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10 Pervasive Computing; going beyond Internet for small screens

Monday, 27 October – 8:30-17:00 Full day

Steffen Schaefer, IBM Global Services, steffens@acm.org
Rob van den Berg, Siemens, rob@stlab.nl
Steve Marney, EDS, steve.marney@eds.com

Pervasive Computing has become a reality and is further emerging. And even though Pervasive Computing is still in its infancy, no one can deny its potential to change how we live and do business. Pervasive Computing is pointing toward a future in which the networking web will be extended to an ever larger number of players, to smaller machines, houses, appliances, etc., which are increasingly becoming more intelligent. Applications and architectures are becoming multi modal and aware of their context. This web will allow machines to interact with other machines and humans. The sheer number of players interacting with each other and their penetration in our daily lives, such as household appliances, is going to make the impact even more formidable.

In some respects, pervasive solutions contain many elements from standard e-Business systems and are implemented with the same or similar technology. However, the combination of the pervasiveness of computing functionality and internet access, together with possibilities such as the remote monitoring of events and pushing information to users and machines, or the creation of location-aware services, is a new paradigm. Clearly, the well-known Web 'Request/Response' model, as implemented through WAP or i-mode is not enough. Disconnected Work, Intelligent Notification, Ad Hoc Networks, and Data Replication are just a few samples usage patterns where Pervasive Computing goes beyond 'internet for small screens'.

We believe Object Technology is playing a major part in shaping up this new computing paradigm. In some ways, objects can be regarded as becoming highly dynamic and more pervasive, 'living' on even the smallest device. The computing model is becoming even more distributed, possibly using Web Services as the prime means for cooperation.

workshop will bring together practitioners who have been actively involved in the development of Pervasive Computing solutions, researchers who have been working in this area, and people who have been involved in the definition of standards. The goal is to identify recurring architecture themes and patterns typically used to build such systems, or raise issues and gaps for implementation that need to be resolved.

The workshop is a sequel to similar sessions from the previous years at OOPSLA. It will start off with a short presentation of accepted papers and will then be highly interactive, aiming for tangible outcomes, such as sketches of reference architectures or patterns identified in this field.