SIREN: Mediated Informal Communication for Serendipity

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The process of education and innovation often involves individuals, whose expertise lies in diverse fields. Informal communication amongst them can prove to be invaluable towards the users collaboration, but rarely does it extend beyond one's already established social circle. This paper proposes SIREN, a system, which makes use of sensor nodes to detect encounters between colleagues in their workplace, as they undertake their daily tasks and spreads information virally from one to another. The aim is to introduce a channel of informal communication that is not disruptive to their routine.