9.5.2012

Already the fourth in the series of Open Ubiquitous City Seminars will be held on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 9:00-13:00 at the Main City Library, Pakkala Hall, Kaarlenväylä 3, Oulu, Finland.

The seminar features distinguished international experts addressing various themes in ubiquitous computing and urban informatics. It also provides an update of the Open Ubiquitous Oulu.


2.3.2012

Call for students: 3rd International UBI Summer School 2012 in Oulu, Finland, on May 28 - June 2, 2012

http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/UBI-summer-school-2012

Phase #2 application is now open: any remaining seats are handed out on first come, first served basis.
Please check out the summer school website for up-to-date information on the remaining seats.

Registration fee: 150 EUR (no accommodation) / 250 EUR (including accommodation for 8 nights).

The 3rd International UBI Summer School 2012 will be held in Oulu, Finland, on May 28 - June 2, 2012. The summer school provides young researchers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of ubiquitous computing and urban informatics under the tutelage of distinguished experts. The summer school is targeted primarily to doctoral students, but M.Sc. students and postdocs are also welcome to attend. The 2012 UBI Summer School builds on the legacy of the two previous highly successful UBI summer schools held in Oulu in 2010 and 2011.

The 2012 UBI Summer School comprises of four parallel workshops:
A: Information Visualisation for UbiComp Data by Professor Aaron Quigley, University of St. Andrews, Scotland;
B: Supporting Community Through Interactive Public Displays by Dr. Keith Cheverst, Lancaster University, UK;
C: Civic Technology: Mobility, Democracy and Civic Engagement by Professor Eric Gordon, Emerson College, USA;
D: Urban Sensoria: Human-Centered Computing in Practice by Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes, Yahoo! Research.

Students are enrolled to each workshop in two phases:

CLOSED [Phase #1: Open international call with application deadline on Feb 29, 2012. Applicants will be notified by Mar 12, 2012. Accepted students have to confirm their enrollment via registration by Mar 30, 2012, including the payment of the registration fee.]


22.2.2012

Would you like to tell a story or send a message using light? During February (5-29 Feb 2012), the LED stripes of the Pakkahuoneenkatu street lights in the city centre of Oulu are telling the stories, messages or greetings of city inhabitants in the form of LightStories. Anyone can book a time slot of one hour to design their own lighting scheme.

Each participant can create their LightStory with an easy-to-use web interface (http://www.valotarina.fi/en), where they can book a suitable time for their story and create a lighting design by choosing the colours displayed, as well as how and at which tempo they change. Additionally, users write a story, a message or a greeting, which relates to their lighting design. These stories are visible on the LightStories website and on the public UBI touchscreens in the city centre of Oulu. Real-time video of the street is also displayed to illustrate the current story for the website users. LightStories will illuminate the street for the whole of February during the dark hours of the day. For more information, please visit http://www.valotarina.fi/en.


20.1.2012

Click here to browse to the summer school website

Application deadline: Feb 29, 2012.
Notification of acceptance: Mar 12, 2012.
Registration fee: 150 EUR (no accommodation) / 250 EUR (including accommodation for 8 nights).

The 3rd International UBI Summer School 2012 will be held in Oulu, Finland, on May 28 - June 2, 2012. The summer school provides young researchers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of ubiquitous computing and urban informatics under the tutelage of distinguished experts. The summer school is targeted primarily to doctoral students, but M.Sc. students and postdocs are also welcome to attend. The 2012 UBI Summer School builds on the legacy of the two previous highly successful UBI summer schools held in Oulu in 2010 and 2011.

The 2012 UBI Summer School comprises of four parallel workshops:
A: Information Visulisation for UbiComp Data by Professor Aaron Quigley, University of St. Andrews, Scotland;
B: Supporting Community Through Interactive Public Displays by Dr. Keith Cheverst, Lancaster University, UK;
C: Civic Technology: Mobility, Democracy and Civic Engagement by Professor Eric Gordon, Emerson College, USA;
D: Urban Sensoria: Human-Centered Computing in Practice by Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes, Yahoo! Research.

Up to 16 students are enrolled to each workshop in two phases:

Phase #1: Open international call with application deadline on Feb 29, 2012. Applicants will be notified by Mar 12, 2012. Accepted students have to confirm their enrollment via registration by Mar 30, 2012, including the payment of the registration fee.


16.12.2011

A team of six researchers, Nemanja Memarovic, Ivan Elhart, Thomas Selber, Matteo Bellan, Andrea Michelotti and Marc Langheinrich, from the Faculty of Informatics in the University of Lugano, Switzerland, has won the 1st International Open Ubiquitous City Challenge 2010-2011 (“UBI Challenge” for short) with their FunSquare service.

CLIO from Greece finished second, Digifieds from Germany and Switzerland third, and RunWithUs from Spain fourth. The awards were presented in MUM 2011, the 10th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, held in Beijing, China, on Dec 7-9, 2011.


29.6.2011

The services of the four finalists of the first international UBI Challenge will be deployed on the unique UBI-hotspots in the heart of the City of Oulu on July 7, 2011. The services will be available free of charge to the general public till December 2011. The organizers of the UBI Challenge and representatives of the finalists will introduce the new services at the UBI-hotspot in the main library of Oulu (street address Kaarlenväylä 3) on July 7, 2011, at 1pm.


1.4.2011

Emotion, Displays and Urban Computing

The 3rd Open Ubiquitous City Seminar is organized in Oulu City Library’s Pakkala Hall on Monday 23 May 2011 at 9.00-13.00. Seminar features distinguished international experts addressing e.g. cultural and technical aspects of the urban computing.

Professor Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy, is Professor of Sociology of Communication. She aims to advance the international cross-disciplinary communication studies. She has co-edited the publication The Mediation of Emotion via Information and Communication Technologies and co-authored the book Mediating the Human Body. Technology, Communication and Fashion. She has conducted research in the field of gender studies, cultural processes and communication and information technologies.

Dr. Adrian Friday, Lancaster University, UK, develops systems to support Mobile and Ubiquitous computing. A key focus of his work is deployment with end-users. One of his goals 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.

Chief Nerd Zach Shelby, Sensinode Ltd., Finland, known as 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".

Professor Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland, is professor of computer engineering and director of the MediaTeam Oulu research group. He is the responsible director of the UrBan Interactions (UBI) program, which aims at building a functional prototype of future ubiquitous city in Oulu. Timo Ojala introduces the 3rd version of the Open Ubiquitous Oulu in the seminar.


8.2.2011

Click here to browse to summer school website!

Application deadline: March 15, 2011.

The 2nd International UBI Summer School 2011 will be held in Oulu, Finland on May 23-28, 2011. The purpose of the summer school is to provide young researchers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of ubiquitous and urban computing under the tutelage of distinguished experts. The summer school builds on the highly successful legacy of the 1st International UBI Summer School 2010 held in Oulu on May 31 - June 4, 2010. It comprised of six parallel workshops and enrolled 72 students from 20 countries.

The summer school comprises of five parallel workshops:
A: Open Pervasive Display Networks by Dr. Adrian Friday, Lancaster University, UK
B: Urban Mobility Analysis by Prof. Vassilis Kostakos, University of Madeira, Portugal
C: Personal Projectors for Pervasive Computing by Prof. Enrico Rukzio, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
D: Embedded Web Services by Chief Nerd Zach Shelby, Sensinode Ltd., Finland
E: Social and Cultural Aspects of New Media by Prof. Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy

The primary target group of the summer school are doctoral (postgraduate) students. However, postdoctoral researchers and advanced undergraduate students are also eligible to apply. Up to 16 students will be enrolled to each workshop in two phases:
1. Open international call with application deadline on March 15, 2011. Each prospective student has to submit the application form available at the summer school website. Selected students will be notified by March 22, 2011, and they have to confirm their enrollment via registration by March 31, 2011 (including payment of registration fee).
2. Filling of any remaining seats via registration on "first come first served" basis after March 31, 2011.


16.9.2010

MediaTeam Oulu Research Group has released UbiLife Middleware Components and
Pilot Applications. The Middleware and Pilot Applications have been tested
in the real life settings with real end users in the UBI Pilot 2009.