SIREN : mediated informal communication for serendipity

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    Abstract

    The process of education and innovation often involves individuals, whose expertise lies in diverse fields. Informal communication amongst them can prove to be invaluable towards their collaboration, but rarely does it extend beyond one’s already established social circle. This paper proposes SIREN, a system, which makes use of sensor nodes to detect encounters between colleagues in their workplace, as they undertake their daily tasks and spreads information virally from one to another. The aim is to introduce a channel of informal communication that is not disruptive to their routine. We developed a system prototype and conducted a field test to detemine whether the premise of encounter-based information sharing offers any added value over information sharing without discrimenation, amongst users in the same work setting. The results indicate that SIREN can help break down barriers and promote subsequent direct communication between users.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies, (UBICOMM 2010), October 25 - 30, 2010, Florence, Italy
    Pages397-405
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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