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August 7-14, 2002, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany


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Ubiquitous computing and pervasive computing are emerging disciplines bringing together elements from distributed systems, mobile computing, embedded systems, human computer interaction, computer vision and many other fields. Their vision is grounded in the belief that processors are becoming so small and inexpensive that they will eventually be embedded in almost everything. Everyday objects will then be infused with computational power, enabling them as information artifacts and smart devices. By bringing computational power to the objects of the physical world, ubiquitous computing induces a paradigm shift in the way we use computers.

Goals and Audience

The goal of the summer school is to provide a basic survey of the most relevant subfields, to present the perspectives and the underlying technologies, but also to identify the pertinent issues that form the new field and to identify important research themes. Furthermore, the school will provide a good opportunity to get to know other people working in the field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future.

The intended audience are post-graduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world. We expect about 60 participants.

List of Topics

  • Middleware and pervasive computing infrastructures
  • Radio tags, smartcards and embedded computers
  • Models of context and context awareness
  • Location models and location awareness
  • Wireless networks and mobile computing
  • Wearable computing
  • Perception and computer vision
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Smart environments and smart spaces
  • Physical-virtual integration
  • Device aggregation and interoperation
  • Security and privacy


John J. Barton John J. Barton
HP Labs
Palo Alto CA
Nigel Davies Nigel Davies
Computing Department
Lancaster University and
Department of Computer Science
University of Arizona
Anind K. Dey Anind K. Dey
University of California, Berkeley and
Intel Research Lab, Berkeley
Hans-Werner Gellersen Hans-Werner Gellersen
Computing Department
Lancaster University
Marc Langheinrich Marc Langheinrich
Department of Computer Science
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Friedemann Mattern Friedemann Mattern
Department of Computer Science
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Thad Starner Thad Starner
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Organization and Venue

Old Dagstuhl Building
Photo AKA Werbe-Studio, Saarlouis

The summer school is jointly organized by ETH Zurich and the International Conference and Research Center for Computer Science at Schloss Dagstuhl. It will take place in the relaxed and inspiring atmosphere of Schloss Dagstuhl (Dagstuhl manor house), Germany, close to the border of Luxembourg and France. It was built in 1760 and is used for seminars and conferences since 1990. Besides providing accommodation, a comprehensive computer science research library, and computer facilities, it offers a unique setting for inspiring discussions, informal exchange of ideas, and socializing. The rural surroundings provide good opportunities for relaxed walks.


The summer school lasts for 8 days, including a weekend. Usually, each day will feature lectures (given by distinguished scholars) and discussions around a broad theme. Three to four lectures will be presented per day (morning and late afternoon). Some time will be reserved for a workshop where all participants can present their own work and involvement in the field. The presentation of own work and active participation is appreciated. On the weekend excursions and other social activities are planned which should help to form a community among the young researchers.

For details, see the schedule for the whole week.

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The school is organized by

Friedemann Mattern
Department of Computer Science
ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology)
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zurich

If you have any questions regarding the summer school, feel free to send inquiries to Michael Rohs at <>.

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