Horizons for Information Societies
Seminar #9

The 9th seminar dealt with ubiquitous computing. Mr Hoareau (, ) and Dr Duval () presented their research on location-awareness in ubiquitous computing and human needs in wearable computing at the .

See also: previous seminar (#8), next seminar (#10).



Slides of the presentations:

Date: 04 October 2007 (15:30-17:30)
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Language: English
Registration fees: None
Attendees: 10 persons
Organization: Dr ,


Ubiquitous Computing, Location-Awareness and Query Processing
by Mr

Abstract: Over the last decade, devices related to ubiquitous computing (e.g. sensors, embedded microprocessors, handhelds, wearable computers) have soared and seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives. They provide new functionality, enhance user productivity, and ease everyday tasks. First, I will give an overview of context-aware services. Then I will focus on my current research: location-aware services that (1) enable emerging applications to detect the presence/location of people and objects, then (2) behave accordingly. To support such functions, ubiquitous systems must capture, maintain and process location information. I will thus discuss location modelling and present how I use location models to build a location query framework.

Speaker: Mr Hoareau obtained a Master's degree in computer science from the Université Pierre & Marie Curie (France). Since 2006, he is a Ph.D. candidate at , . He is currently studying location modelling and query processing for ubiquitous computing, under the guidance of .


Needs in Wearable Computing: a User-centred Approach (16:30-17:30)
by Dr

Abstract: Technological and algorithmic advances allow the creation of functional wearables, small computers that can be held (e.g. cellular phones) or worn (e.g. health-monitoring shirts). However their adoption remains limited, notably due to the limited considerations given to users' physical, psychological and social needs. In this talk, I will present a few existing wearables and worldwide trends. Then I will discuss needs in wearable computing, taking into account research on (1) human motivation, (2) childhood development and (3) changes in old age.

Speaker: Researcher at the , Dr Duval obtained his Ph.D. in information science from (Japan) in 2006. His Ph.D. work was entitled: Satisfying Fundamental Needs in Everyday Life With Wearable Computers - The Case of Belonging Needs. Dr Duval currently investigates specific needs in wearable computing from birth to old age, and leads a project dedicated to the support of families with ubiquitous technologies.

Website: <http://horizons.free.fr/home/eng/projects.htm#psysoc-wearcomp>