Daniel Ashbrook

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Curriculum Vitæ (CV) (A4)

I care about how people and technology interact, and how we can create new technology to ease peoples' lives or to give them new abilities. I like to make new things.

I recently finished my PhD in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. My thesis (more below) concentrated on microinteractions, which are interactions with a device that are typically under four seconds long. Examples include checking the time on your watch, glancing at your current speed on you car's dashboard, or shutting off your cell phone's ringer. I'm working on interfaces for microinteractions on wristwatch computers, and creating a tool to help designers build gesture-based interfaces to on-body devices.

In the past I have done many things, such as helping to create a system for commanding officers to understand what's happening with their soldiers in the field; automatically learning peoples' daily schedules through GPS tracking; working on the first commercially available open-hardware wearable computer; and creating a device that allows elderly people to gesture to control lights and media equipment rather than use remote controls.

I am now a Senior Researcher in New Mobile Forms and Experiences at Nokia Research Center Hollywood, located in Santa Monica, California. See my new web page.

Research

My research concentrates on the usability of mobile and wearable computing. This includes not only Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) topics, but also Intelligent Systems (IS) research. My thesis work is on interfaces for microinteractions. A microinteraction is something that takes a very short amount of time, such as checking your watch or reading an SMS. I'm particularly looking at how to support this activity while mobile, using body-worn fast-access devices, starting with the wristwatch.

In November 2009 I successfully defended my dissertation. Click here to download the full document (20.7MB), or you can just read the abstract (click to expand).reveal hidden content

Quick Paper Links

Four of my papers you should read:

Calendar mockup icon An Investigation into Round Touchscreen Wristwatch Interaction
Daniel Ashbrook, Kent Lyons, Thad Starner
Proceedings of International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sep 2-5, 2008.
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Quickdraw icon Quickdraw: The Impact of Mobility and On-Body Placement on Device Access Time
Daniel Ashbrook, James Clawson, Kent Lyons, Nirmal Patel, Thad Starner
Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Florence, Italy, Apr 5-10, 2008.
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Pervasive Computing icon Capturing Experiences Anytime, Anywhere PDF
Daniel Ashbrook, Kent Lyons and James Clawson
IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 5, no. 2, 2006, pp. 8-11.
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GPS icon Using GPS to Learn Significant Locations and Predict Movement Across Multiple Users
Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner.
In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Volume 7, Number 5, October 2003, pp. 275-286
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All Publications

MAGIC: A Motion Gesture Design Tool
Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner
Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Atlanta, GA, April 10-15, 2010.
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Localization and 3D Reconstruction of Urban Scenes Using GPS
Kihwan Kim, Jay Summet, Thad Starner, Daniel Ashbrook, Mrunal Kapade and Irfan Essa
Proceedings of International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), Pittsburgh, PA. October 2008.
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An Investigation into Round Touchscreen Wristwatch Interaction
Daniel Ashbrook, Kent Lyons, Thad Starner
Proceedings of International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sep 2-5, 2008.
Abstract (click)reveal hidden content

Quickdraw: The Impact of Mobility and On-Body Placement on Device Access Time
Daniel Ashbrook, James Clawson, Kent Lyons, Nirmal Patel, Thad Starner
Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Florence, Italy, Apr 5-10, 2008.
Abstract (click)reveal hidden content

Recognizing Soldier Activities in the Field
David Minnen, Tracy Westeyn, Peter Presti, Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner
Proceedings of International IEEE Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN). Aachen, Germany. March 2007.
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Capturing Experiences Anytime, Anywhere PDF
Daniel Ashbrook, Kent Lyons and James Clawson
IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 5, no. 2, 2006, pp. 8-11.
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Reading on the Go: An Evaluation of Three Mobile Display Technologies
Kristin Vadas, Kent Lyons, Daniel Ashbrook, Ji Soo Yi, Thad Starner, and Julie Jacko
Graphics Visualization and Usability Center Tech Report 06-09. 2006.
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Augmenting a pH Medical Study with Wearable Video for Treatment of GERD
Thad Starner and Daniel Ashbrook.
Proceedings of ISWC. Arlington, VA. November 2004.
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Augmenting Conversations Using Dual-Purpose Speech
Kent Lyons, Christopher Skeels, Thad Starner, Cornelis M. Snoeck, Benjamin A. Wong, and Daniel Ashbrook.
Proceedings of UIST. Sante Fe, NM. October 2004.
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Using GPS to Learn Significant Locations and Predict Movement Across Multiple Users
Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner.
In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Volume 7, Number 5, October 2003, pp. 275-286
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Learning Significant Locations and Predicting User Movement with GPS
Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner.
Proceedings of IEEE Sixth International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC02). Seattle, WA. October 2002.
Slides from the talk
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Enabling Ad-Hoc Collaboration Through Schedule Learning and Prediction
Daniel Ashbrook and Thad Starner.
Proceedings of CHI Workshop on Mobile Ad-Hoc Collaboration. Minneapolis, MN. April 2002.
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Experiments in Interaction Between Wearable and Environmental Infrastructure Using the Gesture Pendant
Daniel Ashbrook, Jake Auxier, Maribeth Gandy and Thad Starner.
Proceedings of Human Computer Interaction International Workshop on Wearable Computing (HCII2001). New Orleans, LA. August 2001.
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The Gesture Pendant: A Self-illuminating, Wearable, Infrared Computer Vision System for Home Automation Control and Medical Monitoring
Thad Starner, Jake Auxier, Daniel Ashbrook, Maribeth Gandy
Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC 2000). Atlanta, GA. October 2000. pp. 87-94.
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Context Sensing With the Twiddler Keyboard
Daniel Ashbrook
Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC) 1999

Random Software (and stuff)

Pictures!

  • See my photos for sale at my site, burx.com!
  • Also see some of my favorite photos I've taken on flickr, or see all my photos.
  • Pictures from Portland, OR, April 2005.
  • Pictures from Europe, Summer 2004.
  • Pictures from Japan, where I was for Summer 2003.
  • Pictures from my trip to Paris and the UK in November 2002.
  • Pictures from my second month in Zürich, Switzerland in 2002.
  • Pictures from my first month in Zürich, Switzerland at the ETH Wearables Lab in 2002.
  • Pictures from my trip in October 2001 to Zürich, Switzerland for ISWC.
  • Pictures from my vacation in Summer 2001 to New York, Boston, Maine, Quebec and Montreal.
  • Pictures from my study-abroad trip to Barcelona in Summer 1999.
  • Pictures mostly from ACM1 in San Jose, CA in March 2001.
  • Pictures mostly from Chicago, IL where the Gesture Pendant was in an art gallery in January 2001. Also cats.
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