The development of small and powerful computing devices and, simultaneously, of wireless, mobile communication systems offers a great variety of new applications, summarized under the name of Mobile Computing. The phenomenal growth of those mobile computing devices, together with current trends in embedded systems and software, real-time interaction and omnipresent wireless networking fertilises the formation of a Ubiquitous Computing landscape, in which digital environments are aware of the presence of users, sensitive, adaptive and responsive to the users needs, habits and emotions and ubiquitously accessible for the user via natural interaction.
This topic solicits papers dealing with the following mobile and ubiquitous computing elements: mobility, ubiquity, awareness, intelligence, and natural interaction. Mobility addresses solutions that help to make time, geographic, media and service boundaries less and less important. Ubiquity refers to a situation in which we are surrounded by a multitude of interconnected embedded systems, which are (mostly) invisible and moved into the background of our surrounding (workplace, building, home, outdoor). Awareness refers to the ability of the system to recognise and localise objects as well as people and their intentions. Intelligence refers to the fact that the digital surrounding is able to adapt itself to the people that live in it, learn from their behaviour, and possibly recognise as well as show emotion. Natural interaction finally refers to advanced modalities like natural speech- and gesture recognition, as well as speech-synthesis, which will allow a much more human-like communication with the digital environment than is possible today.
The aim of the topic is to bring together, at Euro-Par 2003, computer scientists and engineers in the areas of wireless networking, mobile computing, and ubiquitous computing in order to present and share their ideas about the design and analysis of ubiquitous computing environments and the challenges imposed by the applications of mobile and ubiquitous computing.
Prof. Max Mühlhäuser
TU Darmstadt, Germany
Prof. Alois Ferscha
Institut für Praktische Informatik, Gruppe Software
Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria