Chris Schmandt
Director, Living Mobile Group (formerly Speech+Mobility)
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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M.I.T., Master of Science, Visual Studies, 1980

M.I.T., Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, 1978

Professional Experience


Media Laboratory, Principal Research Scientist, 1985-Present
Director, Speech+Mobility Group (former Speech Interface Group)

Architecture Machine Group, Research Associate, 1980-1984

Architecture Machine Group, Research Assistant, 1979-1980

Architecture Machine Group, Graphics Programmer, 1977-1979

Departmental Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Coordinator , 1984-Present

Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies, 1996-2002

Laboratory Committee on Intellectual Property 2001-present, chair 2003-present

Sponsored Research Activities

User Interfaces for Ubiquitous Communication, Things That Think Consortium , MIT Media Lab, 2003-present

Alerting and Mobile Messaging, Digital Life Consortium , MIT Media Lab, 1997-Present

Acoustical Cues to Discourse Structure, National Science Foundation, Principal Investigator, 1995-1998

Parsing Radio, News in the Future Consortium, MIT Media Lab, 1993-2001

Desktop Audio, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Principal Investigator, 1989-1996

Voice Interaction in Hand Held Computer, Apple Computer, Principal Investigator, 1991-1993

Voice Interfaces for Network Services, AT&T, Principal Investigator, 1989-1991

Back Seat Driver, NEC, Principal Investigator, 1988-1991

Acoustic and Visual Cues for Speech Recognition, DARPA, co-Principal Investigator, 1986-1988

Personal Computers and Telephony, NTT Public Corporation, Principal Investigator, 1984-1989

Home Telecomputing, Atari, Inc., Principal Investigator, 1983

Most publications can be found at

Mime: compact, low power 3D gesture sensing for interactionwith head mounted displays (with Andrea Colaco, Ahmend Kirmani, Hye Soo Yang, Nan-Wei Gong, and Vivek Goyal) Proceedings of UIST 2013.

Spotz: A location-based approach to self-awareness (with Misha Sra) Proceedings of Persuasive 2013.

Setting the stage for interaction: A tablet application to augment group discussion in a seminar class (with Drew Harry and Eric Gordon) Proceedings of CSCW 2012.

Indoor Location Sensing using Geo-Magnetism (with Jae-Woo Chung, Matt Donahoe, Ig-Jae Kim, Pedram Razavai and Micaela Wiseman) Proceedings of International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (Mobisys) 2011.

My second bike: a TV-enabled social and interactive riding experience (with Jae-Woo Chung, Kuang Xu, Andrea Colaco, and Victor Li) Proceedings of IEEE Communications and Networking Conference, Jan 2010.

Going my way?: User-aware route planner (with Jae-woo Chung) Proceedings CHI 2009.

Globetoddler: Designing for remote interataction between preschoolers and their traveling parents (with Paulina Modlitba) CHI 2008 Extended Abstracts

Are we there yet? - a temporally aware media player (with Matt Adcock and Jaewoo Chung), Australian User Interface Conference (AUIC) 2008

Physical embodiments for mobile communication agents (with Stefan Marti), UIST 2005

Giving the caller the finger: collaborative responsibility for cellphone interruptions (with Stefan Marti) Extended Abstracts, CHI 2005

Active Messenger: email filtering and delivery in a heterogeneous network (with Stefan Marti) Human-Computer Interaction Journal (HCI) Volume 20 (2005)

WatchMe: communication and awareness between members of a closely-knit group (with Natalia Marmasse) Proceedings of Ubicomp 2004

An audio-based personal memroy aid (with S. Vemuri, W. Bender, S.Tellex and B. Lassey) Proceedings of Ubicomp 2004

Improving speech playback using time-compression and speech recognition (with Sunil Vemuri, Philip DeCamp, and Walter Bender) Proceedings of CHI 2004

Impromptu: managing networked audio applications for mobile users (with Kwan Lee, Jang Kim, and Mark Ackerman), Proceedings of MobiSys 2004

TalkBack: a conversational answering machine (with Vidya Lakshmipathy and Natalia Marmasse) Proceedings of UIST 2003

``ListenIn'' to domestic environments from remote locations (with Gerardo Vallejo) Proceedings of the 2003 International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)

Safe & Sound: a wireless leash (with Natalia Marmasse) Extended Abstracts, Proceedings of CHI 2003

Mediated voice communication via mobile IP (with Jang Kim, Kwan Lee, Gerardo Vallejo, and Mark Ackerman), Proceedings of UIST 2002.

The Audio Notebook: Paper and pen interaction with structured speech (with Lisa Stifelman and Barry Arons), Proceedings of CHI 2001

Synthetic News Radio (with Keith Emnett) IBM Systems Journal, Vol. 39 Nos. 3-4, pp. 646-659, 2000.

Everywhere messaging (with Natalia Marmasse, Stefan Marti, Nitin Sawhney, and Sean Wheeler) IBM Systems Journal, Vol. 39 Nos. 3-4, pp. 660-677, 2000.

Location-aware information delivery wth comMotion (with Natalia Marmasse), Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing, pp. 157-171, Springer, 2000.

Nomadic Radio: Scalable and contextual notification for wearable audio messaging (with Nitin Sawhney), Proceedings of CHI 1999.

Speaking and listening on the run: Design for wearable audio computing (with Nitin Sawhney), Proceedings of International Symposium on Wearable Computing, 1998.

Audio Hallway: A virtual acoustic environment for browsing, Proceedings of UIST 1998.

Dynamic Soundscape: Mapping time to space for audio browsing (with Minoru Kobayashi), Proceedings of CHI 1997.

CLUES: Dynamic personalized message filtering (with Matt Marx), Proceedings of CSCW 1996.

Using acoustic structure in a hand-held audio playback device (with Deb Roy), IBM Systems Journal, Vol 35, Nos. 3 and 4, 1996.

Mailcall: Message presentation and navigation in a nonvisual environment (with Matt Marx), Proceedings of CHI 1996

AudioStreamer: Exploiting simultaneity for listening (with Atty Mullins), short paper, CHI 1995.

Multimedia momadic services on today's hardware, IEEE Network, September/October 1994.

Putting people first: Specifying proper names in speech interfaces (with Matt Marx), proceedings of UIST 1994.

Chatter: A conversational learning speech interface (with E. Ly) AAAI Workshop on Intelligent Multi-Media Multi-Modal Systems, 1994.

Voice Communication with Computers: Conversational Systems. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. 1994.

Capturing, structuring, and representing ubiquitous audio (with D. Hindus and C. Horner), ACM Transactions on Information Systems, Vol. 11, No. 4, October 1993.

Speech Recognition Architectures for Multimedia Environments, (with E. Ly and B. Arons), Proceedings of the 1993 AVIOS Conference, September 1993.

Phoneshell: the Telephone as Computer Terminal, Proceedings of the ACM Multimedia Conference, August 1993.

Voicenotes: A Speech Interface for a Hand-Held Voice Notetaker (with L. Stifelman, B. Arons, and E. Hulteen), Proceedings of INTERCHI'93, April 1993.

From Desktop Audio to Mobile Access: Opportunities for Voice in Computing, book chapter in Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 4, H.R. Hartson and D. Hix editors. 1992.

Ubiquitous Audio: Capturing Spontaneous Collaboration (with D. Hindus), Proceedings of CSCW'92, November 1992.

Integrating Audio and Telephony in a Distributed Workstation Environment (with S. Angebranndt, R. Hyde, D. Luong, and N. Siravara), Proceedings of the Summer 1991 USENIX Conference, June 1991.

Augmenting a Window System with Speech Input (with M. Ackerman and D. Hindus), Computer, IEEE Computer Society, Vol. 23, No. 8, August 1990.

Observations on Using Speech Input for Window Navigation (with D. Hindus, M. Ackerman, and S. Manandhar), Proceedings, Human-Computer Interaction, Interact '90, IFIP, August 1990.

Phonetool: Integrating Telephones and Workstations (with S. Casner), Proceedings, GLOBECOM '89, IEEE Communications Society, November 1989.

Desktop Audio (with B. Arons), UNIX Review, October 1989.

Synthetic Speech for Real Time Direction-Giving (with J. Davis), IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, IEEE, September 1989.

The Back Seat Driver: Real Time Spoken Driving Instructions (with J. Davis), Proceedings, IEEE Vehicle Navigation and Information Systems Conference, IEEE, Toronto, Canada, September 1989.

An Audio and Telephone Server for Multi-media Workstations (with M. McKenna), Proceedings, Second IEEE Conference on Workstations, IEEE, Palo Alto, CA., 1988.

Employing Voice Back Channels to Facilitate Audio Document Retrieval, Proceedings, ACM Conference on Office Information Systems (COIS), Santa Clara, CA, 1988.

Conversational Telecommunications Environments, Proceedings, Second International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 1987.

Understanding Speech Without Recognizing Words, Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference, AVIOS, 1987.

A Robust Parser and Dialog Generator for a Conversational Office System (with B. Arons and C. Simmons), Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference, AVIOS, Palo Alto, CA, 1987.

Integrated Messages and Network Services for a Personal Workstation, IEEE Workshop on Telematics and Message Handling Systems, IEEE, 1986.

Voice Interaction in an Integrated Office and Telecommunications Environment, Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference, AVIOS, San Francisco, CA, 1985.

Voice Communication with Computers, book chapter in Advances in Human-Computer Interaction, H. R. Hartson ed., 1985.

Speech Synthesis Gives Voiced Access to an Electronic Mail System, Speech Technology, Vol. 2, No. 3, Aug/Sept 1984.

A Conversational Telephone Messaging System (with B. Arons), IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, IEEE, Vol CE-30, August 1984.

Phone Slave: A Graphical Telecommunications Interface (with B. Arons), Proceedings, Society for Information Display International Symposium, SID, San Francisco, CA, June 1984.

Input/Display Registration in a Stereoscopic Workstation, Displays, April 1984.

Remote Access to Voice and Text Messages, Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference, AVIOS, Washington D.C., 1984.

Fuzzy Fonts: Analog Models Improve Digital Text Quality, Proceedings, National Computer Graphics Association Conference, Chicago, IL, 1983.

Greyscale Fonts Designed From Video Signal Analysis, Society of Applied Learning Technology, Houston, TX, 1983.

Spatial Input/Display Correspondence in a Stereoscopic Computer Graphic Work Station, Proceedings, ACM/SIGGRAPH, Detroit, MI, 1983.

A Programmable Virtual Vocabulary Speech Processing Peripheral (with W. Bender), Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference on Voice Data Entry Systems Applications, AVIOS, 1983.

The Intelligent Voice Interactive Interface (with E. A. Hulteen), Proceedings, Human Factors in Computer Systems, National Bureau of Standards/ACM, Gaithersburg, MD, 1982.

Interactive Three-Dimensional Computer Space, Proceedings, SPIE Conference on Processing and Display of Three-Dimensional Data, SPIE, San Diego, CA, 1982, Vol. 367.

Speech Communications, a Systems' Approach, Proceedings, American Voice Input/Output Society Conference on Entry Systems Applications, 1982.

Voice Interaction: Putting Intelligence into the Interface, Proceedings, IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Society, IEEE, Seattle, WA, 1982.

The Intelligent Ear: A Graphical Interface to Digital Audio, Proceedings, IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Society, IEEE, Atlanta, GA, 1981.

Soft Typography, Information Processing 1980, IFIPS, S. Lavington ed., North-Holland Publishing Co., 1980.