Frank Bentley – Motorola: Building Mobile Experiences

Frank Bentley

Frank Bentley

Principal Staff Research Scientist in the Core Research Group at Motorola Mobility


Building Mobile Experiences

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please note that the venue has changed to in Kendall Sq.
101 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
Monster is on the 10th floor.

We’re sold out tonight.



Using examples from over a decade of research at Motorola and six years of teaching at MIT, Frank will describe his methods for creating and evaluating new mobile experiences. The talk will cover methods from generative research to paper prototyping, usability analysis, mobile programming, and multi-week field evaluations adapted for the unique properties of interaction out in the world.  The focus is on getting something built and in use in real-world settings as quickly as possible (often within days!) to learn how these systems integrate with and enhance daily life.  This talk will describe how these methods have been used to create services now in use by millions of people such as MotoBLUR, TuVista, and


Frank Bentley is a Principal Staff Research Scientist in the Core Research Group at Motorola Mobility.  He also teaches Communicating with Mobile Technology, a Mobile HCI class at MIT.  Frank’s research centers on building new mobile experiences to strengthen strong tie social relationships.  This work combines methods from anthropology, HCI, design, computer science, and business to understand how people adopt new technology in their lives and the impact of using these new systems in longitudinal studies for months at a time.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!

Parking is available at metered spots on the street, or at pay lots throughout Kendall Square.  The building does not have parking available for visitors. is less than a 5-minute walk from the Kendall Sq T station on the Red Line.

Dessert Sponsor

ICS, Integrated Computer Solutions