User Interfaces for Pervasive Computing



  • Come hear how user interfaces that enable devices to interact directly with the environment will become a necessity.



    Jim Goldberger (Bio), VP Business Development, Canesta

    Gene BeckerDirector, Cooltown, HP Labs

    Anind K Dey (Bio), Adjunct Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

    User Interfaces are a critical element enabling Pervasive Computing. As human beings become increasingly mobile and types of computing devices multiply, user interfaces are evolving to address these end user environments in ways that offer ease of use, security and context awareness. The new types of user interfaces will enable human beings to interact with devices in multiple ways. As more and more computing devices get deployed in non-traditional environments, user interfaces that enable devices to interact directly with the environment will become a necessity.

    Pathbreaking work is being done both in research labs and startups. UC Berkeley’s Group for User Interfaces is performing research in several areas that address real applications in pervasive environments such as context aware interaction. Cooltown, a research group of HP Labs has been working at the intersection of nomadicity, appliances, networking, and the web. Cooltown is HP’s vision of people, places, and things in a connected world, wired and wireless where humans are mobile, devices and services are federated and context-aware, and everything has a web presence.Canesta is the inventor of a revolutionary, low-cost electronic perception technology that enables ordinary electronic devices to perceive and react to nearby objects or individuals in real time, opening up a whole range of applications for consumer, automotive, industrial, military, and medical use.

    As for the SDForum Pervasive Computing group itself, our events are intended to be catalytic as well as informative; our goal is to provide a gathering that can assist in the creation of value for existing Pervasive Computing businesses, and lead to the formation of new Pervasive Computing startups.

    Panelist Bios


    James Goldberger, Vice President of Business Development, Canesta

    Mr. Goldberger has over 20 years sales and marketing experience with technology-oriented companies. He was an early principal and Vice President for 11 years with Geoworks, a mobile device operating system and wireless service provider. Mr. Goldberger secured strategic partnerships with Nokia, Ericsson and Telecom Finland and was a key member of the executive team that drove Geoworks' successful IPO.

    Prior to Geoworks, Mr. Goldberger was an early member of the Mattel Electronics marketing team that launched the Intellivision Video Game System and hand-held electronic games, helping that division achieve sales of $500MM. He later was a co-founder of Imagic, an entertainment software company that achieved sales of $77MM in its first full year of operation. Mr. Goldberger was Account Supervisor at BBDO advertising on software business and held several sales executive positions at Xerox Corporation. Mr. Goldberger has a B.S. in Business from Drake University and an M.S. in Marketing from the University of Arizona.


    Anind K. Dey, Ubicomp Software Architect, Intel Research Berkeley & Adjunct Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

    Dr. Anind Dey has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing for the past 7 years. He recently joined the new Intel Research lab in Berkeley where he is continuing his work in pervasive computing. Anind is also an adjunct professor in computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. He focuses his research on the human-computer interaction and software engineering aspects of pervasive computing, building applications and programming toolkits. His current interests are context-aware computing, privacy issues and ambient displays. Anind received his PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, his Master's in Computer Science and his Master's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and his BApSc in Computer Enginering from Simon Fraser University.

    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1

    4000 Middlefield Road

    Palo Alto, CA 94303


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza

    7:00-7:15pm introductions and announcements

    7:15-8:30pm presentation

    8:30-9:00pm Q&A



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members

    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID

    No registration required