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Artifacts and surfaces that can display digital content are proliferating at a steady rate. Many of these displays will be peripheral, i.e., used for content that is not directly related to one's primary activities. However, what kinds of content would people want to see on such peripheral displays? We have begun to investigate the use of peripheral(More)
The Community Collage (CoCollage) is designed to cultivate community in a café, a quintessential "third place", by bringing the richness of online social software into a physical community space. The system shows photos and quotes uploaded to a web site by café patrons and staff on a large computer display in the café, providing a new channel(More)
To A my iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS At the end of my graduate student career, I am nearly overwhelmed by three diierent feelings: exhaustion, relief and gratitude. I will merely acknowledge the rst two, but want to elaborate a bit on the third. My thesis advisor, Wendy Lehnert, has provided guidance and support throughout my w ork on this dissertation. Time and(More)
Environmental factors affecting shared spaces are typically designed to appeal to the broadest audiences they are expected to serve, ignoring the preferences of the people actually inhabiting the environment at any given time. Examples of such factors include the lighting, temperature, décor or music in the common areas of an office building. We have(More)
Academic conferences provide a social space for people to present their work, learn about others' work, and interact informally with one another. However, opportunities for interaction are unevenly distributed among the attendees. We seek to extend these opportunities by allowing attendees to easily reveal something about their background and interests in(More)
There are a variety of digital tools for enabling people who are physically separated by time and space to communicate and collaborate. Widespread use of some of these tools, such as instant messaging and group chat, coupled with the increasingly availability of wireless Internet access, have created new opportunities for using these collaboration tools by(More)
Academic conferences provide a social space for people to present their work and interact with one another. However, opportunities for interaction are unevenly distributed among the attendees. We seek to extend the opportunities for interaction among attendees by using technology to enable them to reveal information about their background and interests in(More)
EVENTMANAGER is a tool that supports peripheral awareness by enabling users to be notified when events of interest take place within their workplace environment. Our initial implementation of the tool allows users to specify events based on people and their locations within the physical environment , e.g., the event of Joe entering his office. We describe(More)