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Living and Working with Ubiquitous Computing



Jean C. Scholtz


Today, much of our information-intensive work is carried out at desktop computer workstations; however, increasingly people work and live on the move. Very soon, scads of small information processing appliances will be carried along from place to place as adjuncts to support our jobs. In this paper, we outline specific facets of two grand challenges that the human-computer interaction (HCI) research community must meet in order for society to reap the benefits of numerous, specialized, information devices. As a first grand challenge, researchers must remove the computer barrier between people and information. As grand challenge two, researchers must find a means to endow cyberspace with a better understanding of the physical and logical world in which people live. We discuss some specific research problems that must be solved to meet these two grand challenges. Where applicable, we also point to some ongoing research that appears to be tackling, at an early stage, some aspects of these grand challenges.
Proceedings Title
Grace Hopper Conference
Conference Dates
October 9-12, 2002
Conference Location
Vancouver, CA


Scholtz, J. (2002), Living and Working with Ubiquitous Computing, Grace Hopper Conference, Vancouver, CA (Accessed July 17, 2024)


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Created October 1, 2002, Updated February 17, 2017