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Morten Kyng, University of Aarhus

 Morten  Kyng Morten Kyng's main research areas are participatory design, computer supported cooperative work, pervasive computing, and human-computer interaction. His main focus is currently participatory design of new paradigms for 'palpable' pervasive computing systems within healthcare. That is pervasive systems that are capable of being noticed and that the users may investigate and apprehend mentally. Morten Kyng is professor of pervasive computing at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Aarhus. The professorship is sponsored for a five-year-period by Systematic Software Engineering - www.systematic.dk. Morten received his Doctor of Science from the University of Aarhus in 1996. He currently directs the Centre for Pervasive Computing - www.pervasive.dk, a national research centre with headquarters at Katrinebjerg in Aarhus. In 2001 he was, as the only European, appointed to the ACM CHI Academy for leadership in the field of computer-human interaction.

Presentation: "PalCom: Making a World filled with Embedded Systems Understandable"

Track:   Platforms For Embedded Software

Time: Tuesday 10:15 - 10:45

Location: SAS Suecia

Abstract: Computing capabilities are becoming invisible and autonomous pointing to a future where amazing things can be accomplished for the users by the technology without the users knowing that the computers even exist. However, such visions of computing are problematic because they leave the users without any control. We will argue for a balanced view, called palpable computing, emphasizing how systems need to be understandable - sometimes invisible, sometimes visible and sometimes suggesting courses of action rather than acting automatically - with the aim of enabling users to stay in control when dealing with a huge number of autonomous components

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