UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairWhile the proceedings are finally finished (look for your copy in your conference pack at registration!) UbiComp 2013 Publication Chair Paul Baumann sure knows how to keep himself busy: he’s been burning the midnight oil preparing a data collection campaign to run during the conference days in Zurich.

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairAs you might have seen when you registered for UbiComp 2013, you’re getting a “two-for-one” deal this year: All UbiComp attendees will have free access to the the 17th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC 2013), and vice versa. Reason enough for me to go and meet with ISWC’s General Chair  – Kristof Van Laerhoven – and ask him a few questions on the symposium in general, as well as about its  collocation with UbiComp.

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairFor our weekly “Meet the Team” update I interviewed Gábor Sörös (yes, that’s a lot of Umlauts in a single name) 🙂 Gábor hails from Hungary – he studied electrical engineering in Budapest, Karlsruhe, and Vienna. He joined Friedemann Mattern’s group at ETH Zurich two and a half years ago.

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairI again picked the brains of the locals and got them to give me their favorite food and drink spots in Zurich. Yes, You will be fed during the conference, but in case you have that day off or end up not joining the social dinner, make sure to check out the suggestions from our local arrangement committee!

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairI managed to get some friendly advice from our Local Arrangement Committee as to what else is happening in Zurich during UbiComp 2013. A lot! So if you are in town early or are able to stay for a bit after the conference, or if you are only attending the Workshops on Sunday but not on Monday, be sure to check out some of the events below!

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairLast week I had the chance to do a short interview with Gregory Abowd, Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Gregory organized the third UbiComp conference, back in 2001, and was responsible for actually renaming the conference series from “HUC – Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing” to UbiComp! Read on for how he remembered the “early days” of the conference, and for his view on how the field has changed since then!

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairWelcome to “Episode IV” of our “Meet the Team” series 🙂 Today I interview Simon Mayer and Christian Remy, who run the Student Volunteers at UbiComp. Both started their PhD studies about three years ago – Simon in Friedemann Mattern’s group at ETH Zurich, Christian in Elaine Huang’s group at the University of Zurich.

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairOne of the newest members of Friedemann Matterns group is Leyna Sadamori – he joined just about 6 months ago. Leyna studied electrical engineering at TU Darmstadt and did his Master thesis in Silvia Santini’s group on “Automatic Classification of Private Households Using Electricity Consumption Data.”

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairI continue our look behind the scenes this time with Christian Beckel, who manages catering for the main conference and takes care of sponors and exhibitors as well. Christian studied Computer Science and Business Management in Tübingen, Germany. Before joining Prof. Mattern’s group at the ETH Zurich in 2011, he worked 3 years as a development engineer at Bosch Corporate Research.

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UbiComp 2013 Social Media ChairMy first interview is with someone many of you might have already interacted – Wilhelm Kleiminger, who is responsible for registrations and the “voice” behind the visas2013@ubicomp.org and registrations2013@ubicomp.org email aliases. Will has been a PhD student in Prof. Mattern’s group at ETH Zurich for 3 years now, after receiving his MEng from Imperial College in 2010.

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