3rd Open Ubiquitous City Seminar

May 23, 2011

Oulu, Finland

The seminar features many distinguished international experts addressing various cultural and technical aspects of the urban computing. The seminar also introduces the 3rd version of the Open Ubiquitous Oulu. The seminar is capped by a Q&A session with the speaker panel.

Location: City Library, Kaarlenväylä 3, Pakkala Hall

Time: 9:00-13:00


9:00 Opening words
9:10 Social and Cultural Aspects of New Media by Professor Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
9:40 Exploring Embodied Mediated Performative Interactions in Urban Space by Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, University College London, UK
10:10 Open Pervasive Display Networks by Dr. Adrian Friday, Lancaster University, UK
10:40 Embedded Web Services by Chief Nerd Zach Shelby, Sensinode Ltd., Finland
11:10 Open Ubiquitous Oulu version 3 by Professor Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland
11:50 Kihinä Swarm meets UBI by Visual artist Antti Tenetz
12:00 Q&A session with speaker panel
12:55 Closing words


The seminar is free of charge and open to the general public. All participants should register for the sake of practical arrangements (limited seating capacity).

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Speaker bios

Leopoldina Fortunati is Professor of Sociology of Communication at the Faculty of Education of the University of Udine. She has conducted several research in the field of gender studies, cultural processes and communication and information technologies. She is the author of many books and is the editor with J. Katz and R. Riccini of Mediating the Human Body. Technology, Communication and Fashion (2003), with P. Law and S. Yang of New Technologies in Global Societies (2006) and with Jane Vincent of Electronic Emotion. The Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies (2009). She is very active at European level especially in COST networks and is the Italian representative in the COST Domain Committee (ISCH, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health). She is associate editor of the journal The Information Society and serves as referee for many outstanding journals. She is the co-chair with Richard Ling of the International Association "The Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication" (SSSMC) which intends to facilitate the international advancement of cross-disciplinary mobile communication studies. Her works have been published in eleven languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish.

Ava Fatah gen. Schieck is a registered architect, and Lecturer in Digital Interaction on the MSc Adaptive Architecture and Computation ( the Bartlett Space Research Group), at University College London. Her research spans augmented reality, mixed reality, and pervasive computing. She is interested in particular in the use of location-based and responsive computing within the urban context (Cityware: Urban Design and ubiquitous Computing). Ava's research focuses on exploring critical design issues related to implementation of large public screens in urban space. She was the UCL lead academic of the research and knowledge exchange project 'SCREAM'. The project outcome contributed significantly to the development of the first 'Joint guidance on large digital screens in public spaces' published by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), UK. Ava is the Principle Investigator of 'Connected Urban Screens' a research in the wild project with the aim is to explore the potential of networked urban screens for communities and culture. She has lectured and published extensively on urban space and its transformation and acquisition through new media. Her contribution to the field was published in the Urban Screens Reader; the first book to offer an anthology of extracts from key texts that provides a rich resource and focuses entirely on the topic of urban screens and media facades related to the theme of Urban Screens.

Adrian Friday is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and an active researcher with over 15 years experience in developing systems to support Mobile and Ubiquitous computing. A key focus of his work is deployment with end-users, including creating a test-bed of 30 situated public displays on campus (eCampus), which has led to over £465K and €1.4m of new grants, produced two patents (US and UK) and 2 invention disclosures. Adrian is a co-investigator in PD-NET an EU FET project whose goal is to establish Europe as the international centre for work on pervasive display networks: through the design, development and evaluation of a robust, scalable, distributed and open platform for interconnecting displays and their sensors; and exploring tensions between privacy and personalisation, situated displays and user interaction, business and legislative requirements. Adrian is widely published and cited in the international research community: with over 95 peer-reviewed articles; his 5 highest cited publications attract over 1,500 citations (Google Scholar). Adrian has been recognised in leading roles in the community, including TPC chair of the most highly respected Ubicomp conferences, Ubicomp 2006 and Pervasive 2009.

Zach Shelby is co-founder of Sensinode Ltd. where he leads research, standardization and IPR activities for the company. Earlier he has also served as Managing Director and CTO for Sensinode. Before starting Sensinode, he led wireless networking research at the Centre for Wireless Communications and at the Technical Research Center of Finland. He is an active contributor in the IETF, with activities in the 6LoWPAN, ROLL and CoRE working groups, ETSI standardization on M2M, and in several top EU research programs. Research activities include 6LoWPAN networking architectures for enterprise applications, low-power protocols and embedded web services. Zach is known is a pioneer in the use of IP technology in low-power networks with NanoIP, 6LoWPAN, early BT Ultra-Low Power (ULP) and low-rate Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology development. Zach is co-author of the book "6LoWPAN: The Wireless Embedded Internet". His results include a large portfolio of courses, publications, public talks, broad research cooperation, and key patents. The mission is clear - making the Wireless Embedded Internet a reality.

Timo Ojala is a Professor of Computer Engineering and the Director of the MediaTeam Oulu research group in the University of Oulu. His research has spanned from computer vision to context-aware mobile multimedia, distributed systems and wireless networking, with current focus on empirical ubiquitous computing research in real world urban settings. He has authored over 100 international scientific publications, including the most cited ICT related paper in Finland since 2002. He is the chair of the steering committee of the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) and served as the General Chair of MUM 2007. He is the responsible director of the UrBan Interactions (UBI) research program, which is building a functional prototype of future open ubiquitous city in Oulu.

Antti Tenetz is a visual artist. His works are at the crossroads of media - bio and urban arts, Sci/Art, nature, documentary and interactive spaces. Tenetz has contributed exhibition designs, multimedia and documentaries to science and art exhibitions ranging in subject from arctic reindeer herders to interactive cityscapes. He is also actively participating as VJ in urban arts events. The work he is doing about the wild nature human and non-human relations goes far beyond all the usual clichés and the "green-hype" movement. His works have exhibited widely including Tromsø Kunstforening 2010, Murmansk Art Museum 2010, Scinece Gallery, Ireland, Dublin 2009(with the Grafting Parlour), Thessaloniki Contemporary art museum of Greece 2009, and Academy of Fine Arts Katowice 2009 (e-mobilart program). Kihinä Swarm is a collection of short films ranging from abstract short glimpses of notions of city to short stories of individual important places. They are placed on the UBI-hotspots and web through a map, to present a collection of personal views - growing as a unique small interactive movie about Oulu. 

http://www.tenetz.com, http://www.kihina.fi