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Situated Computing: The Next Frontier for HCI Research



Kevin L. Mills, 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.
Association for Computing Machinery


human-computer interaction, information appliances


Mills, K. and Scholtz, J. (2002), Situated Computing: The Next Frontier for HCI Research, Association for Computing Machinery, [online], (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created August 20, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017