A Collaborative Approach to Minimize Cellphone Interruptions

  • Ashraf Khalil
  • Kay Connelly
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5726)


In this paper, we present a collaborative approach to minimizing inappropriate cellphone interruptions. The approach uses Bluetooth technology to discover and communicate with the surrounding cell phones in order to read their notification profiles. The profile of the majority is assumed to be the most suitable setting for the current social environment. Cellphones running the collaborative service can automatically update their profile according to the majority profile or at least alert the user to do so. We have conducted a user study to examine the acceptability and the usefulness of the collaborative service and to incorporate users’ feedback into the early design process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashraf Khalil
    • 1
  • Kay Connelly
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Engineering & Computer ScienceAbu Dhabi UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.School of Informatics, BloomingtonIndiana UniversityIndianaUSA

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