaction techniques, assistive technology, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Jacob developed the EdgeWrite input technique, a versatile text entry method capable of being used on a variety of devices and for a variety of user groups (see Jacob expects to graduate in June 2006 and is actively seeking employment.

Student volunteers and participants are graduate students in the HCI group, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University.

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