Experiential Computing

Ramesh Jain, jain@praja.com

Computer Science Department colloquium
April 2, 3:15: 4:15pm, 328 GSRC



















co-organized by

Organizer: Amit Sheth

 The current computing systems are designed to create an information environment.  Information is used for implementing all decisions and is essential for communication and making systems work.  On the other hand, decision-making requires insights resulting from observation and analysis of all relevant data and information from multiple sources.  A very important but often ignored fact in information-centric computing environment designs is that humans are very efficient in perceptual analysis and relatively weak in logical analysis; computers today are exactly opposite.  By using computers and users synergistically as a system, a very different type of computing environment, experiential environments, could be developed. Experiential environments allow a user to directly observe data and information of interest related to an event and to interact with the data based on his interests in the context of that event. 

Three dominant modes in which experience systems will become central piece of computing and communication environments in the very near future are: TeleExperience, Time Machine Experience, and Transformed Experience.   The needs of the experiential computing require rethinking of several basic issues, including Sensor Understanding including computer vision and speech recognition, Information Assimilation, Unified Indexing, Telecommunication, Spatio-Temporal Data Objects, Databases and Storage systems, Networking, and Data and Information Presentation.  In this paper we will present our ideas about experiential computing, and demonstrate these using a few application examples.

Biographical Sketch
Ramesh Jain, Co-Founder and CTO, PRAJA inc. and Professor Emeritus, UCSD

 Ramesh Jain is both an entrepreneur and an academic researcher.  Hes founded three companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management.  Currently he is the co-founder and CTO of PRAJA inc located in San Diego.  Prior to PRAJA, he was the founding CEO and Chairman of Virage (NASD: VRGE), a San Mateo-based company developing systems for media management solutions and visual information management.   He was also the Founder and Chairman of ImageWare Inc., that provided solutions for surface modeling, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, and inspection. ImageWare was acquired by SDRC.

Ramesh is a world-renowned pioneer in multimedia information systems, image databases, machine vision, and intelligent systems. While professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego, he founded and directed artificial intelligence and Visual Computing labs. Ramesh was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and serves on the editorial boards of several magazines in multimedia, business and image and vision processing.  He has co-authored more than 250 research papers in well-respected journals and conference proceedings.  Among his co-authored and co-edited books, is Machine Vision, a textbook used at several Universities.

He also serves on the board of several companies, is involved in research, and enjoys writing.

    Last update: March 22, 2002