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Eric Paulos:
"Connexus: An Evocative Interface"

Judith Donath

Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 4:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

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Human communication and interaction is comprised of a wide range of verbal and non-verbal cues. Further adoption of novel tele-communication methods such as e-mail, chat, instant messaging (IM), SMS text messaging, and videoconferencing have augmented our mediated interaction abilities. However, a significant (and important) amount of human expression and interaction information is never captured, transmitted, or expressed with current computer mediated communication (CMC) tools. We also lack ambient methods of maintaining contact when not co-located with family/friends. Evocative Interfaces is a new research effort aimed at the study of non-verbal human cues, their intent, motion, meaning, subtleties, and importance in communication. Paulos will also discuss several projects undertaken by the Experimental Interaction Unit designed to directly confront the threatening conformity and standards of technology in science and industry.

Eric Paulos is a research scientist at Intel's new Research Laboratory in Berkeley, California. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research, scientific, and social interests revolve around mediated human communication tools, non-verbal cues, robotics, and Internet-based tele-embodiment, particularly the physical, aural, visual, and gestural interactions between humans and machines and various permutations of these interactions. He has developed several Internet-based tele-operated robots, including Mechanical Gaze and Personal Roving Presence devices (PRoPs) such as Space Browsing helium-filled tele-operated blimps and ground based PRoP systems ( Paulos is a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee for Internet Telepresence, and respected as an important contributor to the field of computer supported collaborative work (CSCW).

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