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Mobility Agents for People with Cognitive Disabilities

AgentSheets, Inc. explored the use of wireless handheld computers as customizable prompting devices that enable people with cognitive disabilities use public transportation. As a practical concequence, we developed a running prototype of the Mobility Agents architecture that recognizes and reacts to simple situations. For instance, if the desired bus is approaching a waiting traveler, the prototype generates an appropriate multi-modal prompt that notifies the traveler that their bus is approaching. As a theoretical contribution, we developed a novel theoretical framework called the Pragmatic Web to turn raw data available on the Web to personally meaningful information that is relevant to the individual user.

An interactive flyer describes this project with examples of the prompts appearing on the handheld. A PDF version of this flyer can be used for printing.

Relevant Papers

Repenning, A. and Ioannidou, A., Mobility Agents: Guiding and Tracking Public Transportation Users. in Proceedings of The 8th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2006), (Venezia, Italy, 2006), ACM. (nominated for best paper)

Repenning, A., & Sullivan, J. (2003). The Pragmatic Web: Agent-Based Multimodal Web Interaction with no Browser in Sight. Paper presented at the Interact 2003, Switzerland.

This work was done as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Award number DMI-0233028 and DMI-0349663.

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