Mike Wooldridge's Portfolio

Partial list of projects and papers completed at UC Berkeley's School of Information:

Health Tracker (Master's Final Project) (Spring 2006): I worked on a three-person team that designed, implemented, and tested a prototype mobile-phone application that enables women to track and predict their fertility. Users record their monthly cycle information and results of fertility tests in Health Tracker, and the application displays estimates of future fertility based on the entries. Women can use the application to send fertility information to others--for instance, their partner or healthcare provider--and to set up automatic reminders for common tests. The project used a variety of user-centered design practices to iteratively develop and test the application.

Health Tracker (Initial Work) (Spring 2006): During a one-week workshop on Python programming for mobile phones, I created "Health Tracker," an application that helps patients monitor the progress of their treatments and more effectively communicate with their doctors.

PatentViz (Fall 2005): For an Information Visualization and Presentation class, a partner and I designed two systems for exploring the U.S. patent system. The first uses a scatter plot to highlight potentially important patents based on their citation structure; the other uses a Treemap to highlight trends in patent categories.

Patent Search (Fall 2005): For my Search Engines class, I redesigned the interface of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's search engine and tested the new interface on six users.

IEOR Database Project (Fall 2005): With my group in the Analysis and Design of Databases class, I designed a database to support the operations of a package-delivery company. We implemented the database in Microsoft Access and PHP/MySQL.

Non-Software Open Source Opportunities (Fall 2005): With my group in the Strategic Computing and Communications Technology class, I analyzed business opportunities that use strategies from open-source software development, including wiki-based encyclopedias, open-access scholarly journals, and open-source educational materials.

Open-Source Fragrances (Fall 2005): Inspired by the open-source projects described above, I invented two fragrances ("Information" for women and "Metadata" for men) and released their recipes under an open-source license. For the 2005 holidays, I bottled the fragrances and distributed them to I-School faculty.

Review of Geographic Search Engines (Fall 2005): For the Search Engines and Society class, I reviewed methods by which search engines take locality into account when returning results.

Mobile Multimedia Metadata 2 (Summer 2005): As a graduate student researcher over the summer, I developed systems for capturing cameraphone photos, storing the photos on a Web server, and managing those photos based on their metadata.

I Love You Mobile (Summer 2005): While working on campus over the summer, fellow students and I launched cameraphones over the UC Berkeley campus using helium balloons. We used the cameraphones to take still pictures and video from the air.

PhotoCat (Spring 2005): With my group in the User Interface and Design class, I designed and tested a system for managing digital photographs based on their metadata. The system's innovative interface featured a set of concentric circles that organized photos by time.

Cameraphone Scavenger Hunt (Spring 2005): I created a cameraphone scavenger game using photos taken in and around UC Berkeley's South Hall. Participants attempted to re-create the photos using their cameraphones.

Electronic Book Project (Spring 2005): For my Analysis of Information Systems class, I developed a project plan for an electronic book to be sold on Amazon.com. The book was titled Google For Grandparents and would teach novices how to use the Internet search engine.

RFID and Privacy (Spring 2005): For my Information Law and Policy class, I wrote a final paper explaining how radio-frequency identification (RFID) poses threats to privacy and ways to mitigate those threats.

Picture Portal (Fall 2004): With my group in the Information Organization and Retrieval class, I designed a system for automatically providing selective access to digital photos based on their time, location, and co-present metadata.