1st International UBI Summer School 2010: Instructors
Anind K. Dey is an Associate Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, machine learning and ubiquitous computing. He has spent the last decade developing techniques for building context-aware applications, and for improving the usability of such applications. Anind is the author of over 100 articles in the area of ubiquitous computing, has served as the Program Chair for several conferences on ubiquitous computing and serves on the editorial board for IEEE Pervasive Computing and the Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal. Before joining Carnegie Mellon University, Anind was a Senior Researcher at Intel Research Berkeley and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California-Berkeley. He holds a PhD and a Masters degree in Computer Science, as well as a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from Simon Fraser University.
Marcus Foth is Associate Professor and a Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation. He founded and leads the Urban Informatics Research Group at QUT. He received a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship (2009-2011), and a Smart Futures Fellowship from the Queensland State Government (2009-2011), co-sponsored by National ICT Australia (NICTA). He was an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2008), and a Visiting Fellow (2007) at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK. Dr Foth's research explores human-computer interaction design and development at the intersection of people, place and technology with a focus on urban informatics, locative media and mobile applications. Dr Foth has published over sixty articles in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings in the last five years. He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (2009). He is the conference chair of OZCHI 2009 (Melbourne) and the 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies 2011 (Brisbane).
Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, co-chair of workshop B (Urban Informatics and Sustainable Cities), is an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts. In her recently completed doctoral research, she developed a new conceptual approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities as ubiquitous technosocial networks. Her current research explores designing and developing playful ubiquitous technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture in urban environments. She has collaborated with leading international researchers and published in books and journals across various disciplines. Her website is at www.nicemustard.com
Patrick Hofmann, Google Australia, is also co-chairing workshop B (Urban Informatics and Sustainable Cities).
From his start as a technical writer and illustrator in 1993 to travelling the world as a visual information specialist, Patrick Hofmann has been labelled the ‘man of few words’. This vibrant Canadian has helped clients like Nokia, HP, Philips, Motorola, FedEx, Logitech, NetGear, BASF, and AGFA overcome the usability challenges associated with internationalisation and localisation -- usually by eliminating the text in their online, printed, and interface information. Patrick has also lectured and helped develop programmes in Information Design at CPIT (New Zealand), University of Waterloo (Canada), and Université de Rennes (France). Along with an extensive background in both international usability research and iconography, Patrick’s award-winning work and passion for visualisation have now landed him at Google in Sydney, Australia, where he works as a User Experience Designer on Google Maps.
Vassilis Kostakos is an Assistant Professor in the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute at the University of Madeira, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath. He was a member of the Cityware project, and worked closely with the Space Syntax group at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and HP Research Labs. His research has been reported by popular media such as the BBC and New Scientist, and he regularly consults on social networking systems. His current projects address security and privacy for the web and situated services, novel sensing techniques for urban transport, sustainability, and modeling of city-scale mobility. His interests include: mobile and pervasive computing, human-computer interaction, social networks, security and privacy, modeling and simulation, epidemics, wireless technologies, and space syntax.
Jürgen Scheible is a researcher, musician and media artist. He is a doctoral student at the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki where he runs the Mobile Hub, a prototype development resource for mobile applications with a strong focus on artistic approaches and creative design. His research focuses on designing multimodal user interfaces for creating and sharing interactive artistic experiences. He has previously worked for 8 years at Nokia and in 2006 he was as a visiting scientist at MIT. He is the recipient of the Best Arts Paper Award in ACM Multimedia 2005 in Singapore, and ACM Computers in Entertainment Scholarship Award in 2006. In 2006, 2007 and 2009 Jürgen was recognized as a Forum Nokia Champion for his driving vision to be a bridge builder between art, engineering and research. Reuters and Sky have featured his latest creation, the MobiSpray Art tool. He is the author of the book 'Mobile Python - Rapid prototyping of Applications on the Mobile Platform' (Wiley, 2007). He has been giving innovation workshops on rapid mobile application prototyping in academic and professional settings e.g. at Stanford University, MIT, NTU Taiwan, Yahoo Research Berkeley and Nokia.
Zach Shelby is co-founder and Head of Research at Sensinode Ltd. where he leads low-power wireless IP networking reseach, 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 participant in the IETF, with activites in the 6LoWPAN and ROLL working groups, ETSI standardization on M2M, and in several top EU research programs. Research activities include 6LoWPAN networking architectures for enterprise applications, low-power application protocols, embedded web services and Contiki. Zach is known is a pioneer in the use of IP technology in low-power networks with NanoIP, 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.
Mikael Wiberg, PhD, is an associate professor at the department of Informatics at Umeå university in Sweden. From this position he work teaches, supervises PhD students, and leads and conducts interaction research in several of his research projects in collaboration with industry partners including e.g. Google, Ericsson, Philips and ICEHOTEL. At the department of Informatics Wiberg is also program director for the Masters programme in Human Computer Interaction. Wiberg is also the Research Director at UID - Umeå Institute of Design (swe: “Designhögskolan”) at Umeå University and responsible for the Design Research Lab at UID. Wiberg has served as the main supervisor for several PhD students, and in his own research, mostly focused on mobile interaction, the emerging interaction society, interaction design and interactive architecture, he has published his work in a number of international journals, including ToCHI, BIT, IEEE Network, etc. and he has also published his work in books (including his role as editor for the book “The Interaction Society”, and author of the forthcoming book “Interactive Textures for Architecture and Landscaping: Digital elements and technologies”). He has also published his work in encyclopedias, as book chapters, and in international conference proceedings with peer review systems. Wiberg has served as chair, reviewer, organizer, associate editor, and session chair for a number of international conferences (e.g. full paper session chair at CHI´04). Last year, 3-5 Dec ´08 Wiberg served as general conference chair for MUM´08 – 7th international conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia in cooperation with ACM SigMobile (this year, MUM´09 is organized by Microsoft research, Nokia research and University of Cambridge, UK). Currently Wiberg is also associate editor for ISJ - Information Systems Journal.