The Dissertation

picture of me wearing the wearable

I graduated with my doctorate in June 2005. I conducted my doctoral research at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in Professor Rod Brooks's group.

For up-to-date information, you can download this article and this poster which summarize most of the work. You can also find them on my publications page. If you are especially ambitious, you can download my thesis.

I used to claim that I would update this section of my website at some point to convey the resulting work. I am no longer convinced that I will update this section, so I suggest you download a document.

For my dissertation I created Duo, a wearable system that uses new methods for perceiving and understanding the kinematic configuration of the wearer's body, the appearance of the world from the wearer's perspective, and the relationship between the two during everyday activity. Wearable systems have a privileged first-person sensory perspective on the activities of the wearer that provides unique opportunities for intelligent systems. Systems that better perceive and understand everyday human activity will be more capable of assisting people, coordinating with people, learning from people, and emulating human activity.