Sensing our way into a future of ubiquitous computing systems
The uitlity of computing is derived from the kinds of input the computing system can sense. With the ability to interpret subjects, environments, peripheral objects, and other information, our computers will eventually realize ubiquitous computing, a future where computing invisibly enhances our world. This will include technology that locates missing keys, tracks dietary habits, stimulates globally-connected education, and helps Alzheimer's patients remember their loved ones. Unfortunately, many barriers stand in the way of ubiquitous computing. The Mobile Systems Research Studio aims to tackle the systems implications of ubiquitous computing. Among many other projects, we envision designs for (1) ultra-low power consumption so devices do not need to charge from a wall; (2) privacy mechanisms to give users awareness and control over their sensed data; and (3) rich multimedia interaction for mixed-reality visualization. Whatever the future of computing may look like, the Mobile Systems Research Studio plans to address fundamental systems challenges in getting there.
This talk will introduce Robert LiKamWa's research philosophy in designing the future of computing systems, an application of this philosophy to his prior work, and his strategy to move ubiquitous computing forward.
Robert LiKamWa is an assistant professor at Arizona State University, appointed in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE). LiKamWa heads the Mobile Systems Research Studio, which designs software and hardware systems to raise the performance, efficiency, privacy, and expressiveness of smartphones, tablets, IoT, VR/AR, drones, and other mobile systems. Prior to coming to ASU, LiKamWa completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and in Beijing, China, Samsung Mobile Processor Innovation Lab in Richardson, Texas, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.