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Nadir Weibel on Pen Computing in the Wild

Nadir Weibel from University of California, San Diego visited ZPAC on December 10, 2010 and talked about his current research, ""Pen Computing in the Wild"".

Abstract: Despite the predictions of a paperless office, paper usage is still widespread and novel pen-based interactions are becoming an important subject of research in Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. Availability and possible convergence of new technologies, such as digital pens, interactive surfaces, tablets, e-ink, thin paper like OLED displays, and novel interaction mechanisms, are building the basis for the re-discovery of pen and paper and the widespread introduction of Pen-computing.

In this talk, I will share my experience in developing and deploying a range of different paper-digital prototypes in the wild. I will present findings from our analysis of pen-based interactions at the intersection between the physical and tangible world of paper documents and the rich and dynamic world of digital information. I will highlight how the usage of a tangible device and the natural interaction with pen and paper documents enable rich multimodal experiences and can improve and radically change communication, social interaction, and collaboration.

During my presentation I will touch aspects characterizing mobile web-based social communication (Facebook), effective multi-person and multi-device interaction with large wall displays, collaboration in time-critical environment (trauma resuscitation) and multimodal communication therapy (speech-language therapy). The overall goal is to better understand the cognitive, computational, and social ecology of these dynamic interactive adaptive media.

Bio: Dr. Nadir Weibel is working at the intersection of computer science, communication, and social sciences, studying the cognitive consequences of the introduction and the deployment of interactive multimodal and tangible devices. His main interests ranges from software engineering to human computer interaction, including computer supported collaborative work, mobile and ubiquitous computing. In his current work he is developing theory and methods, designing representations, implementing prototypes, and evaluating the effectiveness of systems in order to understand the broader design space in which they are situated.

He holds a Bachelor and Master in Computer Science from ETH Zurich (Dipl. Informatik-Ing. ETH), and a Ph.D. in Computer Science also from ETH Zurich. During his Ph.D, he explored new ways of enhancing a seemingly mundane, but ubiquitous, resource such as paper to support everyday work, interaction and collaboration as a member of the Global Information Systems research group at ETH (Prof. Moira Norrie).

He is currently a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego, member of both the Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (Prof. Ed Hutchins and Prof. Jim Hollan) and the Ubiquitous Computing and Social Dynamics research group.

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