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A.J. Bernheim Brush’s Projects

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.

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.

We then explored home computer power management: 

Family Connectedness

With Kimberly Tee and Kori Inkpen, I explored sharing photos and calendar information between extended families in the SPARCS project.


Mobile Experiences

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.

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…

Email Triage

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.

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.