Friday 15th Nov 2013 – Dr Per Ola Kristensson

Dr Per Ola Kristensson – University of St Andrews

Reimagining the way we type

A text entry method is a culture-preserving device and a defining feature of civilization. Unfortunately, text entry is suboptimal in many situations, such as when users are mobile or rate limited by for instance a motor disability. However, recently developed sensors and data processing approaches allow us to reimagine the way we type, promising a more fluid and efficient typing process for a variety of situations. In this talk I will first discuss the principles for creating fast text entry methods. Thereafter I will demonstrate a few interfaces we have developed that enable users to write fast using touchscreens, speech, predictive keyboards and eye-tracking devices.

Per Ola Kristensson is a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in creating intelligent interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives. In particular, his research focuses on text entry interfaces and other interaction techniques. His research on new keyboard technologies, mobile speech recognition interfaces, crowdsourcing methodologies for langauge modelling and gaze-tracking multi-display systems has been covered by international news media, including BBC, New Scientist, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, The Guardian and many others. His PhD thesis was on gesture keyboard technology for touchscreens and in 2007 he co-founded ShapeWriter, Inc. to commercialise this technology. He was the Director of Engineering of this company until it was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2010. ShapeWriter was selected as the 8th best iPhone application by Time magazine in 2008 and won a Google Android ADC50 developer award the same year. He did his doctoral work at the Institute of Technology at Linköping University, Sweden and at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA (Ph.D. Computer Science 2007). In 2008-2011 he was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). He is an Honorary Associate Professor (Docent) in Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. In 2013 he was recognised as an Innovator Under 35 (TR35) by MIT Technology Review and appointed a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.

School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Riverside East, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Conference Room N204, 14:10 – 15:10.


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