Date of Original Version



Conference Proceeding

Published In

Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Next Generation Software Program Workshop, April 14, 2008, pp 1-5

Abstract or Table of Contents

Most pervasive computing technologies focus on helping users with computer-oriented tasks. In this NSF-funded project, we instead focus on using computers to support user-centered “activities” that normally do not involve the use of computers. Examples may include everyday tasks around such as answering the doorbell or doing laundry. A focus on activity-based computing brings to the foreground a number of unique challenges. These include activity definition and representation, system design, interfaces for managing activities, and ensuring robust operation. Our project focuses on the first two challenges