2nd International UBI Summer School 2011: Workshops

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A: Open Pervasive Display Networks

Instructor: Dr. Adrian Friday, University of Lancaster, UK
Open Pervasive Display Networks have the potential to provide a radically new communications infrastructure for communities on a global scale. In this workshop participants will help create a new class of applications that use public displays to enable serendipitous social encounters between members of the public. Examples of such applications include punch-through video-portals between people triggered by a shared context - providing the opportunity for serendipitous social connection that is unexpected yet mediated. These digitally enabled chance encounters, provided in the context of real world environments, offer new possibilities for interaction that are not limited to the local vicinity. The aim of this workshop is to explore a range of scenarios for social interaction mediated by situated displays. This will be a hands on workshop in which we jointly explore proposals from the literature and from deployed systems in order to develop a set of scenarios as candidates for prototyping. Participants at the workshop will develop running prototypes for the Ubiquitous Oulu infrastructure. Students will gain knowledge and experience of networked public display concepts and software architectures, ideation and critique of research concepts and ideas, developing their ideas from concept through to implementation, agile development methods, group/team work. The workshop is applicable to a wide range of students with an interest in Ubicomp systems architecture, HCI, user engagement, installation and deployment. Some experience of programming using web interfaces, e.g. HTTP/AJAX/JavaScript/Python is advantageous but not essential. Access to a laptop during the workshop is desirable. A passion for creating new and inspiring systems and working with others essential.

D: Embedded Web Services

Instructor: Chief Nerd Zach Shelby, Sensinode Ltd., Finland
Internet Protocol technology is quickly becoming critical for low-power wireless sensor network applications e.g. for the smart grid, building automation and logistics. At the same time Web Services have become an integral part of almost all enterprise systems. New Embedded Web Service technology is enabling us to apply Web Services to constrained networks and devices, moving us closer to the Web of Things. In this workshop Zach Shelby gives a hands-on introduction to the exciting new area of Embedded Web Services and the new IETF Constrained RESTful Environment standard, the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP). During the workshop students will learn and try the basics of web services, the CoRE architecture, along with CoAP and related application protocols, and will design and prototype their own applications using the latest technology. Prospective students should have basic knowledge of Internet protocols, particularly HTTP, XML and web services, and C and Java programming. Programming exercises will be done with a personal laptop running Linux or with a desktop PC in a computer room.

E: Social and Cultural Aspects of New Media

Instructor: Professor Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
The aim of this workshop is to analyse some social and cultural aspects of the new media use. Therefore users' behaviour and attitudes will be the object of our analysis on a theoretical and empirical level. In the first day we will focus our attention especially on two categories: space/time and gender. In the second day we will deal with new media use in contexts: places, situations, ubiquity. In the third day we will investigate some meanings attributed to the new media by analysing three levels: myths, symbols, and metaphors. In the fourth day we will analyse some issues relate to practices: public/privacy, the role of the body and emotion. In the last day we will focus on some main social processes relate to the diffusion and use of the new media: dematerialization, globalization, self-exploitement, empowerment, immaterial labour.