Basser Seminar Series

Using Technologies of Ubiquitous Computing to Assist Caregivers of Children with Autism

Associate Professor Gregory D. Abowd
College of Computing & GVU Center
Georgia Institute of Technology

22 June 2005, 2:00-3:00pm

Basser Conference Room (Madsen Building G92)


Parents and teachers of children with autism (CWA) often use several therapeutic interventions, keeping vast records to assess improvement in behavior and learning. Automated capture technologies and the associated access interfaces for exploring past experiences are particularly promising for monitoring the effectiveness of these interventions for behavioral and learning disabilities in children. Behavioral and learning data can be captured, analyzed, and mined over time to provide valuable evidence to track the progress of any intervention. Prototypes developed for this problem must address both technical and social factors to be successful. These factors include providing for all elements of the care cycle, understanding the need for qualitative richness of collected data, minimizing the effort required to use capture technology, addressing privacy concerns, and considering financial constraints. In this talk, I will discuss some of the work done by my research group over the past year in formative studies of this application domain and some deployment studies in structured and unstructured settings, both in homes and in schools.

Speaker's biography

Gregory D. Abowd Associate Professor, College of Computing & GVU Center, Georgia Tech Founding Director, Aware Home Research Initiative (,

Gregory D. Abowd is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research is in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, with particular focus on the engineering and evaluation of mobile and ubiquitous computing applications. He leads a research group in the College of Computing focussed on the development of prototype future computing environments which emphasize mobile and ubiquitous computing technology for everyday uses. The general themes he investigates include automated capture environments, context-aware computing, and natural interaction. He has focussed his applications work in the domains of university education (the Classroom 2000 and eClass projects), the office (CyberDesk, TeamSpace) and home (the Aware Home). His most recent work has extended into the domain of early childhood interventions for children with autism. Dr. Abowd has affiliations with several campus research groups, including the GVU Center and the Broadband Institute, for which he is Associate Director in charge of the Residential Laboratory research.

Dr. Abowd received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and the degrees of M.Sc. (1987) and D.Phil. (1991) in Computation from the University of Oxford, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Before coming to Georgia Tech in 1994, Dr. Abowd held post-doctoral positions with the Human-Computer Interaction group at the University of York in England and with the Software Engineering Institute and Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.