MT's Review of PC98
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Paper number: PC98
Title: iCAMS: A Mobile Communication Tool using Location and Schedule Information
Submission type: Project Overview
Relevance to magazine: 4.5
Presentation and clarity: 5
Reviewer expertise: 4
Depth of contribution: N.A.
Historical accuracy and perspective: N.A.
Completeness and Balance: N.A.
Overall recommendation: 2.5
The paper focuses well on the human experience rather than system design
details, which makes it a good candidate for the Pervasive Computing Special
Issue on Human Experience.
1. It is not clear if the two groups studied adequately represent the
intended user population of the system. The authors themselves comment
that their system would be more for "families and friends than for busy
colleagues in the same company", but one of the groups is exactly the
2. A simplistic log analysis only gives numbers of accesses of individual
webpages; it does not reveal what prompted the user to request each page.
A page may have been (re-)loaded to view updated location information (by
someone with nothing else to do, e.g. in a train), or to initiate a
channel of communication. Although questionnaires reveal user intent to a
certain extent, this does not seem enough.
3. Users' refusal to enter schedule information onto their handhelds is a
commonly-known fact. The authors' surveys corroborate this observation,
however the authors' original system design did not take this into
4. It is possible that certain activity information may be easily guessed
without the use of iCAMS. It is not clear from the surveys how often
users bypassed iCAMS entirely, dialing numbers and sending emails
directly from their phones.
5. Although the authors include a question "you used contact information
that was not listed first in priority", it is not clear how often this
happened. The only statistic about this aspect is the number of users who
replied yes to the above question. It would have been easy to track how
often the first phone/email suggested was actually used.
Comments for EIC and AEICs only:
If accepted, this paper needs careful proofreading to correct serious spelling and grammatical errors.