Lecturer: Professor Vassilis Kostakos, University of Madeira, Portugal and Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Date: Monday, August 10, 2009
Time: 15:15 - 16:00
Mobile phones are becoming increasingly powerful platforms in terms of processing, networking and storage capabilities. As these devices continue to proliferate, researchers are coming up with ways to utilise and exploit them for a number of purposes: proximity-based advertisement, movement tracking, presence detection, proximity detection, situated voting, epidemic simulations, and implicit interactions. This talk will present an overview of my research on urban mobility that exploits people's Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices as a detection mechanism. The message I wish to convey is that there is tremendous untapped potential in harnessing such information, and the potential benefits span multiple domains.
Vassilis Kostakos is an Assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics & Engineering at the University of Madeira, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath. He was a member of the Cityware project, and worked closely with the Space Syntax group at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and HP Research Labs. His research has been reported by popular media such as the BBC and New Scientist, and he regularly consults on social networking systems. His current projects address security and antiphishing for the web and situated services, novell sensing techniques for urban transport, sustainability, and modelling of city-scale mobility. His interests include: mobile and pervasive computing, human-computer interaction, social networks, security and privacy, modelling and simulation, epidemics, wireless technologies, and space syntax.
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