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I'm a Principal Research Scientist in the Mobile Sensing and User Behavior Research group at Yahoo! Labs in Sunnyvale, CA where I study ambient communications technologies and applications. Work is a fun combination of ethnographic research, prototyping, user studies, and development work which leads us to new product ideas for Yahoo!. Particular interests lie developing new services to increase feelings of connection in strong-tie social relationships as well as methods for understanding communications needs and rapidly prototyping new concepts for field evaluation.

A full CV is available here

books

Building Mobile Experiences. Frank Bentley, Edward Barrett. MIT Press. 2012.

papers

2014

MyChannel: Exploring City-Based Multimedia News Presentations on the Living Room TV. Frank Bentley, Karolina Buchner, Jofish Kaye. In proceedings of TVx 2014. (to appear)

Beyond the Bar: The places where location-based services are used in the city. Frank Bentley, Henriette Cramer, Jorg Muller. Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. 2014.

Together Alone: Motivations for Live-Tweeting a Television Series. Steven Schirra, Huan Sun, Frank Bentley. In Proceedings of CHI 2014. (to appear)

2013

Health Mashups: Presenting statistical patterns between wellbeing data and context in natural language to promote behavior change. Frank Bentley, Konrad Tollmar, Peter Stephenson, Laura Levy, Brian Jones, Scott Robertson, Ed Price, Richard Catrambone, Jeff Wilson. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). Volume 20, Issue 5: November, 2013.

Designing From Data: A Case Study From the Health Mashups Service. Frank Bentley and Konrad Tollmar. MobileHCI workshop on Informing Future Design via Large-Scale Research Methods and Big Data. August 2013.

ACM DL Author-ize serviceThe power of mobile notifications to increase wellbeing logging behavior
Frank Bentley, Konrad Tollmar
CHI '13 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013

Investigating the Place Categories Where Location-Based Services Are Used. Frank Bentley. GeoHCI Workshop at CHI 2013. April 2013.

2012

An introduction to Research in the Large. Henriette Cramer, Mattias Rost, Frank Bentley. Introduction Article to Special Issue on 'Research in the Large' of the International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction. 2012.

Mobile Health Mashups: Making sense of multiple streams of wellbeing and contextual data for presentation on a mobile device. Konrad Tollmar, Frank Bentley, and Cristobal Viedma. Pervasive Health 2012. May 2012

ACM DL Author-ize serviceDrawing the city: differing perceptions of the urban environment
Frank Bentley, Henriette Cramer, William Hamilton, Santosh Basapur
CHI '12 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012

ACM DL Author-ize serviceStoryPlace.Me: the path from studying elder communication to a public location-based video service
Frank Bentley, Santosh Basapur
CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012
(Best Paper Nominee: Top 5% of accepted papers)

Personal Health Mashups: Mining significant observations from wellbeing data and context. CHI 2012 workshop on Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Quality of Life Through Data. May, 2012.

ACM DL Author-ize serviceResearch in the large 3.0: app stores, wide distribution, and big data in MobileHCI research
Benjamin Poppinga, Henriette Cramer, Matthias Böhmer, Alistair Morrison, Frank Bentley, Niels Henze, Mattias Rost, Florian Michahelles
MobileHCI '12 Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services companion, 2012

2011

From the Small to the Large: Learnings from the deployment of Serendipitous Family Stories/StoryPlace.me. Frank Bentley, Santosh Basapur, and William Hamilton. Ubicomp 2011 Workshop on Research in the Large. September, 2011.

Reminiscing Through Location-based Asynchronous Video Communication. Frank Bentley, Santosh Basapur, and Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury. CHI 2011 Workshop on Bridging Practices, Theories, and Technologies to Support Reminiscence. May, 2011.

2010

ACM DL Author-ize serviceContacts 3.0: bringing together research and design teams to reinvent the phonebook
Frank R. Bentley, JoEllen Kames, Rafiq Ahmed, Rhiannon Sterling Zivin, Lauren Schwendimann
CHI EA '10 Proceedings of the 28th of the international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, 2010

Involving Seniors in Ethnographic-style Work: Initial findings from a study on long-distance communication. Frank Bentley, Gunnar Harboe, and Pallavi Kaushik. CHI 2010 Workshop on Senior-Friendly Technologies: Interaction Design for the Elderly. April, 2010.

ACM DL Author-ize serviceSerendipitous family stories: using findings from a study on family communication to share family history
Frank R. Bentley, Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury
Ubicomp '10 Proceedings of the 12th ACM international conference adjunct papers on Ubiquitous computing, 2010

2009

The Use of Mobile Social Presence. Frank Bentley, Crysta Metcalf. IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 35-41, Oct.-Dec. 2009

ACM DL Author-ize serviceTuVista: meeting the multimedia needs of mobile sports fans
Frank R. Bentley, Michael Groble
MM '09 Proceedings of the 17th ACM international conference on Multimedia, 2009

Rapid Prototyping and Field Evaluation of Mobile Experiences. Frank Bentley and Crysta Metcalf. CHI 2009 Workshop on Mobile User Experience Research: Challenges, Methods & Tools. April, 2009.

2008


ACM DL Author-ize serviceLocation and activity sharing in everyday mobile communication
Frank R. Bentley, Crysta J. Metcalf
CHI EA '08 CHI '08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, 2008

ACM DL Author-ize serviceAmbient social tv: drawing people into a shared experience
Gunnar Harboe, Crysta J. Metcalf, Frank Bentley, Joe Tullio, Noel Massey, Guy Romano
CHI '08 Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, 2008

2007

ACM DL Author-ize serviceSharing motion information with close family and friends
Frank R. Bentley, Crysta J. Metcalf
CHI '07 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, 2007

A time to glance: Studying the use of mobile ambient information. Frank Bentley, Joe Tullio, Crysta Metcalf, Drew Harry, Noel Massey. Pervasive 2007 Workshop on the Design and Evaluation of Ambient Information Systems. May, 2007.

2006

ACM DL Author-ize servicePersonal vs. commercial content: the similarities between consumer use of photos and music
Frank Bentley, Crysta Metcalf, Gunnar Harboe
CHI '06 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems, 2006

Ambient Mobile Communications. Frank Bentley, Pallavi Kaushik, Nitya Narasimhan, and Ambiga Dhiraj. CHI 2006 Workshop on Mobile Social Software. April, 2006.

Flexible Views: Annotating and finding context-tagged mobile content. Frank Bentley and Crysta Metcalf. Ubicomp 2006 workshop on Pervasive Image Capture and Sharing. September, 2006.

2005

Beneficial and Disruptive Seams in Mobile Communications. Prashant Velagaleti and Frank Bentley. Ubicomp 2005 Workshop on The Spaces Inbetween. September, 2005.

Social Groups and Music Capital - Applying Theory and Research in Design. Crysta Metcalf, Frank Bentley, Gunnar Harboe, and Vivek Thakkar. Displayed at the first Ethnographic Praxis in Context (EPIC) conference, Redmond, Washington. November 2005.

2004

Intelligent Multimedia Content Management on Mobile Devices. Bhavan Gandhi, Alfonso Martinez, Frank Bentley. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo. June, 2004.

2003

Perceptive presence. Frank Bentley, Konrad Tollmar, David Demirdjian, Kimberle Koile, Trevor Darrell. Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE , Volume: 23 Issue: 5 , Sept.-Oct. 2003. Page(s): 26 -36

2002

Face-responsive interfaces: from direct manipulation to perceptive presence. Trevor Darrell, Konrad Tollmar, Frank Bentley, Neal Checka, Loius-Phillipe Morency, Ali Rahimi and Alice Oh (MIT AI Lab), UbiComp 2002 Proceedings

workshops organized

ACM DL Author-ize serviceResearch in the large 3.0: app stores, wide distribution, and big data in MobileHCI research
Benjamin Poppinga, Henriette Cramer, Matthias Böhmer, Alistair Morrison, Frank Bentley, Niels Henze, Mattias Rost, Florian Michahelles
MobileHCI '12 Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services companion, 2012

ACM DL Author-ize serviceMobile wellness: collecting, visualizing and interacting with personal health data
Konrad Tollmar, Frank Bentley, John Moore, Alex Olwal
MobileHCI '11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 2011


ACM DL Author-ize serviceVideo interaction - making broadcasting a successful social media
Oskar Juhlin, Erika Reponen, Frank Bentley, David Kirk
CHI EA '11 Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, 2011

panels

Building Relationships between Industry and Academia. Mobile HCI 2012. San Francisco, CA. September 2012.

Digital Storytelling: Empowering Students in the 21st Century. National Council of Teachers of English. Chicago, IL. November 2011.

Going Mobile: Is Portable Media Finally Here? Streaming Media East 2010. New York, New York. May 2010.

Future Technology for Older Adults Senior Friendly Technologies: Interaction Design for the Elderly workshop at CHI 2010. Atlanta, GA. April 2010.

Collaborating Across the Corporate Divide. Rafiq Ahmed, Frank Bentley, JoEllen Kames. Design For Mobile Conference. Lawrence, Kansas. September 2008.

Envisioning the Mobile Future. Jared Benson, Frank Bentley, Marcus Grupp, Neil Pfeiffer. Design For Mobile Conference. Lawrence, Kansas. September 2008.

thesis

A Widget Based Architecture for Perceptive Presence. Frank Bentley. Master of Engineering Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. February 2003.

school projects

Study on the Effects of Robotic Facial Features on Perceived Teachability. Frank Bentley, Hesky Fisher, Kailas Narendran and Michelle Peters. 15.301, Spring 2001.
Low Bandwidth Web Searching Using Categorization and Summarization. Frank Bentley and Georgi Peev. 6.829, Fall 2002.

patents issued

Method and system for generating a play tree for selecting and playing media content. Gunnar Harboe, Frank Bentley, Crysta Metcalf, Vivek Thakkar. Patent Number 7,685,154

patent applications

Selectively Receiving Media Content (filing 1). Benedito Fonseca, Kevin Baum, Jeffrey Bonta, George Calcev, Michael Needham, Frank Bentley. US Patent Application Number:US 2012/0079059.
Selectively Receiving Media Content (filing 2). Benedito Fonseca, Kevin Baum, Jeffrey Bonta, George Calcev, Michael Needham, Frank Bentley. US Patent Application Number:US 2012/0079062.
Contextually Relevant Media Bundle. Frank Bentley, Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury. US Patent Application Number:2012/0079058.
Selectively Receiving Media Contant. Benedito Fonseca, Kevin Baum, JeffreyBonta, George Calcev, Michael Needham, Frank Bentley. US Patent Application Number: 2012/0079059.
Method and Apparatus for Creating Short Video Clips of Importent Events. Frank Bentley, Michael Groble. US Patent Application Number:20100107080.
Aggregated View of Local and Remote Social Information. Frank Bentley, Rafiq Ahmed, JoEllen Kames, Lauren Schwendimann. US Patent Application Number:20090209286.
Method and Apparatus for Acquiring Content-Based Capital Via A Sharing Technology. Crysta Metcalf, Frank Bentley.
System and Method for Providing Status Information of a Multimedia Broadcast Receiver on an Ambient Device. Frank Bentley, Noel Massey, Joe Tullio, Gunnar Harboe, Crysta Metcalf, Guy Romano
Multimedia Device For Providing Access to Media Content. Frank Bentley, Gunnar Harboe, Crysta Metcalf, Vivek Thakkar, Guy Romano
Method and Apparatus of Determining Access Rights to Content Items. Jerome Picault, Frank Bentley, David Bourne, Nocolas Lhuillier, Crysta Metcalf, Joseph Wodka. US Patent Application Number: 20070073694

program committees

I have served on the following program committees for conferences and workshops:

I also regularly review for the CHI, CSCW, Ubicomp, and Pervasive conferences and have been on an NSF review panel for Social-Computational Systems.