Collaborative Scripting for the Web
Speaker: Tessa Lau, IBM Almaden Research Center
Date: Friday, March 21 2008
Time: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
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As more areas of our lives move to the web, we are seeing an increasing need for sharing knowledge about how to do tasks on the web. For example, people want to show their parents how to upload photos, biologists want to show colleagues how to analyze data, employees need to know how to order business cards.
Our CoScripter system employs techniques from programming by demonstration to make it easy for end users to capture, share, and automate scripts forcompleting web-based tasks. One differentiating feature is that scripts areautomatically saved to a shared wiki repository, where others in the community can find, tag, rate, and comment on scripts.
CoScripter has been deployed within a large organization for over a year, and on the public Internet for several months. In this talk, I will explain the technology behind CoScripter, report on the results of user studies that show how CoScripter has improved people's lives, and highlight lessons we learned while deploying a research project on the web for public consumption.
Tessa Lau is a research staff member at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Her work centers on intelligent user interfaces, a cross-disciplinary field that sits at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Her research focuses on programming by demonstration, whose goal is to enable regular end users to automate routine tasks simply by demonstrating to the computer what it should do. More generally, Tessa is interested in finding patterns in human behavior and human-centric information and building tools that exploit these patterns to enable people to do more with less work.
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