Abaris is a fully functioning prototype capture and access application to support therapists who perform Discrete Trial Training therapy, a current best practice intervention for children with autism. We have evaluated Abaris in homes and schools to determine its effectiveness in supporting data-based decision-making through better collaboration, better access to reliable artifacts, and higher confidence in decision-making. Abaris was published at Ubicomp 2004, Ubicomp 2005, CSCW 2006, and PUC 2012.

Abaris capture interface with digital pen and paper Abaris access interface with graph view.

Abaris video review interface. Re-designed Abaris with graph reviewing integrated into form printing interface.


Julie Kientz
Sebastian Boring
Beki Grinter
Gillian Hayes
Gregory Abowd


  • Hayes, G. R., Kientz, J. A., Truong, K. N., White, D. R., Abowd, G. D., & Pering, T. (2004, September). Designing capture applications to support the education of children with autism. In International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 161-178). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Kientz, J. A., Boring, S., Abowd, G. D., & Hayes, G. R. (2005, September). Abaris: Evaluating automated capture applied to structured autism interventions. In International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 323-339). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Kientz, J. A., Hayes, G. R., Abowd, G. D., & Grinter, R. E. (2006, November). From the war room to the living room: decision support for home-based therapy teams. In Proceedings of the 2006 20th anniversary conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 209-218). ACM.
  • Kientz, J. A., Hayes, G. R., Westeyn, T. L., Starner, T., & Abowd, G. D. (2007). Pervasive computing and autism: Assisting caregivers of children with special needs. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 6(1), 28-35.
  • Kientz, J. A. (2012). Embedded capture and access: encouraging recording and reviewing of data in the caregiving domain. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 16(2), 209-221.