Intelligent Interaction and Intelligent Environments

Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 17:30
TH 331
Edward Lank San Francisco State University

The domain of pen computing has recently attracted the attention of Microsoft, IBM, and other hardware and software vendors. As a result, computer users will soon have access to hardware devices that allow paper-like interaction. Software technology to support this interaction is, however, in its infancy.

This talk is designed around three themes. First, I will talk about my work in the interactive recognition of hand-drawn UML diagrams. Second, I will describe the use of pattern recognition to support more intelligent interaction in pen-based interfaces. Finally, I will describe some of my future research plans with respect to both single-user and multi-user interaction using pen-based interfaces in intelligent environments.


Edward Lank is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at San Francisco State University. In 2001, he completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His undergraduate degree s a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics from the University of Prince Edward Island, PEI, Canada.

Dr. Lank's previous experience includes a research internship at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and a position as an adjunct professor in Computer Science at Queen's University. As well, he served as interim Chief Technical Officer to a research start-up, MediaShell Corporation.

Dr. Lank's research focuses on interactive diagram recognition, particularly of UML notation. He has published papers in document recognition and user interface design for diagram recognition systems. He is also the co-author of two patents filed with the US Patent and Trade Office in the application of pattern recognition to user's actions in pen-based interfaces.