ACM MobiSys 2021: Keynotes
Keynote 1: Shree K. Nayar (Professor, Columbia University and Director, SNAP, Inc.)
Session Chair: Suman Banerjee
June 28th (Monday), 12 Noon to 1 PM (ET)
Abstract: Computational imaging uses new optics to capture a coded image, and an appropriate algorithm to decode the captured image. This approach has enabled mobile devices to produce images that are rich, immersive and interactive. In this talk, we will show examples of computational imaging that are transforming the way visual information is captured, communicated and used by both humans and machines.
Speaker Bio: Shree K. Nayar is the T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, and Director of NYC Research at Snap Inc. At Columbia, he head the Computer Vision Laboratory (CAVE), which develops computational imaging and computer vision systems. His research is focused on three areas - the creation of novel cameras that provide new forms of visual information, the design of physics-based models for vision and graphics, and the development of algorithms for understanding scenes from images. His work is motivated by applications in the fields of imaging, computer vision, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, visual communication, computer graphics and human-computer interfaces.
Nayar received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. For his research and teaching he has received several honors including the David Marr Prize (1990 and 1995), the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (1992), the National Young Investigator Award (1993), the NTT Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award (1994), the Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), the Columbia Great Teacher Award (2006), the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Achievement Award (2009), Sony Appreciation Honor (2014), the Columbia Engineering Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2015), the IEEE PAMI Distinguished Researcher Award (2019), and the Funai Achievement Award (2021).
For his contributions to computer vision and computational imaging, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014.
Keynote 2: Vikas Gupta (CEO, Wonder Workshop)
Session Chair: Suman Banerjee
Title: (Mobile) Computing for Kids
June 30th (Wednesday), 10.30 - 11.30 AM (ET)
Abstract: Over 53% of children have their own smartphone by the age of 11 – a number that’s only bound to increase. Often, though, these users are not front of mind for inventors, designers, and creators bringing mobile tech into the hands of these users. In this talk I will share our learnings and experiences having worked with millions of young kids, across schools and homes. I’ll touch upon what it means to design for the youngest of users, the challenges and approaches to closing the gender gap in computing and STEM, and how to address privacy concerns for this audience. I hope to spark conversations and thoughts on how the community of researchers and inventors building the next wave of mobile computing platforms can make them even better tools for the young ones.
Speaker Bio: Vikas Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop, where he leads the company to give every child the tools to imagine and invent the future. Wonder Workshop’s award-winning robots, Dash, Dot, and Cue, are used by millions of girls and boys at school and at home to learn to solve problems with 21st-century tools: coding and robotics. In 2018, KAPi recognized Vikas as the Emerging Pioneer at the CES. Prior to Wonder Workshop, Vikas led the payments and Web Services products at Amazon. Vikas co-founded Jambool, that was acquired by Google in 2010. Vikas continued at Google, leading the consumer payments initiatives at Google.
Wonder Workshop is a learning platform for school districts and educators to help students learn 21st century skills with demonstrated learning outcomes in Math and Computational Thinking. Founded in 2012 Wonder Workshop’s mission is to spark creativity among kids of all ages, inspiring lifelong learning. Wonder Workshop’s award winning platform spans digital and physical computing tools, including Dash robot, that help children in K-8 grades master coding and robotics. Used in more than 4,000 school districts in the US, Wonder Workshop’s platform is a standards-aligned cost-effective tool for district leaders to deliver 21st century skills efficacy with 1-1 access for every student. Wonder Workshop’s platform enables learning continuity at home, giving teachers the ability to support students during distance learning.
Keynote 3: Lorrie Faith Cranor (Professor, CMU)
Session Chair: Luca Mottola
Title: Designing Useful and Usable Privacy Interfaces
July 1st (Thursday), 12 Noon - 1 PM (ET)
Abstract: Users who wish to exercise privacy rights or make privacy choices must often rely on website or app user interfaces. However, too often, these user interfaces suffer from usability deficiencies ranging from being difficult to find, hard to understand, or time-consuming to use, to being deceptive and dangerously misleading. This problem is often exacerbated when trying to make privacy choices for mobile or IoT devices with small or non-existent screens. This talk will provide insights into the reasons why it can be difficult to design privacy interfaces that are usable and useful and suggest user-centric approaches to designing privacy interfaces that better meet user needs and reduce the overwhelming number of privacy choices. I’ll discuss some of our research along these lines at Carnegie Mellon University including our design and evaluation of privacy “nutrition” labels for websites, mobile apps, and IoT devices, as well as personal privacy assistants and other tools.
Speaker Bio: Lorrie Faith Cranor is the FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where she is director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-director of the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. In 2016 she served as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission, working in the office of Chairwoman Ramirez. She is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc, a security awareness training company. She has authored over 150 research papers on online privacy, usable security, and other topics. She has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community, having co-edited the seminal book Security and Usability (O’Reilly 2005) and founded the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). She also chaired the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the W3C and authored the book Web Privacy with P3P (O’Reilly 2002). She has served on a number of boards, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation Board of Directors, and on the editorial boards of several journals. In her younger days, she was honored as one of the top 100 innovators 35 or younger by Technology Review magazine. She was previously a researcher at AT&T-Labs Research and taught in the Stern School of Business at New York University. She holds a doctorate in Engineering and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a fellow of the ACM and of the IEEE.