Copenhagen Programming Language Seminar

"Interaction and Infrastructure:
Taking a Human-Centered View on Networking"

Professor Keith Edwards
Georgia Institute of Technology

Friday April 17, 2009, 10:00-11:00
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Room 3A.18


We often think of the "user experience" as being an application layer concern, something that can be applied in a thin veneer of menus and graphics atop a software and hardware infrastructure. In this talk I'd like to challenge that notion, to argue that concerns of interactive experience reach (or should reach) deep into the infrastructure stack. While tensions between interaction and infrastructure show up throughout computing, in this talk I will focus specifically on examples that arise from what I will call human-centered networking. What if, in addition to "traditional" concerns such as scalability, latency, and so forth, we approached networking from human-centered perspectives, such as understandability, maintainability, and installability? In this talk I'll argue for how the existing networking infrastructure impacts the interactive experience of networking, and argue for why networking should be a domain for HCI research. I will also present an overview of my group's work in this area, focusing especially on networking in the home.

Scientific host:Jakob Bardram Administrative host: Annette Enggaard. All are welcome.
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