Developing Tools for Readers and Writers based on Over-the-Desk Digital Cameras

William Newman

Xerox Research Centre Europe

Friday, May 21, 1999

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Doughnuts
9:00-10:30 Presentation

OCLC Auditorium
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017

People often go to libraries in search of material for incorporation in documents they are writing, e.g. in dissertations, papers, books and reports. At Xerox Research Centre Europe ( XRCE) we have been investigating the use of digital video cameras to support capture of material from printed source materials.

Mr. Newman will briefly cover a number of studies that Xerox Research Centre has conducted of library users and authors, explain their approach to designing tools that deliver performance improvements to such users, and describe one such tool, CamWorks, which employs over-the-desk video cameras.

William Newman has been a principal scientist at XRCE Cambridge since 1988. He was previously a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1973-1979. His current interests are in technologies for integrating paper and electronic documents, and in methods for designing systems so as to achieve performance improvements for the user. He is co-author, with Mik Lamming, of the recent textbook, Interactive System Design; previously he co-authored a pioneering graphics text, Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics, with Robert Sproull. He is a member of the recently formed ACM SIGCHI Publications Board; since 1980 he has been a visiting professor in the Computer Science Department, Queen Mary Westfield College, London.

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