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Joseph Paradiso: Beyond IoT - Ubiquitous Sensing and Human Experience (22. August 2016)

Professor Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Lab, USA) will give a lecture at JKU: Beyond IoT - Ubiquitous Sensing and Human Experience

Monday, September 12, 2016, 13:00
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Science Park 3, HS 19

Abstract: This talk will overview the broad theme of interfacing humans to the ubiquitous electronic "nervous system" that sensor networks will soon extend across things, places, and people, going well beyond the ‘Internet of Things,’ and in different ways challenging the notion of physical presence. I'll illustrate this mainly through two avenues of research - one looking at a new kind of digital "omniscience" (e.g., different kinds of browsers for sensor network data & agile frameworks for sensor representation) and the other looking at buildings & tools as "prosthetic" extensions of humans (e.g., making HVAC and lighting systems an extension of your natural activity and sense of comfort, or smart tools as human-robot cooperation in the hand), drawing from many projects that are running in my group at the MIT Media Lab.

Guest lecture [pdf]

Human-computer confluence refers to an invisible, implicit, embodied or even implanted interaction between humans and system components. New classes of user interfaces are emerging that make use of several sensors and are able to adapt their physical properties to the current situational context of users. A key aspect of human-computer confluence is its potential for transforming human experience in the sense of bending, breaking and blending the barriers between the real, the virtual and the augmented, to allow users to experience their body and their world in new ways. Research on Presence, Embodiment and Brain-Computer Interface is already exploring these boundaries and asking questions such as: Can we seamlessly move between the virtual and the real? Can we assimilate fundamentally new senses through confluence? The aim of this book is to explore the boundaries and intersections of the multidisciplinary field of HCC and discuss its potential applications in different domains, including healthcare, education, training and even arts.

Please cite as:
Gaggioli, A., Ferscha, A., Riva, G., Dunne, S., Viaud-Delmon, I. (2016). Human Computer Confluence. Transforming Human Experience Through Symbiotic Technologies. Berlin: De Gruyter Open.

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Florian Alt: Peripheral Displays (25. May 2016)

Prof. Dr. Florian Alt (LMU Munich) will give a lecture at JKU: Peripheral Displays

Monday, June 6, 2016, 11:00
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Science Park 2, S2 048

Fueled by falling display hardware costs and rising demand, digital signage and pervasive displays are becoming ever more ubiquitous. Such systems have traditionally been used for advertising and infor-mation dissemination with digital signage commonplace in shopping malls, airports and public spaces. While advertising and broadcasting announcements remain important applications, developments in sensing and interaction technologies are enabling entirely new classes of display applications that tailor content to the situation and audience of the display. As a result, signage systems are beginning to transition from simple broadcast systems to rich platforms for communication and interaction.

In this lecture I provide an introduction to this emerging field. We will first look at different models that explain how people act in the vicinity of peripheral displays. Next, we will talk about how people can be engaged to interact with such displays. In particular, we will discuss how the attention of the audience can be captured, how the interactivity of displays can be communicated, and how people can be moti-vated to participate. The lecture concludes with a brief overview of different techniques suitable for interaction with large displays in public space.

Guest lecture [pdf]

Im Rahmen der 8. Internationalen Konferenz für Future Computational Technologies and Applications - Future Computing 2016 - in Rom wurde die Arbeit "SEEV-Effort - Is it Enough to Model Human Attentional Behavior in Public Display Settings" von PCA-Mitarbeiter Benedikt Gollan und Alois Ferscha mit dem Best Paper Award ausgezeichnet. Die Future Computing Konferenz befasst sich schwerpunktmäßig mit unkonventionellen rechnergestützen Methoden der Zukunft (z.B.: Cognitive Computing, Ambient Computing, Chaotic Computing, Computation under uncertainty, Intentional Computing).

Der von der Jury ausgezeichnete Artikel geht der Frage nach inwieweit die Interpretation von beobachtetem Aufwand ausreicht, um menschliches Verhalten im Alltag zu modellieren. In der veröffentlichen Arbeit wird gezeigt, dass in Kombination mit einer angepassten Version des SEEV Aufmerksamkeits-Modells, die im PCA-Studio entwickelte generische, aufwandsbasierte Verhaltensbeschreibung "Directed Effort" in der Lage ist, menschliches Aufmerksamkeits-Verhalten in öffentlichen Räumen zu beschreiben und vorherzusagen. Dies impliziert eine empirische Validierung dieser entwickelten Verhaltensbeschreibung, die durch spezielle Analysemethoden die Verwendung von menschlichem Verhalten als Input für Aufmerksamkeits-sensitive Interaktionssysteme im öffentlichen Raum ermöglicht.

Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen 2 (02. May 2016)
Die vorläufigen Ergebnisse der Nachklausur sind ab sofort im Kusss sichtbar. Einsichtnahme ist nach Terminvereinbarung ( möglich bis inclusive 13.Mai.
Myounghoon Jeon: Aesthetic Computing - Expanding Representation of the Computing Process and Perceptual Dimensions (04. April 2016)

Dr. Jeon will give a lecture at JKU: Aesthetic Computing - Expanding Representation of the Computing Process and Perceptual Dimensions

Monday, April 4, 2016, 13:00
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Science Park 1, Mechatronik-Gebäude, MT 226/1

Art and technology have a similar origin, but since 18th century they have been separated from one another (e.g., in Romanticism). However, with the rapid technological advancement, art and technology seem to be reintegrated. Specifically, we see considerable effects of computing and technology on art and aesthetics. On the contrary, relatively little effort has been put to investigate the potential effects of aesthetics on computing. Aesthetic Computing started to address this aspect. Aesthetic Computing is defined as “the application of art theory and practice to computing”. In this talk, after providing an overview of my program of research, I will introduce my perspective on art and aesthetic computing. Then, a few projects are highlighted with a focus on the integration of art and technology: interactive sonification platform for performing art and dance; driving-sonification for promoting fuel efficient driving and reducing aggressive driving; musical robots to facilitate social interactions of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders); and creating live theatre play using multiple robots as actors for underserved K-12 students. This talk is expected to facilitate discussions on how various arts can expand representation of the computing process and structure as well as how computing can expand our perceptual experiences.

Guest lecture [pdf]

Nominierung für Staatspreis Innovation - Sonderpreis VERENA (29. March 2016)

Das Kooperationsprojekt "PowerIT" des Institutes für Pervasive Computing mit der Oberösterreichischen Energie AG wurde mit einer Nominierung für den Staatspreis Innovation - Sonderpreis VERENA ausgezeichnet. Bundesweit wurden aus 311 Einreichungen vier Nominierungen vergeben.

Informationen zum Sonderpreis VERENA

Vortrag "Attentive Things" bei WARM 2016 (29. January 2016)

Prof. Ferscha hält eine Keynote zum Thema "Attentive Things" beim Winter Augmented Reality Meeting (WARM 2016) am 4. Februar 2016 in Graz.

WARM 2016 [htm]
Abstract "Attentive Things" [pdf]

Prof. Ferscha hält am 8. Oktober 2015 beim Symposium Industrie 4.0 - Konferenz der Nationalen Clusterplattform eine Keynote zum Thema "Cyberphysische Produkte und Produktionssysteme".

Symposium Industrie 4.0 / Konferenz der Nationalen Clusterplattform Österreich
Die Zukunft gestalten - Wegbereiter für die Produktion von morgen
Donnerstag, 8. Oktober 2015, 08.30 bis 17:30 Uhr
voestalpine Stahlwelt, 4020 Linz


08.30 – 09.00Eintreffen der Teilnehmer 
09.00 – 09.30Begrüßung
Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vizekanzler und Bundesminister für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft
Mag.a Doris Hummer, Forschungs- und Bildungslandesrätin Oberösterreich
Dr. Michael Strugl, Wirtschaftslandesrat Oberösterreich
KommR DI Dr. Clemens Malina Altzinger, Vizepräsident der WKO Oberösterreich
Dr. Axel Greiner, Präsident der Industriellenvereinigung Oberösterreich
09.30 – 10.15Key-Note „Industrie 4.0 – Was steckt tatsächlich dahinter?“
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Zäh, Institutsleiter des Instituts für Werkzeugmaschinen und Betriebswissenschaften (iwb) - Technische Universität München
10.15 – 11.00Podiumsdiskussion „Die Bedeutung von Industrie 4.0 für den Wirtschaftsstandort Österreich“
Moderation: Mag. Dietmar Mascher, Leiter Wirtschaftsredaktion OÖ-Nachrichten
Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vizekanzler und Bundesminister für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft
Dr. Michael Strugl, Wirtschaftslandesrat Oberösterreich
Dr. Axel Greiner, Präsident der Industriellenvereinigung Oberösterreich
KommR DI Günter Rübig, Vorsitzender des Rates für Forschung und Technologie für OÖ, Obmann der Sparte Industrie der WKOÖ
DI Herbert Eibensteiner, Mitglied des Vorstandes voestalpine AG
Wolfgang Rathner, Geschäftsführer Fill GmbH und Beiratssprecher des Mechatronik-Clusters
Dr. in Sabine Herlitschka, MBA, Vorstandsvorsitzende Infi neon Technologies Austria AG
11.00 – 11.30Kaffeepause / Networking / Besuch der Begleitausstellung
11.30 – 12.00Key-Note „Industrie 4.0 – Beispiele aus der Automobilproduktion heute und morgen“
Dr.-Ing. Albrecht Stalmann, Leiter Innovationsmanagement Volkswagen AG

12.00 – 12.30Key-Note „Cyberphysische Produkte und Produktionssysteme - eine Forschungsherausforderung“
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alois Ferscha, Leiter des Instituts für Pervasive Computing Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
12.30 – 13.00Podiumsdiskussion „Hat die Produktion in Österreich eine Chance?“
Moderation: DI Gerald Rammelmüller, Sales Project Manager Fronius International GmbH
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Meinhard Lukas, designierter Rektor der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
FH-Prof. DI Dr. Herbert Jodlbauer, Studiengangsleiter Produktion- und Management FH OÖ -Campus Steyr
SC Dr. Michael Losch, BMWFW/Wirtschaftspolitik, Innovation und Technologie
FH-Prof. Dr. Peter Mirski, Leiter Departement & Studiengänge MCiT Management Center Innsbruck
DI Dr. Kurt Hofstädter, MBA, Head of Industry CEE Siemens AG Österreich
Dr. Stefan Engleder, CTO ENGEL Austria GmbH
13.00 – 14.00Mittagspause / Networking / Besuch der Begleitausstellung
14.00 – 14.30Key-Note „Durch Digitalisierung (Industrie 4.0) zur optimierten Produktion“
Mag. Harald Preiml, Vorstand HEITEC AG Erlangen
14.30 – 15.00Key Note „Cyber Security - Achillesferse für Industrie 4.0“
ObstdG. Mag. Walter Unger, Leiter der Abteilung Cyber Defense und IKT-Sicherheit Bundesministerium
für Landesverteidigung und Sport
15.00 – 15.30Podiumsdiskussion „Sind Daten DIE kritischen Erfolgsfaktoren für I4.0?“
Moderation: DI (FH) Matthias Gamisch, Leiter Vertrieb weitblick systems GmbH
Mag. Klaus Sickinger, Geschäftsführer SAP Österreich GmbH
FH-Prof. DI Robert Kolmhofer, Leiter des Departments Sichere Informationssysteme FH Oberösterreich
Prof. Dr. Ruth Breu, Leiterin Institut für Informatik der Universität Innsbruck
Mag. Jochen Borenich, MBA, Mitglied des Vorstandes Kapsch BusinessCom AG
15.30 – 16.00Kaffeepause / Networking / Besuch der Begleitausstellung
16.00 – 16.30Key-Note „Arbeit 4.0? Herausforderungen und Perspektiven für die Arbeitswelt der Zukunft“
Dr. Martin Kuhlmann, Sprecher des Forschungsschwerpunkts „Arbeit im Wandel“ am Soziologischen
Forschungsinstitut Göttingen
16.30 – 17.00Podiumsdiskussion „Mensch und Technik - eine Symbiose mit Zukunft!
Moderation Gerhard Riegler, Geschäftsführer Aventics GmbH
Mag. (FH) Clemens Zierler, Geschäftsführer IAA-Institut für Arbeitsforschung und Arbeitspolitik an derJohannes Kepler Universität Linz
Dr. Christian Kittl, Geschäftsführer evolars next level GmbH
DI Dr. Franz Fidler, Studiengangsleiter Digitale Medientechnologien und Smart Engineering FH St. Pölten
DI Andreas Flick, CTO upstream and Head of Technology and Innovation Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH
17.00 – 17.30Zusammenfassung / GetTogether

Programm [pdf]
Abstract Prof. Ferscha [pdf]

Anind Dey: A Framework to Support Opportunistic Groups in Context Aware and Internet of Things Applications (28. April 2015)

Professor Anind K. Dey will give a lecture at JKU: A Framework to Support Opportunistic Groups in Context Aware and Internet of Things Applications

Friday, May 08, 2015, 13:00
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Science Park 3, HS 18

Context-aware computing utilizes information about users and their environment in order to provide relevant information and services. To date, however, most context-aware applications only take advantage of contexts that can either be produced on the device they are running on, or on external devices that are known beforehand. While there are many application domains that would benefit from the ability to serendipitously sense and share context between us-ers/devices, creating these applications is currently difficult because there is no way for devices to work together without either 1) explicitly directing them to do so, or 2) through some form of advanced user coordination (e.g., sharing credentials, installing and running the same software). This makes these approaches useful when the need to exchange information is known a priori, but impractical for the one-time, spontaneous interactions that make up the majority of our lives. In this talk, I will present the Group Context Framework (GCF), a new software toolkit that simplifies the process of sharing contextual information between two or more devices. In contrast with other techniques that require explicit pre-coordination between the specific users/devices involved, GCF allows devices to intelligently and autonomously form opportunistic groups based on their contextual relevance to one another. This allows developers to take advantage of opportunistic context in their applications without requiring devices to explicitly know of each other in advance. In addition to providing the technical means for devices to form opportunistic groups and share context, we will also present a series of applications that demonstrates how this capability can be used to increase users’ ability to interact with other devices and with each other. Together, this work demonstrates the utility of opportunistic groups in context-aware computing, and highlights the critical challenges that need to be addressed in order for opportunistic context sharing to be practical in real world systems.

Flyer [pdf]

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