I did an honors project in college while studying cognitive science. I specialized in human computer interaction and was intrigued by the multitude of technologies that personally record data on our everyday lives. Recording, storing, and even sharing the data is easy, cheap, and fast. As more and more data is compiled though, what method is best used to sort through it?
I studied the reliability of event segmentation on data between individuals. This method of breaking data into meaningful chunks had very little real world testing. Utilizing the Microsoft SenseCam, the Livescribe Pulse Smart Pen, and a home grown computer recording software called ActivityTrailsLite I was able to record a variety of activities and found that without natural break points there are often too many contextual clues to provide a standard across individuals.
My honors thesis is available here: Event Segmentation in the Wild.
My honors presentation: