Design: Lessons Learned and Challenges
Dr. Atul Prakash
at Ann Arbor
Many systems have come out of groupware
research community that are targeted for diverse
applications such as scientific collaboratories, teaching, and group meeting
support. An important
question that arises but is usually not answered by researchers in the
community is what are the larger lessons learned from our experience with
collaboration systems design over the past decade? Based on my experiences with several
collaboration systems at the University of Michigan, I will provide my list of major lessons
learned, including pitfalls to avoid.
The collaboration systems area is beginning to show some signs of
maturity, with many key ideas beginning to move into commercial products or
available in off-the-shelf systems.
Nevertheless, significant research challenges remain and I will point
out some of those in my talk.
Dr. Atul Prakash
is a Professor in the Department of EECS at the University of Michigan.
He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT
Delhi in 1982 and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. His research interests include
computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer security, and middleware
systems. His research work has
formed the basis of several systems, including DistView and Collaboratory
Builder's Environment, which have been used for supporting large-scale
collaboratory efforts, including the Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory
(UARC) and Space Physics Aeronomy Research Collaboratory (SPARC). He has also led the design of the
DARPA-funded Antigone project, a system that supports flexible security
policies in secure group communication systems. A precursor of Antigone has been used to
support secure video multicasts of an Internet2 workshop to the participants. He has been supported by funding from
NSF, DARPA, IBM Watson Research Center, Microsoft, Intel, and National Security
Agency, among others. He has served
on several program committees, including several ACM and European groupware and