MyLifeBits: Fulfilling the Memex Vision

October 1, 2002 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
EE/CS 5-212
Joe Konstan
MyLifeBits is a project to fulfill the Memex vision first posited by Vannevar Bush in 1945. It is a system for storing all of one's digital media, including documents, images, sounds, and videos. It is built on four principles: (1) collections and search must replace hierarchy for organization (2) many visualizations should be supported (3) annotations are
critical to non-text media and must be made easy, and (4) authoring should be via transclusion. The presentation will include a demo of work to date.

BIO: Jim Gemmell is a researcher in the Microsoft Research Media Presence Group at the Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco. His research interests include personal media management, telepresence, and reliable multicast. He received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University and his M. Math from the University of Waterloo. He produced the on-line version of the
ACM 97 conference and is a co-author of the PGM reliable multicast RFC. Dr. Gemmell serves on the editorial advisory board of Computer Communications.