Ubiquitous Personal Computing
Ubiquitous Personal Computing

UBIQUITOUS PERSONAL COMPUTING –
HUMANS IN FOCUS

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The Area of "Ubiquitous Personal Computing" develops technologies which provide flexible support for work, learning and creative thinking. We design innovative interaction concepts that take under consideration requirements of complex work environments and technological potential of ubiquitous personal technologies.

Our goal is to support working and learning of professionals with ICT. Ubiquitous personal computing devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart watches, etc., are key gateways to the world of digital information and to communication. Ubiquitous personal computing technologies stand in the center of our interaction concepts, because they enable working and learning in times and places where this was previously impossible. We are interested in exploring: What has changed due to affordances of these ubiquitous personal technologies? How do interaction concepts need to be re-though? Of course we are aware, that ubiquitous technologies pose challenges with respect to privacy and constant availability of professionals.

Methods and Applications

Stakeholder-Oriented Interaction Design – We ensure that the developed ICT meets the real needs of professionals and their organizations.

ICT Evaluation in Organizations – We evaluate the impact of ICT on individual and organizational work processes.

Computer-supported (cooperative) working and learning – Within all of our projects, we aim to use ICT to assist in  working and learning. In modern work environments that often involve complex work and processes, working and learning are inherently intertwined.

Ubiquitous Sensing and Self-Tracking – Automatically (sensing) and manually (self-tracking) logged data assists working and learning as a basis for reflective learning and an input for personalized and contextualized information systems.

Ubiquitous Personal Computing Application Development – We are experts in ubiquitous personal computing technologies, and we develop applications specifically for iOS and Android and platform-independent when possible.

 

PERFORMER SUPPORT

We carry out projects that aim at extending people’s ability to excel at their work by encouraging and supporting learning and creative thinking via applications and services in ubiquitous personal computing environments.
It is our goal to assist the performer both directly with complex work tasks (performer support in action) and with the follow-up (performer support after action). Performer support in action is generally a mixture of traditional e-learning (e.g., a digital manual), user-adaptation (e.g., adjusting the level of detail in the manual), context-awareness (e.g., blocking an incoming call if the user’s cognitive load reaches a critical threshold) and creativity support (e.g., prompting the user of similar problems that have known solutions). Performer support after action typically means systematically promoting individual and organizational development (learning), for example, by encouraging users to reflect upon their work steps and document the lessons learned. Supporting creative thinking plays a key role at both stages. Creative thinking helps to find novel solutions during a complex work task and plan changes to the existing working processes via one mental process.

Projects

  • COMET Projects

    Together with our COMET partners, we have developed mobile mind mapping support (MeisterLabs), support for ubiquitous access to information (Hyperwave, net-Files), support for creativity (Neurovation) and adaptive performer support that guides through processes and connects people with other people and with digital resources (AVL).

  • MIRROR – Learning from Experience (FP7 IP)

    Organizations improve when employees and teams can learn from experience and when everyday work experiences affect business processes. Within the framework of the MIRROR project, we developed the prototypes for KnowSelf (a desktop-based activity-logging tool), moodmap app (a web-based collaborative self-tracking app of moods) and a medical quiz and examined their effect on working processes.

  • DALIA – Independent Living for Seniors (AAL JP)

    As a society we become older and wish to preserve independence and self-determination even at advanced age. Uncomplicated communication in an emergency is often an issue. To that end, we are designing user-friendly mobile interfaces and developing more precise fall detection algorithms for smart phones based on accelerometer and sound sensors.

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