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20 April 2004

Sensing Change

The phones and portable devices we carry with us already extend our senses, enabling hearing and seeing far beyond our physical range. Soon these devices will extend our sense of touch. These increasingly intimate objects will be connected to us, to the world and to each other. The coincidence of pervasive connectedness, situational awareness and richly multimodal input and output capabilities will redefine every aspect of the computational landscape. How will we interact with a world in which the boundaries between the physical and the digital are transparent? Can we perceive and act in more than one domain simultaneously? Can we store information in our bodies or retrieve a physical reaction from another person, place or time?

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08.15 - 09.15 Registration
09.30 - 09.40 Welcome Address
Simon Jones, Managing Director, Media Lab Europe
09.40 - 09.55 Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab
09.55 - 10.45 Keynote 1
Roope Takala, Nokia Research Center
"Sensing My Device and Contextual Awareness: My New Dimensions of Communication"
10.45 - 11.15 Keynote 2
Sile O'Modhrain, Principal Research Scientist, Media Lab Europe
11.15 - 11.25 Industry Example - "The Haptic Phone"
Angela Chang, Motorola
11.25 - 11.55 Coffee Break
11.55 - 12.55 Media Lab Europe research group introductions
12.55 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.30 Open House

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Profile: Roope Takala
Program Manager, Nokia Research Center
Roope Takala is a Project and Program Manager at the Electronics Laboratory of Nokia Research Center. His current work is managing research and technology implementation in the domain of Input Devices. His prior work includes the management of projects in actively controlled haptics, electromechanics integration, competitor benchmarking, Design for Assembly and developing a system for product concept demonstration.
Mr. Takala has also worked as a Visiting Scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation in Product Development. His work concentrated on product concept creation and evaluation related research. His field of study was the so-called 'fuzzy front end' processes and methodologies of product development.
Mr. Takala received his MSc. from Helsinki University of Technology in 1998, and is currently working on a Ph.D. degree. He has published several journal and conference papers on product concepting, environmentally sustainable engineering design and Design for Assembly. He is also a co-author of a book on product concepting. He currently has three patens pending and one granted. Mr. Takala has previously worked for CERN, ABB, Helsinki University of Technology and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

"Sensing My Device and Contextual Awareness: My New Dimensions of Communication"

New advanced sensor technologies and feedback systems allow us to expand the capabilities of mobile devices. These advanced devices connect us better, not only to our surroundings, but also to the device itself. To date most applications have been single sensor based and simple. Combining multiple sensor input with smart contextual algorithms and adaptive feedback mechanism opens the door to amazing application opportunities.
Automation of everyday tasks on a socially acceptable basis can include features such as, automated environment control, silent mode activation automatically where appropriate and adjusting alerts according to situation and urgency. The opportunities are made possible when only when multimodal input and output is available. The modes utilized by applications can then be selected according to optimal performance in any given use situation.