Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dec 2007 Grant Success: CASL Scientific Computing Sensor Facility

A group of us in the UCD CASL were awarded €620,000 as part of a successful grant application under the 2007 SFI Equipment Call. This is a great success for CASL as the grant involved researchers from 4 different schools (Computer Science & Informatics, Mathematical Sciences, Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, and Geological Sciences). This equipment supports large-scale experiments with complex multimedia sensing and processing at terabyte scales.

UCD’s Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) is a collaborative research laboratory which leverages the unique mix of expertise at UCD in various fields. CASL puts computer scientists, information scientists, mathematicians, electronic engineers, geologists, biologists and financial academics in the same space to work on grand-challenge problems.

CASL brings together 25 nationally- and internationally-funded and recognised principle investigators (PIs) with over 150 graduate and post-doctoral researchers from the UCD Schools of Business, Computer Science and Informatics, Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and the UCD Conway Institute for Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. These are organised into overlapping thematic areas including informatics, sensor systems, computational biology, computational and data-intensive science, and mathematical finance.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dec 2007 Co-Chair Pervasive 2008 Late Breaking Results

Preliminary Call for Late Breaking Results Papers

Pervasive 2008
The Sixth International Conference
on Pervasive Computing
Sydney, Australia
May 19-22, 2008


Preliminary Call for Late Breaking Results Papers

Submission Deadline: 1st February 2008, 18:00 EST
Notification of acceptance: 15th March 2008
Camera-ready paper deadline: 29th March 2008

Within the category of Late Breaking Results, PERVASIVE 2008
provides researchers the opportunity to present their results in
three ways, as a poster, published paper and short "1 minute madness".
We welcome contributions on original and recent research findings,
early stage research, fundamental results, basic research contributions
and novel ideas in the area of pervasive computing technologies,
systems, and application.

Authors are invited to submit late breaking results papers to be peer
reviewed, which if accepted will be published in the Adjunct Proceedings
of PERVASIVE 2008 by the OCG. Authors of accepted late breaking
results papers will present a poster at a dedicated conference poster

All authors of late breaking results papers will be able to present an
overview of their paper/poster during the established "1-minute madness
session" prior to the poster session - a prime spot for showcasing new
and innovative ideas. This open forum stimulates discussion and facilitates
multiple avenues for you to disseminate your research and affords attendees
several ways to access your research.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Device, communication, and interaction technologies for pervasive
* Pervasive sensing, perception and inference for context
* Software infrastructure, middleware and frameworks for pervasive
computing systems and environments.
* Analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of pervasive
systems and applications.
* Deployment and management of pervasive systems and services and
emerging industrial scenarios.
* Pervasive computing interaction models, user interfaces and user
* Privacy, security, and trust in pervasive computing.

Contributions will be peer reviewed and, if accepted, will be published
as short papers in the Adjunct Proceedings of PERVASIVE 2008 with
the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) series and online.

Submission and Review Process
Submissions must be no longer than 4 pages in OCG Format. A sketch
outlining the planned poster presentation may be attached as an
additional page. Authors should submit electronic versions (in PDF
format) of their papers to EDAS. Once logged in select "Pervasive
2008 Late Breaking Results Papers" to submit your paper or use the
direct URL:

Late Breaking Results Co-Chairs
Aaron Quigley
University College Dublin, Ireland

Rene Mayrhofer
Lancaster University, UK

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dec 2007 Umer Rashid starts as IBM/IRCSET funded postgrad

Umer Rashid has joined me this week as a postgrad in the SRG. Umer has a Masters from the U-VR Lab, GIST, Gwangju, South Korea under the supervision of Wontack Woo. He comes to us with a number IEEE, LNCS and HCI publications. His Masters thesis is on Context-based Disclosure of Personal Information in Pervasive Healthcare Using an Ontology-based Context Model. Umer is based on the 3rd floor of the CASLso he can colaborate with with other Ubicomp SRG researchers.

Umer is getting an IRCSET scholarship under the Enterprise Partnership Scheme from IBM and will be working on Human-computer-interaction in ubiquitous computing environments. His initial focus is on the personalization of user interfaces, and privacy and information disclosure issues associated with interaction of wearable computing devices with context-aware services in ubiquitous computing environments. Initially with a focus on instrumented spaces for long term self and remote monitoring by/of elders, using off the shelf wearable monitoring devices. We expect he will be working closely with Tom Holland and a number of other ubiquitous computing researchers in the CASL we expect with IBM and Vincent's hospital in time.