Maintaining social awareness of the working context of fellow co-workers is crucial to successful cooperation. For mobile, non co-located workers, however, this social awareness is hard to maintain. In the iHospital project we have developed the concept of Context-Based Workplace Awareness , which denotes how context-aware computing can be used to facilitate people with an awareness of the unfolding of work in a hospital.
Over a long period, I have been investigating the relationship between usability and security. More specifically, I have investigated issues related to user authentication. The background for this research is observational studies on hospitals, which revealed that clinicians spend lots of time and effort on getting access to electronic medical systems . Continue reading “Security, Usability, and User Authentication”
Context-awareness covers the idea of computers reacting upon, and adapting to the user’s context, e.g. location, time of day, the specific task the user is engaged in, etc. Context is sensed by tracking location of persons and objects, through sensors in the environment, and by trying to understand what the user is doing, by e.g. looking in his or her calendar.