Important dates to the seminar
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:
How to get the certificate?
Each participant has to fulfil the following criteria:
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.