Informatik 2001: Workshop Pervasive Computing

in the frame of Informatik 2001

Network Economy: GI-OCG Jahrestagung



Vienna, Austria.

26 - 28 Sept. 2001




Facing the phenomenal growth in mobile computing devices, embedded systems and software, realtime interaction and wireless networking as the key enablers for an advanced information technology, it is important to develop a whole new views on how organisational structures, human relationship, responsibility and trust, work and lifestile can be redefined and manifested, as time, geographic, media and mobility boundaries are becoming less and less important. We can hypothesize that the individual utility of mobile communication, wireless appliances and the respective mobile services - pervasive technologies in general - will be exploited through a digital environment that is


(i) aware of their presence
(ii) sensitive, adaptive and responsive to their needs, habits and emotions
(iii) and ubiquitously accessible via natural interaction.


The workshop solicits papers dealing with the following pervasive computing elements: (i) ubiquity, (ii) awareness, (iii) intelligence, and (iv) natural interaction. Ubiquity refers to a situation in which we are surrounded by a multitude of interconnected embedded systems, which are (mostly) invisible and moved into the background of our surrounding (workplace, building, home, outdoor). Awareness refers to the ability of the system to recognise and localise objects as well as people and their intentions. Intelligence refers to the fact that the digital surrounding is able to adapt itself to the people that live in it, learn from their behaviour, and possibly recognise as well as show emotion. Natural interaction finally refers to advanced modalities like natural speech- and gesture recognition, as well as speech-synthesis, which will allow a much more human-like communication with the digital environment than is possible today.


Informatik 2001 integrates the annual conferences of the "Gesellschaft für Informatik" and the "Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft" as an aggregate of the largest German speaking Computer Science interest group. The focus of Informatik 2001 is towards the most topical and innovative research and development results and trends related to the Network Economy. Within Informatik 2001, the workshop on Pervasive Computing covers focused research work related to the topical themes also referred to Ubiquitous Computing, Pervasive Computing, Global Computing, Invisible Computing, Everyday Computing, Ambient Intelligence, etc. The conference features prominent invited speakers as well as papers by top researchers in the field. Informatik 2001 will include contributed technical papers, invited papers, and panel discussions.


Technical papers (maximum 15 pages) describing original, previously unpublished, completed research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, are solicited on the following topics:

  • Mobile/wireless computing systems and services
  • Pervasive computing architectures
  • Wearable computing
  • Smart devices and smart spaces
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Positioning and tracking technologies
  • Identification and authentication technologies
  • Integration of wired and wireless networks
  • Wireless/mobile service management and delivery
  • Ad-hoc networking protocols and service discovery
  • Personal area networks
  • Operating systems for pervasive computing platforms
  • Software Coordination Models
  • Location-dependent/personalized applications
  • Context based and implicit computing
  • Speech processing / advanced computer vision
  • User Interfaces and Interaction Models
  • Security and privacy issues for mobile/wireless systems

All papers will be refereed by the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers of particular merit will be proposed for publication in archival journals.


Papers should be written in English and should not exceed 15 pages. Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors are encouraged to submit papers in electronic form, postscript or Microsoft Word 6.0 (or higher) only. The procedure for submission will be provided on the conference webpage. Questions from authors may be directed to Prof. Alois Ferscha ( Hardcopy papers also may be submitted, in which case four copies are required. Each submission, electronic or paper, must be accompanied by the following information: a short abstract, a complete list of authors and their affiliations, a contact person for correspondence, postal and e-mail addresses.


  • 31 May 2001: Electronic Paper Submission
  • 31 May 2001: Copy Paper Submission (received!)
  • 20 June 2001: Acceptance/Rejection Notification
  • 20 July 2001: Camera ready copy due
  • 26-28 Sept 2001: Workshop in Vienna




Univ. Prof. Dr. Alois Ferscha
Department of Computer Science
Johannes Kepler University of Linz
Altenbergerstraße 69
A-4040 Linz, Austria

Tel.: +43 732 2468 - 8555
Fax: +43 732 2468 - 8426
http: //


Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedemann Mattern, ETH Zürich
Department of Computer Science
ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology)
Haldeneggsteig 4, IFW D 49.2
CH-8092 Zurich
Tel: +41 1 632 05 36
Fax: +41 1 632 16 59

Univ. Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
Technical University of Darmstadt
TU Darmstadt - FB 20
FG Telekooperation
Alexanderstrasse 6
D-64283 Darmstadt
Tel: +49 (6151) 16-3709
Fax: +49 (6151) 16-3052
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