Rosemary Michelle Simpson

Box 1910, Computer Science Department
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
401-751-8853 (home)

Richard D. Shields

June 17, 1942 - February 15, 1998

Gifts of a Life - Richard D. Shields

Augmented Reality - Visions and Tools

This is an exploratorium for examining, playing with, testing, challenging, and molding new ideas and tools for extending our mind-body systems, both in self-referential modes and in collaborative modes. Initially, I include just a link to my future fantasy, but as my new system - ConceptLab - takes shape will include versions of it as well.

ACM Computing Surveys Hypertext Symposium

Memex and Beyond

Beyond the Plane: Spatial Hypertext in a Virtual Reality World

ConceptLab Phase One Research Plan

Hypertext - More Than Just a Goto Link

Principles of Rich Indexing



Rosemary Michelle Simpson received a BA in history from the University of Massachusetts. She taught high school chemistry and was the recipient of an NSF science teachers grant for chemistry. In 1967 she joined IBM as a systems engineer (Cambridge MA GEM office). Since then she's been a systems programmer (CP-67/CMS development group - the forerunner of VM/370), teacher (DecSystem-10 operating system internals), technical writer (Prime Computer system architecture), Lisp programmer (LMI, where she created the Gateway hypertext system), a professional indexer, and an information structures designer.

For twelve years she was resources coordinator for the Brown Computer Graphics groups, and implemented, in Squeak, the first prototype for ConceptLab. ConceptLab is a spatial hypermedia environment that provides facilities for exploring and extending a cognitive domain, for generating new ideas relative to that domain, and for modifying the domain to reflect the impact of the new ideas. It enables users to discover relationships among concepts that they would not have otherwise discovered using currently available tools such as search engines (Google, Altavista, etc) and citationbases (CiteSeer).