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Ted Selker

Ted Selker, an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, is co-director of the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project. Selker and the Caltech-MIT team have worked to observe voting and voting equipment throughout the country, analyze data concerning voting technology performance and research and demonstrate improvements in technology.


Selker also directs the MIT Media Lab's Context-Aware Computing group, and the Lab's Counter Intelligence/Design Intelligence special interest group, focused on domestic and product design of the future.


His work seeks to demonstrate that people's intentions can be recognized and respected by the things we design, and he uses technology-rich platforms, such as kitchens, to examine this premise. For the Caltech/MIT voting technology project, Selker is building and testing technology for improving security and accuracy in voting.


Before coming to MIT, he was an IBM fellow and directed IBM's User Systems Ergonomics Research Lab. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Brown University, and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs. Selker's research has contributed to products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems; his work has resulted in many products (such as the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device found in many notebook computers), and numerous patents and papers. He was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader award from Scientific American magazine (2004) for his work on voting technology.




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