Research in Focus: Can Mind Readers Improve Your Performance?


July 14, 2014


Andrew Begel and Erin Solovney


Microsoft Research, Drexel University


Confused and frustrated by your difficult programming task? Let’s have your IDE intervene before you get the chance to cause a bug in the software. Bored by your rote assignment? Let’s have your browser find a funny YouTube video to snap you out of it. Stressed out? Let’s Snapchat your friends so they can call and lend you a sympathetic ear. What else could a computer do if it knew what you were feeling? In this session, we talk about several research projects which use low-cost biometric sensors to sense your affect and take action to help you out.