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Advance Program

Saturday September 5, 2009

The Open Ceremony begins at 9 am, afterwards the conference will be opened with the first Keynote. After this Session 1 with 3 papers and Session 2 with 4 papers are following. The afternoon will close with "One Minute Madness" at 4.30 pm and the Presentation of Posters at 5 pm. In the evening takes place a great social event within the framework of "30 years Ars Electronica Festival", the "Visualisierte Klangwolke".

08:00 - 18:00Registration
08:30 - 09:45Opening Ceremony
09:45 - 10:45Keynote
(Joe Paradiso, MIT)
10:45 - 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 - 13:00Session 1
(Systems and Applications I)
13:00 - 14:30Lunch
14:30 - 16:00Session 2
(Smart Textiles)
16:00 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00One Minute Madness
17:00 - 18:30Posters
20:00 - 22:00Klangwolke: The Flood

Opening Ceremony (09:00 - 09:45)

This years co-chairs Alois Ferscha and Gerfried Stocker will start with a welcome speech and officially open the conference.

Keynote (09:45 - 10:45)

"A Decade of Exploration of Diverse Applications in Wearable Sensing"

Joe Paradiso (Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Laboratory)

Abstract: Although Wearable Computing has somewhat entered the mainstream through ubiquitous mobile devices, the predictions put forward by the wearable research community since its inception of a distributed wearable architecture that co-perceives the user's local environment and responds appropriately through a variety of channels hasn't yet materialized. Low power systems and lightweight networking strategies point the way to this transition however, and research is exposing vivid realizations that show the potential in uniting networked wearable systems to pervasive responsive media scattered throughout the environment - interfacing humans to the ubiquitous electronic "nervous system" that sensor networks will soon extend across things, places, and people. This talk will overview work in happening in the MIT Media Lab's Responsive Environments Group that has explored aspects of this frontier, including "Cross Reality" systems (integration of ubiquitous sensor/actuator networks with heavily populated online virtual worlds), using wearables to control pervasively captured and interactive media, controlling building utilities through wearable systems, and diverse applications of wearable sensing in medicine and interactive music/media performance.

Brief Bio of the Presenter:

Joseph Paradiso is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Laboratory, where he directs the Responsive Environments group, which explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction, and perception. In addition, he co-directs the Things That Think Consortium, a group of industry sponsors and Media Lab researchers who explore the extreme fringe of embedded computation, communication, and sensing.

After two years developing precision drift chambers at the Lab for High Energy Physics at ETH in Zurich, he joined the Draper Laboratory, where his research encompassed spacecraft control systems, image processing algorithms, underwater sonar, and precision alignment sensors for large high-energy physics detectors. He joined the Media Lab in 1994, where his current research interests include embedded sensing systems and sensor networks, wearable and body sensor networks, energy harvesting and power management for embedded sensors, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, localization systems, passive and RFID sensor architectures, human-computer interfaces, and interactive media. He has authored 200 articles and technical reports on topics ranging from computer music to power scavenging.

After receiving a BS in electrical engineering and physics summa cum laude from Tufts University, Paradiso became a K.T. Compton fellow at the Lab for Nuclear Science at MIT, receiving his PhD in physics there for research conducted at CERN in Geneva.

Session 1: Systems and Applications I (11:15 - 13:00)

Toward Achieving On-Site Programming
Tsutomu Terada (Kobe University), Masakazu Miyamae (Westunitis, Co., Ltd.)
A Motion Recognition Method for a Wearable Dancing Musical Instrument
Minoru Fujimoto (Kobe University, Japan), Naotaka Fujita (Kobe University, Japan), Yoshinari Takegawa (Kobe University, Japan), Tsutomu Terada (Kobe University, Japan), Masahiko Tsukamoto (Kobe University, Japan)
LifeBelt: Silent Directional Guidance for Crowd Evacuation
Alois Ferscha (University of Linz), Kashif Zia (University of Linz)

Session 2: Smart Textiles (14:30 - 16:00)

A Coarse Desktop Method for Evaluating Transmission of Vibration Through Textile Layers
Lucy Dunne (University of Minnesota)
Stretchable Circuit Board Technology and Application
Rene Vieroth (TU-Berlin), Thomas Löher (TU-Berlin), Manuel Seckel (TU-Berlin), Christian Dils (Fraunhofer IZM), Christine Kallmayer (Fraunhofer IZM), Andreas Ostmann (Fraunhofer IZM), Herbert Reichl (Fraunhofer IZM)
Inclusion of Fabric Properties in the E-Textile Design Process
Meghan Quirk (Virginia Tech), Tom Martin (Virginia Tech), Mark Jones (Virginia Tech)
RFID Textile and Map Making System for Large Area Positioning
Ryoko Ueoka (University of Tokyo), Atsuji Masuda (Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture), Tetsuhiko Murakami (Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture), Hideyuki Miyayama (Medical Japan Co., Ltd.), Hidenori Takeuchi (UTIC Co., Ltd.), Kazuyuki Hashimoto (UTIC Co., Ltd. ), Michitaka Hirose (University of Tokyo)

Posters (17:00 - 18:30)

An Exploration of Daily Routine Modeling based on Bluetooth and GSM-data
Ulrich Steinhoff (TU Darmstadt), Bernt Schiele (TU Darmstadt)
Variability in foot-worn sensor placement for activity recognition
Jakob Doppler (Institute for Pervasive Computing), Gerald Holl (Institute for Pervasive Computing), Alois Ferscha (Institute for Pervasive Computing), Marquart Franz (Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, CT SE 2), Cornel Klein (Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, CT SE 2), Marcos dos Santos Rocha (Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, CT SE 2), Andreas Zeidler (Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technologies, CT SE 2)
An Attachable ECG Sensor Bandage with Planar-Fashionable Circuit Board
Jerald Yoo (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Long Yan (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Seulki Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Hyejung Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Binhee Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)), Hoi-Jun Yoo (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST))
Towards an Interactive Snowboarding Assistance System
Thomas Holleczek (ETH Zurich), Christoph Zysset (ETH Zurich), Bert Arnrich (ETH Zurich), Daniel Roggen (ETH Zurich), Gerhard Tröster (ETH Zurich)
Which way am I facing: Inferring horizontal device orientation from an accelerometer signal
Kai Kunze (Embedded Systems Lab University Passau), Kurt Partridge (PARC), Bo Begole (PARC), Paul Lukowicz (Embedded Systems Lab University Passau)
Web 2.0 Meets Wearable Augmented Reality
Thuong Hoang (Wearable Computer Lab \ University of South Australia), Shane Porter (Wearable Computer Lab \ University of South Australia), Benjamin Close (Wearable Computer Lab \ University of South Australia), Bruce Thomas (Wearable Computer Lab \ University of South Australia)
Heartphones: Sensor Earphones and Mobile Application for Non-obtrusive Health Monitoring
Ming-Zher Poh (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, \ The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology \), Kyunghee Kim (The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Andrew Goessling (The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Nicholas Swenson (The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Rosalind Picard (The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Psychophysiological body activation characteristics in daily routines
Martin Kusserow (ETH Zurich), Oliver Amft (TU Eindhoven), Gerhard Tröster (ETH Zurich)
Design and implementation of an electronic textile jumpsuit
Tom Martin (Virginia Tech), Mark Jones (Virginia Tech), Justin Chong (Virginia Tech), Meghan Quirk (Virginia Tech), Kara Baumann (Virginia Tech), Leah Passauer (Virginia Tech)
A Naïve Technique for Correcting Time-Series Data for Recognition Applications
Tracy Westeyn (Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech)), Peter Presti (Interactive Media Technology Center), Jeremy Johnson (Interactive Media Technology Center), Thad Starner (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Can a Mobile Phone in a Pocket Reliably Recognize Ambient Sounds ?
Tobias Franke (University of Passau), Kai Kunze (University of Passau), Paul Lukowicz (University of Passau), Bannach David (University of Passau)
An extensible toolkit for context-aware mobile applications
Ben Clayton (Hewlett-Packard Labs), Richard Hull (Hewlett-Packard Labs), Tom Melamed (Hewlett-Packard Labs), Rycharde Hawkes (Hewlett-Packard Labs)

Klangwolke: The Flood (20:00 - 22:00)

The Klangwolke ("cloud of sound") is an elaborate light and sound show.

Klangwolke Logo

Linz is flooded – the KLANGWOLKE 2009 is putting it into the fabric of one of humanity's oldest narratives. Floods of water, floods of information, human floods: different motifs stake out a very large area.

For quite some time it has now been impossible to overlook or to ignore the warnings. Does Linz, the city on the Danube, have to cleanse and purge itself? Prophecies are doing the rounds; some had better be taken seriously, others are patently absurd. During the day streams of wondrous figures pass through the city. In the shape of animals and creatures of fable they mix with the city's inhabitants. And in the evening, in front of the Brucknerhaus, Armageddon is played out, a dramatic confrontation between catastrophe and salvation. Then come the same questions that attend every great flood: who survives and at what price? One thing is certain: special effects will not be in short supply nor music nor the magic of light; this is what people have come to expect of a selfrespecting Cloud of Sound – and Linz can stay Linz for a long time to come, unharmed and open for the future.

The visualization will start at 9 pm in the Linzer "Donaupark" (500 m from the conference venue).

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