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Steps toward Activity-Oriented Computing

João Sousa, Vahe Poladian, David Garlan, Bradley Schmerl and Peter Steenkiste.

In Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Next Generation Software Program Workshop, Miami, FL, 14 April 2008.

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Most pervasive computing technologies focus on helping users with computer-oriented tasks. In this NSF-funded project, we instead focus on using computers to support user-centered activities that normally do not involve the use of computers. Examples may include everyday tasks around such as answering the doorbell or doing laundry. A focus on activity-based computing brings to the foreground a number of unique challenges. These include activity definition and representation, system design, interfaces for managing activities, and ensuring robust operation. Our project focuses on the first two challenges.

Keywords: Aura, Ubiquitous Computing.  
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