The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at Arizona State University is an inter-disciplinary research center focused on cutting edge research targeting a variety of applications.
Most ubiquitous computing research takes a technology-centric view in solving real world problems. It is our belief that a balanced technology and problem-centric view is required in tackling challenging application domains. We also believe that by targeting applications that require ubiquitous computing solutions, in contrast to applications with a ubiquitous computing flavor brings out the underlying challenges that need to be addressed. In keeping with this spirit, we have chosen to serve the needs of physically challenged individuals by empowering them with ubiquitous and pervasive computing technologies to enrich their lives. Motivated by this approach, we have assembled focus groups of blind and deaf and blind individuals and researchers involved in disability studies and mobility instructors to bring out the real needs in this application. These inputs have served to shape our research agenda in the various facets of ubiquitous computing.