Everyday Computing for Homes and Families
A major focus of my research is studying and building technology to support families. In this area I have worked on family calendaring, exploring how families share technology at home, and family connectedness. Most recently I'm focused on home automation.
Family Calendaring and LINC
With Carman Neustaedter, I built and designed LINC, an inkable digital family calendar. With the LINC prototype our goal was to unite the flexibility of paper calendars with the ability to turn calendaring information digital, allowing it to then be used as part of an integrated family calendaring system. LINC is designed for pen interactions with the intention that LINC would be always on running on a display in a kitchen or other high traffic location in the home.
- Life Scheduling to Support Multiple Social Roles
Andrea Grimes and A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2008 Short paper
- Did You Leave the Calendar On? Exploring trade-offs between availability and power consumption in the home.
A.J. Bernheim Brush. Position Paper for Ubicomp 2007 workshop: Ubiquitous Sustainability: Technologies for Green Values
- A Digital Family Calendar in the Home: Lessons from Field Trials of LINC
Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Saul Greenberg, Graphics Interface 2007.
Related technical report: LINC in the Home: Field Trials of a Digital Family Calendar, MSR-TR-2006-66
- "The Calendar is Crucial":" Coordination and Awareness through the Family Calendar
Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Saul Greenberg,
Joint MSR Research Tech. Report and Dept. of Computer Science at University of Calgary Tech. Report.
- LINC, An Inkable Digital Family Calendar. The Video
Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Saul Greenberg, CSCW 2006 Video program
- "LINC-ing" the Family: The Participatory Design of an Inkable Family Calendar
Carman Neustaedter and A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2006.
- A Survey of Personal and Household Scheduling
A.J. Bernheim Brush and Tammara Combs Turner, Group 2005 posters. We also have a longer technical report A Survey of Personal and Household Scheduling Practices: Implications for Digital Family Calendars available.
Sharing Technology in Domestic Environments
With Kori Inkpen, I studied how families use and share many different kinds of technology in their homes from TVs to computers.
- Family Accounts: A new paradigm for user accounts within the home environment
Serge Egelman, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori Inkpen, CSCW 2008.
- Yours, Mine, and Ours? Sharing and Use of Technology in Domestic Environments.
A.J. Bernheim Brush and Kori M. Inkpen, Ubicomp 2007
We then explored home computer power management:
- It’s Not Easy Being Green:Understanding Home Computer Power Management
Marshini Chetty, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Brian R. Meyers, Paul Johns, CHI 2009.
- Video Playdate: Toward Free Play across Distance
Svetlana Yarosh, Kori M. Inkpen, and A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2010. In press.
- Understanding Family Communication across Time Zones
Xiang Cao, Abigail Sellen, A.J. Bernheim Brush, David Kirk, Darren Edge, Xianghua Ding. CSCW 2010 short paper.
With Kimberly Tee and Kori Inkpen, I explored sharing photos and calendar information between extended families in the SPARCS project.
- SPARCS: Exploring Sharing Suggestions to Enhance Family Connectedness
A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori Inkpen, Kimberly Tee, CSCW 2008.
- SPARCS Video
A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori M. Inkpen, and Kimberly Tee, Microsoft, 2008
- Exploring Communication and Sharing Between Extended Families
Kimberly Tee, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Kori Inkpen, IJHCS Special Issue on Family Communication Technologies
- Organizer, HomeSys 2013
- Organizer, CSCW 2008, Workshop on Designing for Families
- Organizer, Pervasive 2008 Workshop on Pervasive Computing @ Home
- IT@Home:Often Best Left to Professionals
Position paper for CHI 2006 Workshop: http://www.ischool.washington.edu/mcdonald/itathome/index.html
- Designs for Home Life
A.J. Bernheim Brush, Leysia Palen, Laurel Swan and Alex S. Taylor, SIG at CHI 2005.
Enabling mobile devices to continuously sense and infer context opens up a range of new application possibilities from memory assistance to proactive alerting. I am particularly interested in how mobile devices can help people with everyday problems. For example, remembering where you parked your car and capturing to-do items while on the go. Given my interest in CSCW, I have also studied how mobile devices are shared and used to enable sharing.
- Phoneprioception: Enabling Mobile Phones to Infer Where They are Kept
Jason Wiese, T.Scott Saponas, A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2013
- Goldilocks and the Two Mobile Devices: Going Beyond All-Or-Nothing Access to a Device’s Applications Eiji Hayashi, Oriana Riva, Karin Strauss, A.J. Brush, and Stuart Schechter, Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2012
- Your Phone or Mine? Fusing Body, Touch and Device Sensing for Multi-User Device-Display Interaction Mahsan Rofouei, Andrew W. Wilson, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Stewart Tansley, CHI 2012, (Note)
- Understanding the Importance of Location, Time, and People in Mobile Local Search Behavior Jaime Teevan, Amy Karlson, Shahriyar Amini, A.J. Bernheim Brush, John Krumm, Mobile HCI 2011
- SpeakerSense: Energy Efficient Unobtrusive Speaker Identification on Mobile Phones Hong Lu, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Bodhi Priyantha, Amy Karlson, Jie Liu. Pervasive 2011, Best Paper Nominee
- Exploring End User Preferences for Location Obfuscation, Location-Based Services, and the Value of Location
A.J. Bernheim Brush, John Krumm, James Scott, Ubicomp 2010
- User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices
A.J. Bernheim Brush, Amy Karlson, James Scott and Menlo team members, Mobile HCI 2010.
- Newport: Enabling Sharing During Mobile Calls
Junius A. Gunaratne and A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2010.
- Investigating the Use of Voice and Ink for Mobile Micronote Capture
Adrienne Andrew, Amy K. Karlson, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Interact 2009.
- Can I Borrow Your Phone? Understanding Concerns When Sharing Mobile Phones
Amy Karlson, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Stuart Schechter, CHI 2009 short paper.
Interacting with Technology beyond the Desktop
Since working on annotations for my Ph.D. dissertation I have been fascinated by ink and other input modes that move beyond the keyboard and mouse. I’ve played in this space with a number of projects including:
- StepUI: Feeling the need for more fun and physical ways to interact with your computer? In the Step User Interface project we explored using a dance pad as an input device. More information...
- SuperBreak: Repetitive strain injuries and ergonomics concerns have become increasingly significant health issues as a growing number of individuals frequently use computers for long periods of time. Can we make typing breaks more fun and interactive by providing hands-free interactions during breaks? More information…
- Reading Revisited: A number of studies have shown that paper holds several advantages over computers for reading tasks. We revisited the issue of reading in the workplace and compared reading and writing on paper to a dual-monitor desktop system, a pen-enabled horizontal display surface and using multiple tablet computers. More information…
Overwhelmed by your email? In this project, with Danyel Fisher, Marc Smith, Andy Jacobs and Carman Neustaedter I tried to better understand and support email triage. We built the SNARF prototype to explore whether social information from your previous email interactions (e.g. who you send email) can assist you with email triage: handling the flow of messages when time is short and mail is long.
- The SNARF home page describes the project, publications, and press coverage and the SNARF prototype is available as a free download.
- Revisiting Whittaker & Sidner's "Email Overload"; Ten Years Later
Danyel Fisher, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Eric Gleave and Marc A. Smith, CSCW 2006 Note.
- The Social Network and Relationship Finder: Social Sorting for Email Triage
Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Marc A. Smith, Danyel Fisher. CEAS 2005.
- Beyond "From" and "Received": Exploring the Dynamics of Email Triage
Carman Neustaedter, A.J. Bernheim Brush, and Marc A. Smith, CHI 2005, 1977-1980.
Annotations for Asynchronous Collaboration
My dissertation research looked at annotating digital documents for asynchronous collaboration, in particular using annotations for discussion in an educational setting, awareness of annotations, and anchoring of annotations. This research was primarily done while I was an intern in the Collaboration and Multimedia Systems group at Microsoft Research.
- Exploring the Relationship Between Personal and Public Annotations
Catherine C. Marshall and A.J. Bernheim Brush, JCDL 2004, 349-357.
- Annotating Digital Documents for Asynchronous Collaboration
A.J. Bernheim Brush, Ph.D. dissertation, Available as UW Computer Science Technical Report 02-09-02.
- Notification for Shared Annotation of Digital Documents
A.J. Bernheim Brush, David Bargeron, Jonathan Grudin, and Anoop Gupta, CHI 2002, 89-96.
- From Personal to Shared Annotations
Catherine Marshall and A.J. Bernheim Brush, CHI 2002 Extended Abstracts, 812-813.
- Supporting Interaction Outside of Class: Anchored Discussion vs. Discussion Boards
A.J. Bernheim Brush, David Bargeron, Jonathan Grudin, Alan Borning, and Anoop Gupta, CSCL 2002, 425-434.
- Robust Annotation Positioning in Digital Documents
A.J. Bernheim Brush, David Bargeron, JJ Cadiz, and Anoop Gupta, CHI 2001, 285-292.