Ubiquitous Computing : Think Tank Emerging Technologies, Meeting 23

Hi, Everyone,

This week in ThinkTank, I wanted to take a closer look at the concept and applications for ubiquitous computing. From the wikipedia entry:

“Ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) is an advanced computing concept where computing is made to appear everywhere and anywhere. In contrast to desktop computing, ubiquitous computing can occur using any device, in any location, and in any format.”


The “any device, any location, and any format” components are potentially interesting for university services and programs and I’d like to see where our discussion goes from there. We’ll be watching an excerpt from the Hossein Rahnama talk below to get us started. If you have time, feel free to browse the other resources below.

See all tomorrow in CR1 at 10am.


TEDxRyersonU – Hossein Rahnama – Ubiquitous Systems: Evolution of Context Aware Computing Hossein Rahnama – Research Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Group at Ryerson University http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxRyersonU-Hossein-Rahnama-Ub

“Why a New Golden Age for UI Design Is Around the Corner” – Wired Design | Wired.com http://www.wired.com/design/2013/08/design-and-the-digital-world/

2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013) http://www.ubicomp.org/ubicomp2013/

Ubiquitous Computing Lab at the University of Washington http://ubicomplab.cs.washington.edu/wiki/Main_Page

Google Now http://www.google.com/landing/now/

Questions for the discussion:

  1. How could the library support ubiquitous computing at MSU?
  2. What are the implications of the “ubiquitous computing” and “everyware” model for how library research might be conducted?

Thoughts from the discussion:

Location-based information is standing in for context-aware

Killer device and platform in 2013 = smartphone

Smart refridgerator = “Do you need that 3rd serving of dairy?”
Hal2000 model?

How to move past the “creepiness” factor of a smart device that is recommending something?
– Building trust in the entities that provide this type of service

Project idea(s):
Research liaison support network -> who should I talk to?
– PeopleDB
– foaf
How to get people to describe themselves?
How to create a profile that is nuanced enough?
How to create a profile that accomodates interdisciplinarity?
How to help undecided students?

Real-time updates in stacks

Similar people in the library – who else is in the building with the same assignment -> “A LibraryNow” app

Mapping services and classes to physical places (when in vicinity of university building)

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