The sold-out Carpe 2004 workshop is now part of our experiences, and we are looking forward to the future of CARPE. To keep current on CARPE, please check out the SIGMM CARPE page, which has the latest information and includes pointers to the mailing list.
CARPE 2004 was a sell-out, gathering leading researchers from around the world to share their findings and insights into this burgeoning field. Eight full papers and three demos were accepted. Three industrial demonstrations, a panel discussion on the future of CARPE and invited talks from pioneering cyborg Steve Mann and industry legend Gordon Bell rounded out an stimulating program.
Foreword From Proceedings
Welcome to the first ACM workshop on Continuous Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experiences - CARPE 2004. Personal storage of all one's media throughout a lifetime has been desired and discussed since at least 1945, when Vannevar Bush published As We May Think, positing the “Memex” device “in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.” His vision was astonishingly broad for the time, including full-text search, annotations, hyperlinks, virtually unlimited storage and even stereo cameras mounted on eyeglasses. In 2004, storage, sensor, and computing technology have progressed to the point of making Memex feasible and even affordable. Indeed, we can now look beyond Memex at new possibilities.
In particular, while media capture has typically been sparse throughout a lifetime, we can now consider continuous archival and retrieval of all media relating to personal experiences. The continuous archival paradigm fundamentally alters our relationship to biological memory, since analysis of such media powerfully augments human memory.
This workshop brings together leading researchers from around the world to share their findings and insights into this burgeoning field. The call for papers attracted 25 submissions from Asia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. The submissions were reviewed by at least 3 program committee members, from which 8 full papers and 3 demos were accepted. We also have 3 industrial demonstrations, a panel discussion on the future of CARPE and invited talks from pioneering cyborg Steve Mann and industry legend Gordon Bell.
Our program covers all aspects of CARPE including capture, retrieval, organization, search, privacy, and legal issues. Attendees will hear about capture ranging from sensing brain waves, body posture and heart rates to recording conversations and computer mouse clicks. We will consider how human memory works, how to represent personal knowledge on computers, and how new forms of artistic expression may emerge.
This workshop is the result of excellent contributions by many individuals. We would like to thank the program committee members, our invited speakers, the industrial participants, and the ACM Multimedia conference committee and staff who made this workshop possible.
Steve Mann is a professor at the University of Toronto. Well-known for his pioneering work in wearable computers, mediated reality, and EyeTap cameras, Steve has made many technical contributions in hardware design and image processing. Moreover, Steve has truly lived the life of a "cyborg," giving him unique experience to share with the workshop on such topics as cyborg blogs, inverse surveillance and new avenues of artistic expression.
Gordon Bell is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research. Gordon earned the moniker "father of the minicomputer" while serving as vice president of research and development for Digital Equipment Corporation, where he led in the development of several systems, notably the PDP and VAX lines. Gordon has been a professor at Carnegie Mellon, served as the first head of the NSF Computing Directorate, and is the author of books on computer technology and startups. Gordon was instrumental in founding the Computer History Museum, and is digitizing his own history as part of the MyLifeBits project.
CARPE was held in the InterSchool room on the 7th floor of the Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (CEPSR) building at Columbia University on 120th Street. Directions to CEPSR
Jim Gemmell, Microsoft Research
Hari Sundaram, Arizona State U.