[ 921PECOPSEV13 ] VL Pervasive Computing: Systems and Environments

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Computer Science Alois Ferscha 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Computer Science 2021W
Objectives The continuously unfolding field of Pervasive Computing refers to computing which is made to appear anytime and everywhere. The concept of using small internet-connected and inexpensive computers to help with everyday functions in an automated fashion touches on distributed computing, mobile computing, location computing, mobile networking, sensor networks, human–computer interaction, context-aware technologies, and artificial intelligence.

This course focuses on the underlying state-of-the art of ubicomp technologies, the challenges it raises across computer science: in systems design and engineering, in systems modelling, and in user interface design, as well as the potential domains of application.

The students should understand the fundamental underlying principles, methods and models essential for enabling a fully robust ubiquitous computing systems and environments.

Subject The courses “Pervasive Computing: Systems and Environments” and “Pervasive Computing: Design and Development” are strongly intertwined. The following topics will be covered in this lecture:

  • Historical roots, vision and paradigms
  • Enabling technologies for identification, positioning, localization and track-ing
  • Wireless communication
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Networked embedded system architectures
  • Pervasive computing middleware
  • Context-aware design and development
  • Coordination, unobtrusiveness and multimodal interaction
  • Ethnographic, social, legal, security and privacy issues
Criteria for evaluation Exam at the end of term
Methods Slide-based presentation
Language English
Study material Slides will be available in the course section in Moodle. Additional literature will be announced in the course.
Changing subject? No
Further information
Corresponding lecture INMPPVOPCIN: VO Pervasive Computing Infrastructure (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment