The applications we create are framed by the tools we use to create them. On one hand, tools codify effective practice and empower design. On the other, that same codification eventually constrains design. My research examines new approaches to interactive systems in light of this tradeoff, often with an emphasis on unlocking existing codifications to enable new designs. This talk will focus on three examples:
Given these examples, I argue research must consider not only specific applications, but also the assumptions codified by underlying tools and how those tools frame our understanding of what application designs are even possible.
James Fogarty is an Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington (https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~jfogarty). His broad research interests are in engineering interactive systems, often with a focus on the role of tools in developing, deploying, and evaluating new approaches to the human obstacles surrounding everyday adoption of ubiquitous computing and intelligent interaction.