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[ba-unrev-talk] Total Access System, Open Interface, and Assisted (DKR) Cognition Projects

Similar to the Total Access System and Open Interface development at the
Archimedes Project at Stanford < http://archimedes.stanford.edu/ >, the
Assisted Cognition Project at Univ. of Washington is exploring ways in
which wireless AI caretakers (e.g., in-context DKR applications) can be
developed into a "Cognitive Radio" and for universal use like
eye-glasses.    (01)

* Archimedes Project    (02)

"Founded at Stanford University in 1990 as an independent research
organization, The Archimedes Project studies barriers to accessing and
using information, computers, and information appliances and identifies
and designs innovative solutions, including accessors, that advance
universal access to and use of information and control of one's
environment.    (03)

Our multidisciplinary teams of faculty, researchers, students, IT
engineers, and international visitors work to improve interaction with
computers and information and control of their environment for people
with disabilities, the elderly, people with limited literacy, and people
who use computers and information appliances."    (04)

"The Open Interface; Beyond Keyboards and Mice," by Keith Newman. e.nz
Magazine, May/June 2002. This cover story provides Archimedes and Total
Access System (TAS) overview.
< http://archimedes.stanford.edu/press.html# >    (05)

More info, contact Anne Knight, Director of Communications 
E-mail: < knightwrite@pacbell.net >
Phone: + 1 650 723-1710
< http://archimedes.stanford.edu/contact.html >    (06)

* Assisted Cognition Project    (07)

The wireless Activity Compass device is an initial step in the
University of Washington's Assisted Cognition Project for exploring ways
in which computer science can for compensate diminished mental capacity.    (08)

>    (09)

"For example, Kautz said, imagine you’re walking down the street on a
weekday afternoon. The Activity Compass senses your location, direction
of travel and can tell by your velocity and pattern of movement that
you’re walking. It also knows that you usually catch a bus that time of
day at a nearby bus stop. In addition, the device is patched into
real-time information on the bus’s exact location (data that is
available in Seattle).    (010)

“The Activity Compass sees that the bus will be there in five minutes,
but at the speed you’re walking you won’t be there for 10 minutes,”
Kautz said. “It then decides ‘maybe I should annoy you’ and says, ‘You
better walk faster to catch that bus.’ Or maybe ‘I think you’re going to
miss that bus – should I suggest an alternative route?’    (011)

“By the same token, if it senses that you’re lost, it might say, ‘Hey, I
think you need help.’ That gives the person the option of saying, ‘No, I
know what I’m doing.’”    (012)

The device will be designed to learn from interactions with the user and
adapt to changing behavior as the disease progresses."    (013)

For more information, contact Kautz at (206) 543-1896, (206) 953-7522
(cell) or kautz@cs.washington.edu. An overview of the project is
available on the Web at <
http://www.cs.washington.edu/assistcog/acaaai02.pdf >
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