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Center for Mobile Learning
The Center for Mobile Learning invents and studies new mobile technologies to promote learning anywhere anytime for anyone. The Center focuses on mobile tools that empower learners to think creatively, collaborate broadly, and develop applications that are useful to themselves and others around them. The Center's work covers location-aware learning applications, mobile sensing and data collection, augmented reality gaming, and other educational uses of mobile technologies. The Center’s first major activity will focus on App Inventor, a programming system that makes it easy for learners to create mobile apps by fitting together puzzle piece-shaped “blocks” in a web browser.
We are entering an age where ubiquitous networked sensing is encompassing the earth (and everything and everybody on and within it) with what can be thought of as an electronic nervous system. How people connect with, navigate, exploit, and even enjoy this information is an area ripe with both world-changing potential and deep challenges. The mission of the Media Lab's new Center for Terrestrial Sensing is to explore unconventional ways to visualize and sense inaccessible natural environments such as air, earth, and ocean. The Center’s themes will address the fundamental challenges and opportunities presented by global sensing and user interfaces of volumetric data visualization, while being simultaneously interested in a remote collaboration approach.
We will tackle these challenges by addressing the following questions:
- How to represent and interact with multi-dimensional (>=3D) information and models?
- How to seamlessly integrate inter-personal and 3D shared workspaces for geographically distributed collaboration?
- How to create efficient novel mobile devices and tools for field access to 3D data and simulations as well as collaboration?