As people’s time becomes increasingly fragmented, getting tasks accomplished becomes more and more challenging. In this project we are investigating ways of decomposing larger tasks into smaller microtasks that leverage the micromoments that exist sporadically during a person’s day. Our goal is to provide new ways of accomplishing smaller goals that contribute towards larger productivity, instead of setting aside large chunks of uninterrupted time. Currently, we are focusing on writing as potential domain where microtasks…
I am a researcher in the Productivity group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. My primary research interests are in Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. Currently I am focusing on Microproductivity and Distraction management in Automotive environments.
I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. I received a Masters in Computer Science from the same university in 2005 and a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2001.
Established: January 1, 2012
As a leader in the productivity tools space, Microsoft is well positioned to make positive impact on people's well being by designing tools to encourage healthier life styles that also positively affect productivity and lower stress. Our team of researchers has been investigating how online and offline social interactions of information workers affect their productivity and sense of wellbeing. We have also looked at patterns of sleep, diet and exercise and overall healthiness as well as…
Established: January 1, 2011
Face to face or remote conversations can sometimes be challenging, be it for the language barriers or because of lack of topics that may keep a conversation smoothly flowing. We look at technology solutions to help enhance conversations across a number of projects, including translating utterances seamlessly from one language to another and helping people find conversation topics of mutual interest based on prior context or existing context on the internet.
Established: January 1, 2009
Driver attention is a valuable commodity in maintaining driving safety. However, with the proliferation of many interactive devices that place demands on the driver's attention while driving, effectively allocating attention with the primary goal of managing driving safety presents substantial challenges. With the promise of having semi-autonomous vehicles on the road in the near future followed by a transition to fully autonomous vehicles, we are entering an exciting period of exploration and understanding how drivers adapt to unpredictable demands…
Sharing A Driver’s Context With A Caller Via Continuous Audio Cues To Increase Awareness About Driver StateChristian P. Janssen, Shamsi Iqbal, Y. C. Ju, APA, September 1, 2014,
Reducing Disruption from Subtle Information Delivery during a Conversation: Mode and Bandwidth InvestigationEyal Ofek, Shamsi Iqbal, Karin Strauss, in Sig Chi 2013 Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Sig CHI 2013, April 29, 2013,
Oasis: A Framework for Linking Notification Delivery to the Perceptual Structure of Goal-Directed TasksShamsi Iqbal, Brian P. Bailey, in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, December 1, 2010,
My primary interest is in helping humans improve productivity in environments where many demands on their attention present conflicting challenges. I am currently working on addressing multitasking problems in domains where people have to divide attention among many tasks and maintain performance at the same time.
I am also interested in technology for task management in mobile scenarios, HCI and health care, and ICT4D.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supervised by Professor Brian Bailey. I earned a Masters degree in Computer Science from the same institution in 2005 and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2001.