Social Net

M. Terry, E. D. Mynatt, K. Ryall, and D. Leigh. Social net: Using patterns of physical proximity over time to infer shared interests. In CHI, editor, Proceedings of the Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference (CHI 2002), Minneapolis, MN, 20–25 April 2002.

The core idea of this paper is to infer from proximity people’s common interests. Example: if two people regularly exercise in the same fitness centre, Social Net detects this pattern and assume they share common interests. In addition a set of automated actions is carried out by the agent. For example, Social Net searches in the contact list of the persons “in proximity” and if a common friend is found then this person is suggested to introduce the two friends in common.