A paper on Pervasive Computing written by Justin Mazzola, Hubert Pham, Umar Saif, Grace Chau, Chris Terman, and Steve Ward, and prepared in collaboration between the MIT Computer Science Lab and the LUMS Computer Science Department has won the Mark Weiser best paper award at the IEEE PerCom08.
The Mark Weiser award is given to individuals showing creativity and innovation in operating systems research. Previous winners include individuals from the University of Michigan, Stanford, University of Washington, and Google.
Previous coverage of Umar’s research in the field includes coverage by the BBC and others.
The work became part of the MIT O2S – Oxygen Operating System – it describes an operating environment that can connect together a multitude of disconnected devices including PDAs, phones, kiosks and computers together – allowing for seamless video conferencing, photo sharing and phone conversations across the devices.
Sounds like interesting work – congrats Umar. But I cant help feeling that Google’s’ Android or the iPhone would be able to commercialize these concepts pretty soon with the help of third-party apps, social networks or other web2.0 tools.