Project

Cellular Squirrel: Autonomous Interactive Intermediaries

Why do our advanced cell phones still ring at completely inappropriate times, such as at the theatre, at the movies, or during family dinners? How would a person contact me in an emergency if I have turned off my cell phone because I am in a meeting? In this work, we explore ways to make mobile communication devices socially intelligent, both in their internal reasoning and in how they interact with people. We propose the concept of an Autonomous Interactive Intermediary that helps the user manage her mobile communication devices in a socially appropriate way.

Why do our advanced cell phones still ring at completely inappropriate times, such as at the theatre, at the movies, or during family dinners? How would a person contact me in an emergency if I have turned off my cell phone because I am in a meeting? In this work, we explore ways to make mobile communication devices socially intelligent, both in their internal reasoning and in how they interact with people. We propose the concept of an Autonomous Interactive Intermediary that helps the user manage her mobile communication devices in a socially appropriate way.