UBIQUITOUS PERSONAL COMPUTING – HUMANS IN FOCUS
mail Viktoria Pammer-Schindler Area Head
mail Hermann Stern Deputy Area Head
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.
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.