Portable and Wearable Computing

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Vaughan Pratt
Chairman, Tiqit Computers Inc.
Professor Emeritus, Computer Science Dept.,Stanford University

Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


A great deal of systems research has been driven by the exponentially increasing speed and scale of computers and the networks that link them. Relatively little attention has been paid to their concomitantly shrinking size. We explore some of the available devices, software, and user models for portable and wearable computing, characterize their interactions, extrapolate some apparent trends, and point up overlooked opportunities. The talk's slides will be presented using Tiqit Computers' Matchbox PC, the world's smallest IBM PC clone.


Vaughan Pratt is Chairman of Tiqit Computers Inc. and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford under Don Knuth. He taught at MIT from 1972 to 1980, working in natural language, algorithms, complexity theory, and logics of programs. While there he helped found and was president of Research and Consulting Inc., a consortium of MIT faculty. In 1980 he joined Stanford's Sun workstation project, subsequently managing it until the formation of Sun Microsystems in 1982, where he designed the Sun logo and the Pixrect graphics system. In March 2000 he retired from Stanford to found Tiqit Computers. He maintains active research interests in wearable computing, speech processing, and concurrency theory.