TK3: Ubiquitous / Mobile Computing

Course Content

Invented over 10 years ago, 'Ubiquitous Computing' (UC) (or one of its synonyms) suddenly appears as a leitmotif in many research groups. Is the time right? Partly yes: UC is often based on mobile communication and is interlocked with mobile computing – both have made great progress. This is *one* of the two parts of the lecture. But partly the time is not yet right, and therefore in part 2 of the lecture many exciting new developments are shown, questions are asked and solutions are discussed.

Here are a few appetizers: The Internet is currently spilling over into the mobile phone; in the next wave of growth, it will seize the pico-networks (specialised computer-based office, household and communication devices work together), the production, traffic/logistics and sales-oriented devices (followed by the wave of 'pulverised' computers).

People and devices should cooperate in this world of ubiquitous computers. This is only possible if the computers step into the background in an unobtrusive and casual way. But: a new era of user-friendliness – how? Billions to billions of computers on the Internet? How can the 'clever' behaviour of the 'quiet in the background' systems be replaced by AI through the cooperation of many 'clever' individual systems? Mobility in the sense of self-organising ad-hoc networks instead of a 'fixed network extended by mobile end devices'? These and other questions will not only be asked in the lecture, but also solutions will be explored. In the end, the vision of the ubiquitous computer will be much clearer.

Teaching Staff

  Name Contact
Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
S2|02 A114
Dr.-Ing. Julien Gedeon
S2|02 A124

Guest Lecturers

  Name Contact
Dr. Alejandro Sanchez Guinea
S2|02 A108
Dr. Martin Schmitz
S2|02 A121
Dr.-Ing. Nikolaos Alexopoulos
S2|02 A121


  Name Contact
Dr. Thomas Kosch
S2|02 A108
Aidmar Wainakh
S2|02 A313
Type Time Room Start
Lecture Mon, 14:25 – 16:05 Moodle course (online) 12. Apr. 2021
Exercise Mon, 16:15 – 17:55 Moodle course (online) 12. Apr. 2021
  • Stefan Poslad: Ubiquitous Computing, Wiley 2009, ISBN 978-0-470-03560-3 (Paperback: Wiley India 2010)
  • Handbook of Research: Ubiquitous Computing Technology for Real Time Enterprises edited by Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser, Dr. Iryna Gurevych, 2008, Information Science Reference, ISBN-10: 1599048329
  • F. Adelstein, S. Gupta et al.: Fundamentals of Mobile & Pervasive Computing McGraw Hill 2004,
  • John Krumm (Ed.): Ubiquitous Computing Fundamentals, CRC Press 2010 (eBook: Taylor & Francis)
  • Qusay Hassan (Ed.): Internet of Things A to Z: Technologies and Applications, IEEE Press / Wiley, 2018
  • Deepak Gupta (Ed.) Fog, Edge, and Pervasive Computing in Intelligent IoT Driven Applications, IEEE Press / Wiley, 2021