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From icons to mixed realities: how do external representations help us learn
Yvonne Rogers joined Indiana University in the summer of 2003 as a professor of Information Science and Informatics. She was a professor of computer science and artificial intelligence at the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (now the Department of Informatics) at Sussex University, UK, where she co-founded the Interact Lab, an internationally known interdisciplinary research center concerned with possible interactions between people, technologies and representations. She has also been an an assistant professor at the Open University (UK), a senior researcher at Alcatel telecommunications company, a visiting scholar at UCSD, and a visiting professor at Stanford University, Apple Research Labs, and the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on augmenting and extending everyday, learning and work activities with interactive technologies that move "beyond the desktop." This involves designing enhanced user experiences through appropriating and assembling a diversity of technologies including mobile, wireless, handheld and pervasive computing. A main focus is not the technology per se but the design and integration of the digital representations that are presented via them to support social and cognitive activities in ways that extend our current capabilities.