contextual intelligence back to focus areas
Anticipating needs and proactively delivering information from social and device networks
PARC has been pioneering the research and development of post-personal computer information services through wireless networking, client-server architectures, and multi-device interaction. These two decades of research resulted in the invention of ubiquitous computing and context-aware services that anticipate a user's situation, proactively serve their information needs, and personalize recommendations.
We apply social and behavioral sciences to model human behaviors by fusing data from social, device, and information networks, as well as rigorous analytics and advanced machine learning techniques. Our privacy approach also extends beyond simple permissions settings; we uniformly preserve the anonymity of users through cryptographic analytic techniques.
Our goal is to create context-aware services that help people see more of what they need, suppress the "noise", and discover hidden relationships between people, information, and events.
Contextual Intelligence for automotive
PARC Forum - "Context: the challenge... and the opportunities"
Consumer Case Study - Magitti
Making it easy to find things people like to do with friends
Young adults in Tokyo like to meet up at metro stations, but often don't seek out unfamiliar areas of the city. The "Magitti" mobile leisure activity recommendation system not only introduces young adults to new places, but also goes beyond simple location-based search by prioritizing listings about local restaurants, stores, movies, and other places according to the outdoor leisure activities users most likely want to do: dining, shopping, seeing shows, sports, and more. Magitti accomplishes this through a comprehensive personalization system which analyzes and incorporates actions and preferences. Even when users are familiar with an area, Magitti serendipitously discovers new things they like to do. Magitti was launched on the Japan iTunes store as "Machireco". [read more about this work and the client engagement]
Enterprise Case Study - Meshin
Bringing order to communication chaos
The ease of sending information has created the problem of sifting through thousands of messages to find the pieces that matter. Meshin, a Xerox-funded startup incubated at PARC, was designed to solve this challenge by analyzing email and organizing it the way people naturally think: by place, time, topic, people, organization, and their connections to each other. Whether on the road, at home, or in the office, Meshin's cloud-based semantic mesh organizes messages and proactively presents information that is pertinent to the user's context. [learn more about Meshin]
Military Case Study
Providing real-time actionable information for small-unit operations
Unlike military operations in the past where large-unit (battalion and higher echelons) movements determined outcomes, today's military needs real-time information and decision support tools that enable small units and individual soldiers to decide among real-time alternatives: which targets to prioritize, what mission objectives are still attainable after enemy contact, and which objectives are highest-value intelligence sources. Manually entered information is time consuming, incomplete, and often inaccurate, limiting the intelligence value of dangerous missions. Mobile contextual intelligence allows soldiers to automatically detect significant events in the environment (gunshots, crowds) and tag them with contextual meta-data such as soldiers' motion and activities (walking, running, lying down, shooting). On-device analytics can warn soldiers when their patrol routes are becoming dangerously predictable, reducing the danger of ambush.
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Understanding Email Writers: Personality Prediction from Email Messages
10 June 2013 | Rome, Italy
Bayesian Network Model for Predicting Insider Threats
24 May 2013 | San Francisco, CA