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10. Ubiquitous Computing


Track Chairs:


Frédéric Thiesse, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Sarah Spiekermann, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Track Description:


IT artefacts based on auto-id and sensor technologies – often summarised under the notion of “ubiquitous computing” – pose a new challenge to the field of IS research. Price decline and constant miniaturisation allow for embedding digital functionality into a growing number of physical objects, which eventually changes the way we make use of and interact with information systems. As a consequence, companies hope for significant efficiency gains in manufacturing and logistics processes due to improved data acquisition accuracy, complete visibility of supply chain operations and an overall reduction of error-prone manual tasks. On a societal level, however, privacy risks and consumer fears of these emerging technologies have increasingly been voiced.


The purpose of this track is to provide a forum for investigating applications and impact of ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, ambient intelligence, etc. on organisations, business processes, products/services, employees, and consumers. The focus will be on economic, behavioural and technical issues related to the use of the technologies. Potential authors/researchers are encouraged to submit papers that study new, emerging or existing issues in ubiquitous computing, or analyse the implications of applications pertaining to real-world occurrences.


Suggested topics:


- Strategies for technology evaluation and implementation of ubiquitous systems
- Business value of ubiquitous computing technologies
- Business models for smart products and services
- Consumer perception and acceptance of ubiquitous computing
- New models of human-computer interaction for smart objects
- Ethical and trust issues in ubiquitous applications
- Application scenarios in corporate business processes
- Frameworks and models for the analysis of internal and inter-organisational impacts
- Systems integration and data management
- Practical use of RFID and sensor data in enterprise information systems
- Security mechanisms for ubiquitous information systems
- Technology diffusion and the role of standards
- Case studies of real-world deployments in logistics, manufacturing, maintenance, etc.


Associate Editors:


- Oliver Guenther, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

- Thorsten Staake, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

- Christian Floerkemeier, MIT, Cambridge, USA

- Thomas Odenwald, SAP Research, Palo Alto, USA 

- Wolfgang Maass, HS Furtwangen, Germany