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Ubiquitous Computing

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Mattern
Dr. Simon Mayer
Lecture FS 2018

Abstract:

This lecture introduces the vision of ubiquitous computing and exposes students to the fundamental concepts and technologies in the area. The term "ubiquitous computing" describes the idea of incorporating sensing, computation, and communication into everyday things in order to make them and their surroundings "smart". Smart things can detect where they are, sense what is around them, and remember what they were used for previously. They may also interact with humans via mobile devices, use mighty services from the "cloud", and communicate with other smart real-world objects, forming an "Internet of Things".

With the fast technological progress in microelectronics and communication technology, the vision of smart environments seems to become realizable now. This development promises many interesting applications and novel business scenarios. In fact, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in computing - away from the desktop computer used as a tool, towards pervasive and invisibly embedded computers assisting people in a natural and unobtrusive way.

The lecture gives an overview of important technological developments in selected domains, which together contribute to the vision of smart environments and Ubiquitous Computing. It also discusses economic and social issues connected to these developments. Specific topics are:

  • The vision of Ubiquitous Computing
  • Technology trends
  • The Internet of Things and the Web of Things
  • RFID and passive Sensing
  • Wireless short-distance communication (Bluetooth, NFC)
  • Location awareness and location-based services
  • Embedded systems and smart cards
  • Applications and business scenarios
  • Social implications

Slides

Slides are provided a few days after the respective lecture has taken place. Please note: the exam covers everything that has been discussed during the lectures.

Lecture schedule:

In FS 2018, this course will be taught by Prof. Mattern and Dr. Mayer. (see the VVZ for details)

Date Time Location Lecturer Slides
Tuesday, 20.02.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Introduction, Vision
Tuesday, 27.02.2018 No lecture
Tuesday, 06.03.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Vision, Trends
Tuesday, 13.03.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Moore's Law, Technical Drivers
Tuesday, 20.03.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Sensors, SAW, RFID
Monday, 26.03.2018 13:15 - 17:00 CAB  H 52  Simon Mayer Wireless
Tuesday, 27.03.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Simon Mayer Wireless / WPAN
Tuesday, 03.04.2018 No lecture
Tuesday, 10.04.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern RFID (1)
Tuesday, 17.04.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern RFID (2)
Monday, 23.04.2018 13:15 - 17:00 HG  E 3  Simon Mayer IoT, WoT
Tuesday, 24.04.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Simon Mayer HTTP, CoAP
Tuesday, 01.05.2018 No lecture
Tuesday, 08.05.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Smartcards (1)
Tuesday, 15.05.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Smartcards (2)
Tuesday, 22.05.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Location
Monday, 28.05.2018 13:15 - 16:00 HG  E 3  Simon Mayer Business and Societal Implications
Tuesday, 29.05.2018 08:15 - 10:00 CAB  G 61  Friedemann Mattern Implications

Contact:

If you have questions regarding the lecture, please contact Mihai B√Ęce.
ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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