Call for Participation

Workshop on

Infrastructure for Smart Devices - How to Make Ubiquity an Actuality

Bristol (UK), Wed September 27

Held as part of HUC 2k, The Second International Symposium on Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing


We solicit position statements or half-page abstracts of potential presentations (15 to 20 minutes). Please send them to before August 25 (preferably in PDF format); the organisers will select the presentations within a week. (Participation is not bound to a presentation)


The main hardware ingredients needed for Ubiquitous Computing exist or are upon us, and yet software developments have not kept pace. Technology has turned mobile consumer devices and various personal appliances into reality, mobile telecommunication networks will soon offer more bandwidth, and devices are increasingly connected by short-range wireless networks. Even non-electronic everyday objects will be linked to the virtual space via various tagging techniques.

These developments form the technological basis for turning tomorrow's interconnected devices into components of ubiquitous distributed systems, but it is still largely unclear what requirements Ubiquitous Computing applications actually have in general, and how these can be met.

Ubiquitous Computing is today a largely application-driven discipline, led by the opportunities that newly arising devices and network technologies offer. Researchers have come up with various systems and scenarios tailored to specific applications, but comparably little effort has been spent on investigating common ground for the infrastructure and services underlying large populations of smart devices.

There is, however, a clear need to address the issues around infrastructure, common services, cooperation paradigms, and security for communicating and cooperating smart devices in general, and not just as they are tailored to specific applications.

The proposed workshop intends to bring together people interested in these infrastructural issues, and aims to:

Reports on work in progress centered around these themes or similar issues are welcome. We also expect contributions that initiate discussions on themes such as To encourage controversal discussions, proposals might also be formulated as a one-sentence 'statement', with up to a page of abstract that shows how the proposer intends to argue for it. We also plan a panel discussion on security and privacy in ubiquitous computing.

DEADLINE for contributions: August 25

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