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We are delighted to announce:

The Royal Society Discussion Meeting
"From computers to ubiquitous computing, by 2020"

17-18th March 2008
The Royal Society, London


Organisers: Marta Kwiatkowska, Tom Rodden and Vladimiro Sassone

The convergence of wireless networks with new sensing technologies and
devices has started to embed computers into our everyday life. This
meeting will consider this shift to 'Ubiquitous Computing' as an
interdisciplinary grand challenge affecting all aspects of computer
science that has massive implications for how we might reason about,
build and experience computer systems with considerable issues for  


Computing and software
Jeanette Wing, CMU/NSF, Computational thinking
Rocco de Nicola, University of Florence, Global computing
Tom Henzinger, EPFL, Challenges in embedded systems design
Ozalp Babaoglu, University of Bologna, Self-* properties of complex  

Architecture and technology
Gaetano Borriello, University of Washington, Invisible computing
Andy Hopper FRS, University of Cambridge, Sentient computing
Margaret Martonosi, Princeton, Power-efficient architectures
Timothy Roscoe, ETH Zurich, Network architectures for ubiquitous  

Can we trust computers?
Mogens Nielsen, Aarhus University, Trust specification and analysis
Anupam Joshi, University of Maryland, Trust, security and privacy in
ubiquitous computing
Ronald Rivest, MIT, Cryptography and security, with a focus on E-voting

The human viewpoint
Gary Marsden, Cape Town, Mobile interaction design for developing  
Adam Greenfield, Consultant, Everyware: Some Social and Ethical
Implications of Ubiquitous Computing
Jonathan Zittrain and John Palfrey, Harvard/OMII, Legal and ethical  
Sir Ara Darzi, Imperial College, Medical applications of pervasive


The proceedings of the meeting will be published in the high impact
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, see


which ranks 4th in the ISI Multidisciplinary Sciences category.


See the webpage:


Best wishes,
Vladimiro Sassone, University of Southampton

on behalf of:

Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge, http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~jac22
Robin Milner FRS, University of Cambridge, http://www.fairdene.com/ 
Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham, http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~tar
Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Oxford http://web.comlab.ox.ac.uk/ 
Morris Sloman, Imperial College, http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~mss

UKCRC Grand Challenge in Ubiquitous Computing: Science, Experience  
and Design

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