SIPC 2012

  • Stuart Moran, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Irene Lopez de Vallejo, IK4-Tekniker
  • Vassilis Kostakos, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Ville Antila, UTT
  • Monica Gemo, Poli MI/IRC
  • Jorge Berzoza, IK4-Tekniker
  • Sarah Clinch, Lancaster UK
  • Christian Detweiler, TU delft
  • Antoni Martinez-BallestĂ©, URV Spain
  • Helena Rodrigues, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Adriano Moreira, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Nemanja Memarovic, University of Lugano
  • Amandeep Dhir, Aalto University
  • Puneet Kaur
  • Benjamin Greschbach
  • Florian Schauß

Keynote Speaker: Vassils Kostakos

Abstract - Pervasive and ubiquitous computing has come a long way in recent years, and our technologies and experimental prototypes are slowly moving out of the lab and into people's everyday lives. In this talk I will provide an overview of such research conducted by my team over the past years, and outline the main challenges that we face in the future, particularly in terms of making our technology accepted and valued by the general public.

Vassilis is Professor of Computer Engineering in Ubiquitous Computing at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Oulu. He has held appointments at the University of Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor Programme. He conducts research on ubiquitous and pervasive computing, human-computer interaction, social and dynamic networks, usable security and trust.


The technology associated with Pervasive Computing (PC) is progressively approaching levels of sufficient accuracy, dependability and suitable cost. As a result, we will soon see a shift from implementations in controlled research laboratories to implementations in real world everyday applications; the next stage in the development of PC.

PC technologies have the potential for literal ubiquitous use in almost all public, personal and commercial aspects of our lives. This ubiquity will enable and lead to, the emergence of new, unprecedented applications on a previously unseen scale. The benefits of this technology are numerous and wide ranging, but alongside this are the implications of the technology, brought about by the scale of pervasive computing and its use.

Research into the social aspects of PC has thus far generally focused on the positive applications of the technology, with insufficient discussion of its potential high impacting social consequences. The intention of this workshop is to focus on and explore the social implications of pervasive computing, and from this to develop theories, methods and guidelines to encourage the technology to achieve maximum benefit, with minimal consequence.

If the implications of pervasive computing are to be prevented/minimised, research must be discussed and conducted now, while the technology is still in development. This will lead to guidance for the wider pervasive computing community, and provide sufficient time to consider the impact of the technology being developed.

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