Seminar Ubiquitous Computing in WS 2005/2006




To be determined, probably blocked presentations in February 2006


To be determined


Prof. Dr. Otto Spaniol, Dr. Dirk Thißen

Important dates to the seminar

August 1st, 14:00h, Seminar room i4

Assignment of topics

December 1st, 2005

Deadline for seminar paper as pdf document

December 1st, 2005

All papers available on the web pages

February 2006


January 2006

Presentation scheduling available

16. March 2006

Certificates finished. You can get the certificates from the secretary office of Informatik 4. I will also send the results to ZPA, but you have to go there by yourself to fill it into your studies information before you can find it in the campus office information to your studies.


What is Ubiquitous Computing? Wikipedia gives the answer: "Ubiquitous computing integrates computation into the environment, rather than having computers which are distinct objects. [...] Promoters of this idea hope that embedding computation into the environment would enable people to move around and interact with computers more naturally than they currently do. One of the goals of ubiquitous computing is to enable devices to sense changes in their environment and to automatically adapt and act based on these changes based on user needs and preferences. Some simple examples of this type of behavior include GPS-equipped automobiles that give interactive driving directions and RFID store checkout systems. [...] Ubiquitous computing encompasses a wide range of research topics, including distributed computing, mobile computing, sensor networks, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence."

Following such explanations, you can decide by yourself - is "Ubiquitous Computing" just a buzzword, or is it a new research area, bringing together lots of different topics in computer science? Hoping that it is more than a buzzword, Informatik 4 does research in several areas of Ubiquitous Computing. Students interested in choosing communication systems as specialization area can use this seminar to get a closer look to our research activities and by this can get the opportunity to prepare for diploma/master thesis. Because of the large range covered by Ubiquitous Computing, we restrict to topics related to the area of communication systems. Thus, the topics offered in the seminar rawly can be classified into three areas:

  • Security in networks (application in sensor networks, anonymity, attacks, ...)

  • Wireless networks (Ad-hoc networks, routing, localization, ...)

  • Quality of Service (Middelware, Internet QoS, Performance Modeling and Evaluation, ...


  • Vordiplom in Computer Science (Diploma students)
  • Lecture "Data Communications"; depending of the topics, also other lectures (mobile communications, security in communication networks, ...) can help in understanding.
  • Reading the DOs and DON'Ts for seminars.

How to get the certificate?

Each participant has to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Writing of a paper of 20 - 30 pages
  • Preparing presentation with the supervisor of the topic
  • Visiting all presentations
  • Giving an own presentation (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion)

Please also have a look to the general hints for seminars (in german...).

Topics and Presentation Dates

The presentations will probably be given in Bonn, B-IT building, in form of a 2-day blocked event. Exact dates are not determined, but probably it will be in February 2006. The topics and presentation scheduling will be published by the electronical seminar system.


The literature is handed out in the first meeting.

For questions: Dirk Thißen, Room: 4226
Phone: (0241) 80-21450

Letzte Änderung: 17.06.2005