About ubiquitous computing
Saturday, 21 January 2012 22:41

What is UbiCOMP?

UbiCOMP stands for ubiquitous computing.

What is ubiquitous computing?

Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) is a scientific discipline within computer science that investigates a new model of the human relationship with computers based on the ubiquitous presence of hundreds or thousands of embedded devices hidden in the physical environment. The concept was invented first proposed by Mark Weiser who described his vision of future computing in a groundbreaking article in Scientific American. Although this view was versified by reality and modified by several researchers, the big picture is still the same - one should aim at using computers to enhance human capabilities. At TUL, we have decided to pursue Weiser's ideas and started the first Polish ubiquitous computing research initiative.

Is UbiComp the only name for the field?

Certainly not. We like to use the name ubiquitous computing as it is the one used by the concept's originator. UbiComp was the name of the foundational experiment performed at the Xerox PARC. There are several other terms that describe more or less the same discipline. Pervasive computing, the internet of things, proactive computing and ambient intelligence are only some of the alternative names. These terms tend to stress different aspects of the user experience of the future.

Is there a Polish term for ubiquitous computing?

There's no official ruling on that. We prefer 'wszechobecne przetwarzanie', but 'przetwarzanie bez granic' is known to be used.



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