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Special Interest Group at CHI 2003:

Toward a Unified Universal Remote Console Standard

Thursday, April 10, 2003
9:00 - 10:30am

Wireless communication technologies make it feasible to remotely control
devices and services from virtually any mobile and stationary device. However,
there is no standard available today which would allow manufacturers to define
an abstracted user interface for their product whose functionality can be
instantiated and presented in different ways and modalities on a wide variety
of controller technologies, such as, phones, PDAs, and computers. Such a
standard could also facilitate usability, natural language agents,
internationalization, and accessibility.

Participants in this SIG will present and discuss requirements and current
activities that could contribute to the development of a `Universal Remote
Console' standard. The goal of this SIG is to gather requirements, identify
related research, development, commercial, and other activities, and to
initiate an ongoing effort developing a unified Universal Remote Console
standard in the future.

Purpose of the SIG

The purpose of the SIG is to gather people who are interested in this topic or
in components of the topics, in order to harmonize the V2 effort with related
activities, and ultimately work towards a unified URC standard that meets the
requirements of users and industry.


Introductions and hands-on demonstration of V2 URC prototypes (20 min)

Discussion of requirements for URC standard (20 min)

Report on INCITS-V2 standardization work (20 min)

Open discussion, including reports from other URC related efforts (20 min)

Wrap-up & discussion of follow-up activities (10 min)


Gottfried Zimmermann, Trace Center, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison
Marney Beard, Sun Microsystems
Bill LaPlant, US Census Bureau
Sharon Laskowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Toby Nixon, Microsoft
Eran Sitnik, Panasonic Technologies
Shari Trewin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Gregg Vanderheiden, Trace Center, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison

For more information on this SIG see