Student Deliverables

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Written / oral presentations: 20%

  • Presentation: you will present at least one topic that you have researched to the class (includes collecting and disseminating resource materials). Make the content appropriate for the audience, i.e., you are speaking to your class members who have started reading and learning about ubicomp. Donít dumb it down, but donít start going so narrow that you lose everyone.
    • Sept 17: presentation suggestions
    • Sept 24: presentation proposal (this is a contract)
    • Oct 15: Post key readings / slides / materials as class-accessible files
    • Oct 22: Hand in your slides to Saul (this applies to all presenters, regardless of the day you are presenting)
    • Oct 22 and 29: Presentations as scheduled. Note that you may hand out other material if you wish (e.g., paper copy of your slides). However, you MUST give out a 1 page max synopsis of your presentation, which includes:
      • title,
      • executive summary (a few paragraphs)
      • a short bibliogrpahy of resources (i.e., papers, web sites, etc) that students can go through for further information (I emphasise quality over quantity).
  • Discussions: you will lead the discussion on several readings to the class (arranged with the instructor)
    • on-going
  • Blog: you will regularly contribute to the class blog
    • on-going
  • Contributions: you will contribute to on-going class discussions and critiques
    • on-going

Assignments: 20%

You will do 2 to 3 assignments to acquire hands-on experiences in social science field study methods. Details will be provided by Dray and Associates, with due dates of provided in class.

Current assignments (subject to change) include:

  • Research planning assignment, including: elaborating a set of focus topics and subtopics; developing a sampling strategy and a rationale for including different family types; and identifying several contextual data collection strategies
  • Data collection ó In-home visits (1 to 2 homes), write up narrative of the visit
  • Analysis of notes from the visit (e.g., coding, annotation)

Major Project: 60%

The student must propose and carry through a major independent project in this area, with the project agreed upon by the instructor. Projects can cover a broad range of topics within the domestic computing area. Preference will be for projects that are tied to your research and that has potential to produce publishable results. Projects may focus on field research, technology, or a mix. For example:

  • a study/analysis of a particular niche relevant to domestic environments
  • design and implementation of a significant device and / or information appliance


  • Sep 17: project suggestions (2 or 3, 1/2 page each)
  • Sep 24: draft project proposal(s) (~ 1 page)
  • Oct 1: detailed project proposal - indicates motivation, objective, milestones, schedule and deliverables. This is a contract.(~ 3-6 pages)
  • Oct 1 - Nov 12: Periodic reporting and demonstrations of milestones
  • Nov 19: conference-style presentation + demonstration summarizing your project, its findings, and implementations (if any)
  • Dec. 3: project report - an 8-10 page report in ACM CHI format
  • Dec. 3: organized archive of all your material/software (electronic and/or paper as best fits the material)