About CUbiC

The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at Arizona State University is an inter-disciplinary research center focused on cutting edge research in human-centered multimedia computing focusing on assistive, rehabilitative and healthcare applications. Our research spans three main areas of multimedia computing: sensing and processing, recognition and learning, interaction and delivery. These research areas have led us to make fundamental contributions in signal processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction and haptics.

Most ubiquitous computing research takes a technology-centric view in solving real world problems. It is our belief that a balanced technology and problem-centric view is required in tackling challenging application domains. We also believe that by targeting applications that require ubiquitous computing solutions, in contrast to applications with a ubiquitous computing flavor brings out the underlying challenges that need to be addressed. In keeping with this spirit, we have chosen to serve the needs of physically challenged individuals by empowering them with ubiquitous and pervasive computing technologies to enrich their lives. While our application domain problems are inspired by challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, the technology solutions that we develop are fundamental, and pertinent to a large portion of society, including the so-called 'able-bodied' individuals. CUbiC’s flagship project iCARE for individuals who are blind and visually impaired won the Governor’s Innovator of the Year in Academia Award in November 2004.


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About the Director

CUbiC Director Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan

CUbiC is directed by Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan. Dr. Panchanathan is currently the Senior Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University, as well as a Professor in the Department of School of Computing, Informatics, Decision Systems Engineering. He is a foundation chair in Computing and Informatics and was instrumental in founding the Biomedical Informatics Department at ASU. He was also the chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada in 1989. He has published over 350 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry. He has been a chair of many conferences, program committee member of numerous conferences, organizer of special sessions in several conferences and an invited speaker, panel member in conferences, universities and industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) and a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

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