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University of Washington/Microsoft Research Summer Institute
Technologies of Invisible Computing


Summer Institute Format

Please note that the schedule is tentative and times may change somewhat.

  • Sunday July 18th. People arrive in Seattle, settling in at the University Inn. We will have a welcome reception that night, at the Henry Art Gallery, which is easy walking distance from the hotel. Families are, of course, invited to all the receptions and events.
  • Monday, 19 July. The first day's sessions will be held on the University of Washington campus and will consist of state-of-research presentations by the participants to serve as an introduction.
    • 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast for participants in Walker-Ames Room of Kane Hall).
    • 8:30 a.m. Conference begins
    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Conference continues
    • 6:00 p.m. Dinner Cruise on Lake Washington, leaves from the UW Waterfront Activities Center. See Map.
  • Tuesday, 20 July. Tuesday, also at UW, will be used to survey the available technologies for tackling the wide range of problems posed by the attempt to realize truly invisible computing. We hope this be accomplished by forming a set of four of five separate groups to tackle different areas. Each group will then present its survey of the field and recommendations for the various technologies discussed to the entire group. The objective of this is to get everyone onto the same panorama and focus our efforts for the rest of the week.
    • 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    • 8:30 a.m. Conference Day 2 begins
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00-5:00 p.m. Conference continues
    • 6:00 p.m. BBQ Dinner at UW Waterfront Activities Center. See Map.
  • Wednesday, 21 July. The first part of this third day will be spent moving everyone to the Inn at Semi-ah-moo, a resort hotel near Blaine, WA at the Canadian border. In the morning, after breakfast, we'll put everybody into buses at the University Inn and be at Semi-ah-moo well before noon. We're working with the Semi-ah-moo staff to plan the activities for those days. (One specific question that we've been asked to ask you is about tee times, for any of you that are golfers. The tee times for July are already filling up, so let us know if you want to grab one!)

    The afternoon will permit participants to do demonstrations (a show and tell of their work) and spur continued conversations around the demonstrations.

    • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Catered Breakfast and check-out at University Inn
    • 9:30-12:00 Travel to The Inn at Semi-Ah-Moo
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:30 p.m. Conference Day 3 begins
    • 6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner
  • Thursday, 22 July. This first full day at Semi-ah-moo will see the participants recluster into four or five groups organized according to a common vision of how to approach invisible computing. This is intended to be a cross-cut of the Tuesday groups. Again, the day will close with presentations from each group outlining their visions and how the technologies surveyed on Tuesday fit.
    • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Conference Day 4 begins
    • 12:00 Lunch (families are invited to join)
    • 1:00 p.m. Conference continues
    • 6:00 p.m. Clam Bake Dinner
  • Friday, 23 July. For the final day of the institute we will have "contrarian" guests challenge our visions and technological assumptions. In addition, we will provide time for "soap-box" statements from the parcipants. The objective is to close with challenges to consider.

    We will finish the workshop early on Friday afternoon, allowing time for people to return to Sea-Tac airport for flights out that evening; we will also arrange transportation to the airport on Saturday morning (and give guidance to people who choose to go at other times). We will also work with the resort to arrange for reasonable rates for people who would like to stay for additional nights starting on Saturday.

    • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Conference Day 5 begins
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00-1:30 p.m. Final wrap-up
    • 2:30 p.m. Charter bus returns to Seattle