2nd International UBI Challenge 2013
Hosted by the University of Oulu, Finland
Current status: Following proposals have been invited to the final:
- Martians from Outer Space
- Real-Time Bidding Platform for Public Displays
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The 2nd International UBI Challenge 2013 invites the global R&D community to design, implement, deploy end evaluate novel applications and services in real-world setting at downtown Oulu, Finland.
Each finalist gets 2000 EUR grant and a full paper at MUM 2013.
The goal of the UBI Challenge is to:
Make the Open UBI Oulu testbed available to the international R&D community.
Stimulate global research collaboration on urban informatics in a very concrete manner.
Provide the international R&D community with an opportunity to transfer ideas from labs into real-world urban environment.
Support developing metrics for evaluating urban computing infrastructure and applications in real-world setting.
The 2nd International UBI Challenge 2013 builds on the legacy of the successful 1st International UBI Challenge 2011. There, proposals from four university research teams in Germany, Greece, Spain and Switzerland were selected as the finalists by the international jury. The four teams spent summer 2011 in Oulu, implementing, deploying and evaluating their applications in the hands of the general public. Eventually, the jury selected the FunSquare application contributed by Professor Marc Langheinrich's team in the University of Lugano as the winner. The award ceremony was held at the MUM 2011 conference in Beijing, China, in Dec 2011.
The setup of the 2nd UBI Challenge is somewhat different to that of the 1st UBI Challenge. This time the finalists are not required to spend 2-3 months in Oulu to deploy and evaluate their applications. Instead, in the spirit of the upcoming UBI RD (Remote Deployment) program we trial remote participation where the finalists submit their working applications for deployment and data collection by UBI researchers. Finalists are still encouraged to come to Oulu to participate in the field trial part in June-Aug 2013. Each finalist gets 2000 EUR grant from the UBI RIR (Researcher in Residence) programfor covering expenses such as travel to Oulu.
The computing infrastructure available in the 2nd UBI Challenge is much more versatile, including a very large interactive wall and an interactive table located in the entrance hall of the largest movie theatre in Oulu with ~1000 daily visitors, a 3D virtual model of downtown Oulu and traffic loop sensors around the city.
The award ceremony will be again organized as a UBI Challenge special session in the MUM conference to be held this year in Luleå, Sweden, on Dec 9-12, 2013. There the finalists present their full papers (subject to regular peer review by jury members) later archived in the ACM Digital Library and receive their award diplomas.
Additional information on the UBI Challenge:
- Website of the 1st International UBI Challenge 2011.
- Ojala T & Kostakos V (2011) UBI Challenge: Research coopetition on real-world urban computing. Proc. 10th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2011), Beijing, China, 205-208.
The award recipients of the 1st International UBI Challenge 2011 pose with their diplomas and prize cheques (from left): 1. FunSquare: Nemanja Memarovic and Ivan Elhart; 2. CLIO: Eleni Christopoulou and Dimitrios Ringas; 3. Digifieds: Florian Alt; 4. RunWithUs: Felipe Gil-Castineira; Timo Ojala (Chair of Jury). The awards were presented at MUM 2011, Beijing, China, on Dec 7, 2011.