The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing

The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) at Arizona State University conducts cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in human-centered multimedia computing. CUbiC research spans three main areas: sensing and processing, recognition and learning, and interaction and delivery. Technologies developed may have assistive, rehabilitative or other health care applications, with a focus on expanding and improving the full spectrum of human ability. The center makes fundamental contributions to health care in the areas of signal processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction and haptics. CUbiC Director Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan is also chief research and innovation officer and executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise.

Most ubiquitous computing research takes a technology-centric view in solving real world problems. CUbiC’s approach is different. The center first gains a complete understanding of the problem before exploring a technological fix. In addition, CUbiC researchers believe the best assistive technologies are designed by, not for, people with disabilities. While CUbiC serves the needs of physically challenged individuals, the center also aims to empower people with disabilities to solve their own challenges and find novel solutions to enrich their lives.