I am a Researcher in the Computational User Experiences (CUE) group at Microsoft Research. My general research interests are Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp). More specifically, I spend most of my time creating new human-computer input and output techniques. The broad goal of my work is enabling computing to aid people throughout every aspect of their lives. My focus toward this goal is the concept of Always-Available Computing: the idea that computing can and should be at our fingertips no matter where we are or what we are doing.
In 2010 I completed my PhD in the Computer Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington where I was advised by Professor James Landay and Dr. Desney Tan. In my dissertation work, I created new human-computer interfaces by exploring techniques to harness the untapped bandwidth of the human body for physiological interfaces to computing. The focus of my work in this area has been muscle-computer interfaces. This work has led to many publications and coverage by media outlets including being honored as one of Technology Review's 2010 Young Innovators Under 35.
T. Scott Saponas, Ph.D.
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America
Come to UIST 2009 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and see me present our paper on Muscle-Computer Interfaces. In our latest work, we are exploring directly using muscles for input in situations (such as carrying objects) where normal physical input devices are inconvient or impossible to use. I will also be co-presenting a Tech Note on our new work prototyping new methods for Tongue-Computer Input.
Check out the video below. It is an excerpt from our talk on a new tongue-based input technique. It shows one of our participants playing tetris with a wired version of our device. We also have demonstrated the ability to control a motorized chair from our tongue input device. Our latest version of the device is a wireless orthodontic-like retainer.