DEPARTMENT: Editorial pointers
DEPARTMENT: News track
DEPARTMENT: ACM Fellows
DEPARTMENT: President's letter
As technologists, we must confront the current weaknesses and deliver on the potential opportunities of computer and communication technologies in the 21st century. Consider this a call to arms for tackling that challenge.
COLUMN: The business of software
Assessing companies' differing attitudes toward identifying and calculating risk-taking endeavors.
DEPARTMENT: Hot links
Along with the intellectual challenge, scientists may appreciate the technical insight, especially about security, ethical honesty, and common computing interests.
COLUMN: Practical programmer
Celebrating the pivotal role of the first business applications software.
COLUMN: Legally speaking
Congressional proposals to regulate infringement-enabling technologies are described and the implications discussed.
SPECIAL ISSUE: The disappearing computer
It seems like a paradox but it will soon become reality: The rate at which computers disappear will be matched by the rate at which information technology will increasingly permeate our environment and our lives.
To be widely adopted, location-aware computing must be as effortless, familiar, and rewarding as searching the Web. There are many challenges to this quest, but recent progress has demonstrated accurate location estimation using …
A trio of systems illustrates the challenges of designing large displays for use in ubiquitous computing environments that are, indeed, unremarkable.
Context is not simply the state of a predefined environment with a fixed set of interaction resources. It's part of a process of interacting with an ever-changing environment composed of reconfigurable, migratory, distributed …
A new generation of entertainment technology takes computer games to the streets---and ultimately beyond.
A set of designer guidelines from the European Union offers the first step in building privacy-aware systems.
Assembling mixed media artifacts in order to create engaging museum environments.
Tiny embedded devices attached to everyday objects can transform them with sensing, perception, computation, and communication abilities.
Changing computing capabilities can be as easy as changing outfits.
Configuring and reconfiguring ubiquitous applications composed of communicating artifacts.
The ability to blend diverse sensors in close proximity promises to usher in a new generation of electronic skins that hold the potential for revolutionary applications.
Emerging tools will simply transform business practices---and customer expectations---in the near future.
In barely half a century computer science has grown from infancy to maturity. Employment in computer science was assured until a few years ago. Today, however, like in the 1960s, when demand for physicists waned, computer scientists …
Using a common set of attributes to determine which methodology to use in a particular data warehousing project.
DEPARTMENT: SIGs elections
E-Commerce sales in the U.S. totaled $56.0 billion in 2003, an increase of 26.4% over the 2002 total of $44.3 billion . This increase was achieved at a time when the U.S. economy teetered in and out of recession. While e-commerce …
The Multi-Agent Contracting System incorporates both learning and a natural language interface to automate contracting officer query resolution during the process of defense contract acquisition.
Combining a flexible data model and distributed objects, they support the sharing of data, visualizations, and user interfaces among multiple data sources, computers, and scientific disciplines.
User-Centered Design (UCD) is a multidisciplinary design approach based on the active involvement of users to improve the understanding of user and task requirements, and the iteration of design and evaluation. It is widely considered …
Despite the 2001 downturn in the global telecommunications market, the mobile penetration rate in China is increasing due to the elimination or reduction of mobile connection fees. The mobile market worldwide is dynamic in terms …
COLUMN: Technical opinion
Promoting visibility as seen through the unique lens of search engines.
COLUMN: Inside risks