"TalkingAssistant: The Indispensable
Ubiquitous Computing Device"
Thursday, February 26, 2004
By Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser, Full Professor
and Dean of Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
Open to the Public. Pre-registration recommended.
Held in the Vintage Room at the Stanford Barn, 700 Welch Road, Palo
to view Presentation (25.28MB .pdf)
*This Challenge-the-Expert is sponsored by SAP Corporate Research.
There is no fee to attend.
Back in the PC era, each user disposed of his or her personal computer.
In the upcoming "Post-PC era" of ubiquitous computing, each user
is confronted with several - soon many - computers (mobile self-owned,
shared, or, increasingly, embedded). Dr. Max Mühlhauser's presentation
will briefly re-phrase opportunities and challenges of this dawning
era, and in the sequel, emphasize the role of audio. The challenges
of ubiquitous computing will be sketched following a categorization
into five main areas, abbreviated as S.C.A.L.E. Attendees can use
this part of Dr. Mühlhauser's presentation as a 'personal checklist'
for the evaluation of multi-year R&D programs and enterprise innovation
During the second hour, audience participants will be able to
"challenge" Dr. Mühlhauser for an interactive discussion. As a basis
for discussing the future key role of audio in enterprises, an ongoing
research project headed by Dr. Mühlhauser will be introduced: the
Talking Assistant headset-embedded computer. Talking Assistants
combine processing and storage, speech, wireless networking, location
and head tracking, and digital identity in a single mobile device.
The open hardware/software platform and API, short-range and worldwide
connectivity make it a potential key to greatly enlarging the spectrum
and coverage of enterprise applications -- combining the low cost
of both equipment and system integration with unique potentials
for hands-free/eyes-free operation.
The current "on-premises" version of Talking Assistants will be
shown at this Challenge-the-Expert session. As an outlook on the
next version, the demo will exploit the truly ubiquitous (i.e. worldwide
use of similar audio devices for public everyday life) and discuss
the impact on future enterprise applications. Thereby, Talking Assistants
will be discussed in context of the Mundo project, another project
headed by Dr. Mühlhauser that follows the vision of a global market
of Internet services: a vision and effort which major Japanese companies
are starting to embrace, too.
ABOUT MAX MÜHLHAUSER
Max Mühlhauser is a Full Professor & Dean of Computer Science
at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Mühlhauser
received his Doctorate in Informatics from the University of Karlsruhe
and founded a research center for Digital Equipment Corporation.
Since 1989, he worked as either professor or visiting professor
at universities in Germany, Austria, France, Canada, and the U.S.
Dr. Mühlhauser has published more than 160 articles, co-authored
and edited books about eLearning and distributed and multimedia
software engineering, and has patents in mCommerce pending. He is
head of the Telecooperation Division and the departmental computing
center, co-head and speaker of the IT Transfer Office ITO, and co-supervisor
of two Ph.D. programs funded by the National Funding Agency DfG:
"Enabling Technologies for Electronic Commerce" and "Systems Integration
in Ubiquitous Computing". Dr. Mühlhauser remotely supervises researchers
in Austria, and is a project leader at the Hessian Telemedia Technology
Competence Center. His core research interest is development support
for next generation Internet applications, mainly in the following
areas: mobile/ubiquitous/ambient computing and commerce, eLearning,
distributed multimedia and continuous media, multimodal interaction,
hypermedia and SemanticWeb, cooperation, and ubiquitous security.
The enabling technologies applied comprise distributed object-oriented
programming, event-based and peer-2-peer infrastructures, and hypertext.
This Challenge-the-Expert program is sponsored by SAP Corporate
Research. There is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is highly
recommended. To pre-register, please send your name, title, company
name, telephone number and email address to:
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