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Institut für Pervasive Computing

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
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A-4040 Linz
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Ubicomp 2014, Workshop on “The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables”

This workshop asks questions on the potential and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe-spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital assistants. While individual wearables are of heterogeneous provenance and typically act autonomously, it stands to reason that they can (and will) self-organize into large scale cooperative collectives, with humans being mostly out-of-the-loop. A common objective or central controller may thereby not be assumed, but rather volatile network topologies, codependence and internal competition, non-linear and non-continuous dynamics, and sub-ideal, failure-prone operation. We refer to these emerging massive collectives of wearables as a "superorganism", since they exhibit properties of a living organism (like e.g. 'collective intelligence') on their own.

Ubicomp 2014, Sept 13-17, Seattle, WA, US
Workshop on“The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables”
Download CfP [.pdf]

Call for Position Papers :: UBICOMP 2014 Workshop on "The Superorganism of Massive Collective Wearables"

Seattle, WA, USA # September 13, 2014 (right before UBICOMP and ISWC - Sept. 15-17)

As an instrument of involving a broad sprectrum of individual research opinions, this workshop promotes the submission of (2 page) position papers, and the presentation of (10 min) position statements. Each position paper should be submitted as a single PDF file, not longer than two pages in length, containing a description of

  1. a research vision / research question
  2. a research approach and method
  3. and an analysis of the potential impact

of the proposed research.

Position papers will be published as part of the FoCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems, Research Agenda Book.

Important Dates
Submission DeadlineSeptember 5th, 2014
Notif. of AcceptanceSeptember 8th, 2014
Camera Ready Version<after the WS>
WorkshopSeptember 13th, 2014

Call for Position Papers
Download Template [.doc]

Raising Attention: Academic Round Table

Information overload and attention scarcity are social and industrial issues threatening human well-being and productivity. The current project 'Raising Attention' aims at opening the door for comprehensive research and development in the integration of human attention as the key factor for the design of future technical HCI and ICT systems. We pursue the next step in the evolution from 'classic' AI to a new abstraction layer which can be summarized as 'Cognitive ICT'. This requires a general and highly interdisciplinary scientific and industrial mobilization to achieve the necessary rising of public and political awareness.

Event info

Date: Thursday 22.05.2014
Place: OCG Vienna, Wollzeile 1-3, 1010 Wien


Social Science Perspective
Univ.-Prof. Georg Franck-Oberaspach,
Vienna University of Technology

10:00Human Computer Interaction Perspective
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, JKU Linz

Medical Science Perspective
Prim. Univ.-Doz. Andreas Shamiyeh,
AKH Linz


Human Computer Interaction Perspective
Univ.-Prof. Antonio Krüger,
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence


Cognitive Science Perspective
Univ.-Prof. Ulrich Ansorge,
University of Vienna


Shaping the research landscape


Wrap up

Further Information:

Academic Round Table Invitation [.pdf]

IEEE Pervasive Computing Special Issue: Attention Management

The study of Human Attention within the Pervasive Computing domain has importance that is theoretical as well as practical. While considered a mental variable that could not be quantified and measured in metric terms in the early nineteen-hundreds -and was thus considered outside the bounds of scientific inquiry- human attention has constituted a fundamental element of psychological research since then. Today, everyone has an intuitive understanding of what attention is, how it can be assessed and how it impacts perception, memory, expectation, awareness, relevance, decision-making and other behaviours. Yet, there is hardly any human capacity as complicated to describe. Competing sensual stimuli which are controlled via top-down (conscious) and bottom-up (unconscious) sensory and perceptual processes, and the allocation to their respective importance makes attention hard to parametrize or even to measure. Formalizing human attention is extremely difficult, since it not only involves evidence based research (like the analysis of measurable, indicative signs of attention), but also theory based research of human cognitive capacities.

This special issue of IEEE PERVASIVE focusses on novel approaches to attention modelling, attention representation, attention recognition or estimation, together with attention management as a -theoretical as well as practical- system design principle.

Alois Ferscha
(Guest Editor)

IEEE Pervasive Computing Special Issue Vol 14, No 1, Jan-Mar 2014
Cover & Content [pdf] [html]
Guest Editor's Introduction, p. 19ff [pdf]
Spotlight: Attention, Please!, p. 48ff [pdf]

Raising Attention: Open Round Table

Allgegenwärtige Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) haben die vor Jahre prognostizierte Informationsflut zu einem Informationstsunami anwachsen lassen. Die menschliche Aufmerksamkeit ist zu einem knappen Gut geworden.

Das Institut für Pervasive Computing der JKU Linz (IPC) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Research Studio für Pervasive Computing Applications (PCA) initiierten ein Sondierungsprojekt 'Raising Attention' als Vorbereitung einer Forschungs- und Entwicklungsoffensive zur Gestaltung aufmerksamkeits- ökonomischer IKT (Economics of Attention).

In Kooperation mit dem ITCluster Wien findet am 20.1.14 ein Round Table-Gespräch statt, das der Information über "Raising Attention" sowie dem Aufbau eines Netzwerkes entlang der Wertschöpfungskette der "Attention Economy" dienen soll.

Event info

Datum: Montag, 20. Jänner 2014
Ort: Vienna Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Wien

17:00Begrüßung und Eröffnung
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, JKU Linz

Paying Attention: Visitors and Museums
Mag. Florian Pollack,
Head of Communications,
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien


Catching the Customers Attention
Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer,
CEO SERY* Creative Communications,
Obfrau FV Werbung & Marktkommunikation WKÖ


Attending while Driving
Thomas Stottan,


Happy to Share with You
Mag. Philipp Bodzenta,
Director Public Affairs & Communications,
Coca-Cola GmbH


Dr. Rudolf Klausnitzer,
Journalist, Kultur- und Medienmanager


Mag. Gerald Reischl,
Editor in Chief,, Editor Kurier


Gerfried Stocker,
Künstlerischer Leiter, AEC Linz


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha


Moderiert wird die Veranstaltung von DI Benedikt Gollan, Pervasive Computing Applications, Research Studios Austria.

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Weitere Informationen:

Raising Attention Invitation [pdf]

Kontakt zu PCA und IPC:

Prof. Alois Ferscha,
Institute for Pervasive Computing,
Johannes Kepler University Linz

DI Benedikt Gollan,
Pervasive Computing Applications,
Research Studios Austria

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