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Ideas to improve the initiative
A collection of idle thoughts about how we could improve the
Bristol Wearable Computing Initiative.
- Launch a reading group to help members stay abreast of
current research themes. In particular I would like
students involved in the initiative to be focussed on
research themes as well as the development of platforms
and applications. They should see themselves as
researchers as well as developers.
- Link up with Pete Rodgers (HPLB) investigation of
- Develop a list of "adjoining domains of
interest" and assign individuals to follow up the
areas. The aim here would be to attempt to expand the
relevance of the BWCI and to keep it open to external
input for new directions. Some directions:
"in-car" computing, the home, the internet...?
An interesting thought-experiment would be to try to
force fit the BWCI with diverse topical research themes
- How can we integrate better with HPLB's Appliance
Computing Department and the Digital Media Department?
Ans: go and see Robin and Nick, get them to review the
programme so far and get talking.
- Need to develop clearer medium term plans. This means
developing a list of possible activities relating to the
ERP research themes and then prioritising and committing.
Ultimately we need to assign objectives including
measures and time alloctions to all contributors to the
project. These needn't be detailed, but they should be
clear enough to allow us to measure the progress and
success of the BWCI over time. Another angle on this is
to develop a collection of MSc student project ideas - we
are supposed to be doing this anyway.
- Set up some kind of task list to ensure that things to be
done and new ideas for things we should be doing are not
lost - similar to the action lists in meeting minutes
except that ideas/tasks can be added anytime - not just
in meetings - and that things can be suggested without
simultaneously having to assign people to do them.
- Arrange an open day - take the CJ to HPLB to show members
of the Personal Systems Labs what we are doing and
encourage their involvement.
- Solve the partnership issue - in the long term we would
like to open up the BWCI to more participants. These may
be either local organisations, perhaps non-technical,
contributing their own perspectives and skills to a
particular wearable computing business scenarios, or they
may be technical organisations. Either way, at this early
stage it may somewhat de-focusing to bring in other
organisations, but this is definitely something that we
want to do in the medium and long term.
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