Custom Devices for Research


July 16, 2012


Albrecht Schmidt, Bill Gaver, and James Scott


Microsoft Research Cambridge, University of London-Goldsmiths, University of Stuttgart


Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche from Microsoft Research chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2012.

This session looks at the importance of custom devices for research in domains such as ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, and the Internet of things. Recent advances have made it increasingly possible for researchers to build complex devices easily and rapidly. By using platforms such as Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer and taking advantage of physical prototyping machines (such as 3-D printing), one can now make fully custom devices (hardware, software, and physical form factor) rapidly and without expert domain knowledge. This enables researchers to deploy and evaluate systems more easily “in the wild.”


Albrecht Schmidt, Bill Gaver, and James Scott

James Scott is a researcher in the Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. His research interests span a wide range of topics in ubiquitous and pervasive computing, and include novel sensors and devices, mobile interaction, rapid prototyping, wireless and mobile networking, energy management, and security and privacy. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has served on the PCs of leading international conferences such as UbiComp, MobiSys and Pervasive, and is the current steering committee chair of the UbiComp conference series. You can find out more about his research at