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Institut für Pervasive Computing

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
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]

 
Heinz Zemanek


foto: apa

Heinz Zemanek (1 January 1920 - 16 July 2014) was an Austrian computer pioneer who in 1955 developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent. (Wikipedia)

With highest respect, and deep commiseration we adore Professor Heinz Zemanek as a visionary, pioneer, outstanding scientist, teacher, mentor and friend.

Alois Ferscha (Awardee Heinz Zemanek Prize 1992)

 
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


Agenda
09:00Registration
09:15Welcome
09:30

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

[Videoclip]
10:00Human Computer Interaction Perspective
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, JKU Linz
[Videoclip]
10:30

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

[Videoclip]
11:30

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

[Videoclip]
12:00

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

[Videoclip]
13:30

Shaping the research landscape

15:30

Wrap up

Further Information:

Academic Round Table Invitation [.pdf]

http://www.raising-attention.org/
info@raising-attention.org

 
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


Agenda
17:00Begrüßung und Eröffnung
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha,
Institut für Pervasive Computing, JKU Linz
[Videoclip]
17:15Impulsvorträge

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

[Videoclip]

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

[Videoclip]

Attending while Driving
Thomas Stottan,
CEO, AUDIO MOBIL

[Videoclip]

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

[Videoclip]
18:30Podiumsdiskussion

Dr. Rudolf Klausnitzer,
Journalist, Kultur- und Medienmanager

[Videoclip]

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

[Videoclip]

Gerfried Stocker,
Künstlerischer Leiter, AEC Linz

[Videoclip]

Diskussionsleiter:
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alois Ferscha

19:15Networking

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


 Rückfragen bitte an info@raising-attention.org.

Weitere Informationen:

Raising Attention Invitation [pdf]

http://www.raising-attention.org/
info@raising-attention.org

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

 
Research
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High resolution, internet enabled, interactive display systems have become broadly deployed in public places, mostly for location specific announcement and commercial advertisement... more ...
The objective of this project is the research and development of crowd safety solutions in the domain of (urban) mass events. It was found that many crowd disaster - such as the 2012... more ...
This industrial research project with RECTICEL Schlafkomfort GmbH -Schlaraffia addresses the problem of getting the right sleeping product according to the body shape. more ...
Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems. The FOCAS project is a coordination action which aims to integrate, coordinate and help increase visibility to research carried out in the... more ...
The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis-Relief System: Unleashing the Power of Information for a Sustainable Future. The FuturICT flagship proposal intends to unify hundreds of the... more ...
Self-Aware Pervasive Service Ecosystems. The objective of SAPERE is the development of a highly-innovative theoretical and practical framework for the decentralized deployment and execution... more ...
Human Computer Confluence Research in Action. HCC, Human-Computer Confluence, is an ambitious research program studying how the emerging symbiotic relation between humans and computing... more ...
Pervasive Adaptation Network for the Organisation of the Research Agenda and the Management of Activities. The goal of PANORAMA is to bring together the wide range of researchers in the... more ...
Activity and Context Recognition with Opportunistic Sensor Configurations. The project aims at developing mobile systems to recognize human activity with dynamically varying sensor setups. more ...
Complex Socio-Technical System in Ambient Intelligence. There are a number of projects that acknowledge the tight entanglement between social and technical systems. more ...
Pervasive Display Systems. The objective is the development of a highly-innovative framework for the networked, decentralized operation of heterogeneous, long-lived and adaptive DISPLAY... more ...
Implicit activity-based energy management. The PowerSaver research project proposes a power management solution based on sensors for activity and context recognition, in order to avoid... more ...
IT for Implicit Interaction based Energy Management. This project will investigate on potentials to reduce energy inefficiency by the development of methods and solutions based on implicit... more ...
Jobs & Careers
Für das kommende Semester (1.Oktober 2014 – 31.Jänner 2015) suchen wir studentische MitarbeiterInnen ohne Diplom (TutorInnen) für folgende Lehrveranstaltungen: UE Algorithmen und... more ...
Am Institut für Pervasive Computing der Technisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz gelangt die Stelle einer Universitätsassistentin bzw. more ...
News and Press
Prof. Alois Ferscha vom Institut Pervasive Computing der Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU) Linz leitet seit 2006 das Research Studio „Pervasive Computing Applications“ (PCA) mit dem... more ...
Am 2. Juli 2014 fand erstmals der „IT SUMMIT“ mit 130 Teilnehmer/innen im Power Tower der Energie AG in Linz statt. Mit der Jahrestagung setzte der oberösterreichische IT-Cluster (ITC) auch... more ...
Am 2. Juli veranstaltet der oberösterreichische IT-Cluster (ITC) in Linz erstmals ein Jahresevent, den IT SUMMIT. Damit will der ITC auch aIs VeranstaIter ein deutliches Signal setzen:... more ...
Philipp Wintersberger, JKU-Student entwickelt im Rahmen seiner Masterarbeit am Institut für Pervasive Computing unter der Betreuung von Priv.-Doz. Dr. more ...
JKU-Professor Alois Ferscha entwickelt intelligente und unauffällige Lösungen für den Alltag. "Wir entwerfen die Prototypen. Sobald etwas funktioniert, ist die wissenschaftliche Arbeit... more ...
IMAGINE ist eine neue Konferenzserie zum Thema Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) der Zukunft. Sie findet jährlich statt und startet 2014. more ...
Current Issues
foto: apa Heinz Zemanek (1 January 1920 - 16 July 2014) was an Austrian computer pioneer who in 1955 developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent. more ...
 
Conferences
08. Sep 2014 - 12. Sep 2014, London, UK more ...
13. Sep 2014 - 17. Sep 2014, Seattle, WA, US more ...