Basser Seminar Series

Context Modelling for Ubiquitous Computing

Thomas Strang
University of Innsbruck, Austria

Wednesday 9 February 2005 2-3pm

Basser Conference Room (G92) Madsen Building

Sponsored by the Smart Internet Technology Research Group


Context-awareness is one of the drivers of the ubiquitous computing paradigm, whereas a well designed model is a key accessor to the context in any context-aware system. This talk provides a survey of the the most relevant current approaches to modelling context for ubiquitous computing. This includes (but is not limited to) approaches based on graphics, logics and ontologies. Numerous approaches are reviewed, classified relative to their core elements and evaluated with respect to their appropriateness for ubiquitous computing.

About the speaker

Thomas Strang was born in Eschweiler near Aachen, Germany, in 1972. He studied computer science at the University of Technology (RWTH) in Aachen and received his Dipl.-Inform. degree in 1998. During his studies his special interests have been on communication and distributed systems, including high speed networks and telecommunications, local area networks, multimedia communications, computer graphics and security. His diploma thesis was about a video gateway to support video streaming to mobile clients. Parallel to university he has been working in industry since 1988, where he gained experiences in design and development of large scale security projects. Since July 2000 he is working as a researcher with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Here his research focus is on ubiquitous and pervasive computing, location- and context-awareness, service discovery and execution frameworks, Semantic Web and smart mobile devices.

In 2003 he was awarded a Doctor’s degree in natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Munich, Germany, with a dissertation on service interoperability in ubiquitous computing environments. As of October 2004 he is a professor for computer science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and also gives lectures at the University of Munich.