Week # Topics Readings
1 Introduction to “the context problem”  
2 Context for software agents

Brown, P. J., J. D. Bovey, and X. Chen. “Context-aware applications: from the laboratory to the marketplace.” IEEE Personal Communications, 4(5) (October 1997).

Lieberman, Henry, and David Maulsby. “Software That Just Keeps Getting Better.” IBM Systems Journal, Volume 35, Nos. 3 & 4 (1996).

3 Designing User Interfaces for Just-In-Time Information

Rhodes, Bradley. Bulding a Contextually Aware Associative Memory (unpublished draft).

Wickens, CD. “Engineering Psychology and Human Performance.” In Engineering Psychology and Human Performance, Scott Foesman Little Brown, 1992, 74-115 (only skim 74-88).

Norman, Don. “How might we interact with agents?” In Software Agents. Edited by J. Bradshaw. AAAI Press/MIT Press, 1997.

4 Context for learning by example

Lieberman, Henry. Integrating user interface agents with conventional applications.

Potter, Richard. Just-in-Time Programming.

5   Lenat, Doug. The Dimensions of Context-Space.
6 Information visualization

Tufte, Edward. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.

Shneiderman, Ben. Information Visualization.

Cooper, Muriel. Computers and Design.

7 The role of background knowledge as context

Guha and Doug Lenat. Cyc.

Lehnert, Wendy. Computers and Car Bombs.

Brooks, Rod. Intelligence without Representation.

8 Systems that adapt to context

Selker, Ted. COACH: A Teaching Agent That Learns.

Rich, Elaine. Stereotypes and User Modeling.

9 Philosophical and mathematical positions on context

Barwise, Jon, and John Perry. Situations and Attitudes.

Suchman, Lucy. Situated Systems.

Nardi, Bonnie. Context and Consciousness.

10 Machine Learning and formal approaches

Mitchell, Tom,and Langley, Pat. Machine Learning.

Neville-Manning, Craig, and David Maulsby. Sequitur.

McCarthy, John. Circumscription.

11 Sensing context from the environment  
12 Psychological and social perspectives on context

Nass, Cliff, and Byron Reeves. The Media Equation.

Bates, Joseph. The Role of Emotion in Believable Agents.

Laurel, Brenda. Metaphors with Character.

13 Final Project Reports  
14 Final Project Reports  

Course Info
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Fall 2001
Learning Resource Types
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group_work Projects with Examples