Situated Computing Research at CSTaR

Dr. Valery A. Petrushin
Sr. Researcher
Andersen Consulting

Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 AM, ACES 6.304


CSTaR stands for the Center for Strategic Technology Research which is an R&D department of Andersen Consulting, LLP. The CSTaR's mission is to uncover new business opportunities through technological innovation. CSTaR focuses on technologies that will enter the mainstream in two to five years, a time frame that allows Andersen Consulting to develop promising prototypes into pioneering, client-ready solutions.

The general direction of our research can be called situated computing which represents a new class of computing applications that bridges the gap between people's intentions and the actions they can take to achieve those intentions. These applications are contextually embedded in real-world situations, and are enabled by the proliferation of new kinds of computing devices, expanding communication capabilities and new kinds of digital content. Three types of discontinuities give rise to intention/action gaps and provide opportunities for situated computing applications: physical discontinuities, information discontinuities and awareness discontinuities. Several projects that demonstrate how to overcome these discontinuities are presented. Our projects are based on business visionary research and the cutting edge technologies such as ubiquitous computing, virtual reality and visualization, signal processing (video, audio, sensors), knowledge management, agent-based simulation and data mining. A complete list of CSTAR projects is at


Dr. Valery Petrushin received his master degree in applied mathematics from the Kharkov State University, Ukraine in 1974, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Glushkov Institute for Cybernetics, Kiev, Ukraine in 1983. From 1983 to 1994 he worked as a researcher and a laboratory director at the Glushkov Institute for Cybernetics. From 1994 to 1997 he was with Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently Dr. Petrushin is a Senior Researcher at the Center of Strategic Technology Research at Andersen Consulting, Northbrook, IL. His research interest are in the areas of speech processing, user and customer modeling, agent-based simulation and data mining.

A list of Telecommunications and Signal Processing Seminars is available at from the ECE department Web pages under "Seminars". The Web address for the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Seminars is