experience the world of ambient intelligence.


Wie komen er spreken?


Panos Markopoulos

 Panos Markopoulos

Over Panos Markopoulos:

Panos is an Associate Professor with the User Centred Engineering Group at the Faculty of Industrial Design of the TU/e in the department of Industrial Design. He's also teaching for the USI post-graduate programme where he's responsible for curriculum affairs.

He has worked as a researcher at Queen Mary University of London and Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven.

He's researching and teaching topics related to user system interaction with ambient intelligence environments and interaction design for children. In the past he has worked on user centred design, task modeling, formal specification of user interfaces, UML and software architectures for user interfaces.

Over "Designing Interaction with Ambient Intelligence: Advances made and Challenges for the Future":

Panos's talk will revisit the central themes of Ambient Intelligence from the perspective of the user. First, it will gauge the progress towards the vision, focusing on some aspects of it that remain elusive. Skeptical views regarding the potential negative aspects of Ambient Intelligence will be discussed together with methodological challenges in understanding user needs and evaluating Ambient Intelligence systems. He will propose a set of conjectures for guiding the design of interaction with Ambient Intelligence systems. Turning towards the future, the talk will go through some current trends in research methodology, the concepts of seamful design and persuasion that are occupying parts of this research field.

Afsluitende spreker:

Boris de Ruyter

 Boris de Ruyter

Over Boris de Ruyter:

Boris de Ruyter has more than 12 years of experience in heading international and multi-disciplinary research projects. After his graduation, Boris de Ruyter has worked as a research assistant in experimental psychology, at the University of Antwerp. Since 1994 he has been with Philips Research where he works on user-system interaction research. His research focuses on user modelling and psychometrics. He is an author of multiple international publications and owns numerous patents. Since 2006 he has been appointed principal scientists and is co-chairing the research domain Interactive Healthcare at Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven.

Over "Ambient Intelligence: looking back and thinking ahead":

The introduction of the Ambient Intelligence vision has triggered the realization of innovative application- and service scenarios of intelligent environments. Additional, it is observed that whereas AmI research has traditionally been focusing on user experiences in more entertainment oriented scenarios, there is move towards the deployment of AmI technologies for health and wellbeing related scenarios. However, this introduces a potential problem with regard to the social acceptance of such scenarios. Aspects such as information overload, violations of privacy and lack of trust in general threaten the introduction of these technologies into our day-to-day life. Beyond the existing levels of system intelligence, there is a need for AmI environments to become social intelligent.

Remco Bakker

 Remco Bakker

Over Remco Bakker:

Remco Bakker is founder and managing director of irC2, the Dutch information security specialist. Bakker has for many years been intrigued by the risks and pitfalls within the world of computing, telecoms and internet.

Over "The human being will always be the limiting factor":

Remco will propose his vision on the risks of future applications and will advise on lessons from the past. “Do not look at functionality in the first place,” Bakker says, and he strongly recommends software developers to realise that the early adoption of new technologies can be hazardous. “Everything digital can be detected,” is one of his hobbyhorses.

Bakker’s presentation will be practical, rather than going into the theory.

Dr Penny Duquenoy

Dr Penny Duquenoy

Over Dr Penny Duquenoy:

Penny Duquenoy is Chair of IFIP Working Group 9.2 (Social Accountability). She is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University with a Ph.D. in Internet Ethics and a background in philosophy. She is a leading researcher in the field of Ethics and ICT, with more than 30 publications on aspects of ethics in relation to applied information technologies. Her research interests are in the areas of the ethical impact of computer technologies, particularly of intelligent systems and ambient environments and has presented on this at EU level. In addition to long term membership of IFIP Special Interest Group on Ethics (SIG9.2.2) Penny is Manager of the British Computer Society Ethics Forum.

Over "Understanding Ambient Intelligence from an ethical and social perspective":

The environment of the near future will be one that responds to the actors within it, adapting to given requirements and facilitating desired lifestyles. Reliant on computer technologies that are pervasive and ubiquitous this adaptive environment will be invisible and non-intrusive. It will be a natural extension of the constructed world most of us now know. Thus, the vision of ambient intelligence is of an environment where computer intelligence is used to enhance the operation of daily activities, and to assist individuals and organizations in the management of their lives.

We can all imagine how we might utilise this technology to facilitate our actions and interactions, making life easier, more comfortable, and more interesting. Applying technology in this way then has the potential to benefit communities, and in this sense can be a moral good.

The above claim works where both the technology and stakeholders can be trusted to perform to the best advantage of its users. This, however, is an assumption that cannot be made where many interests are involved. Current applications and experience with information and communication technologies (ICT) shows that performance can be unpredictable, and that what can be advantageous to some can be a disadvantage to others – sometimes seriously so. The ‘invisibility’ of the technology raises ethical challenges (Moor, 1985) promoting interest in ‘transparency’ or ‘disclosure’ in design and operation (Introna, 2005; White and Macintosh, 2001; Brey, 2000). The assumptions and values embedded in the design process can conflict with user values and assumptions (Van den Hoven, 2007; Friedman, 1997) and trust is notoriously difficult to instigate (Nixon et. al., 2005)

This presentation will explore the social and ethical dimension of the application of ICT in the ambient environment taking a ‘bottom up’ technology and ‘top down’ user perspective. By applying current experience and knowledge of technological interactions and extending it to the envisioned future applications (i.e. using a foresight strategy) we can make reasonable assumptions about the consequences of such technological applications, which can in turn be used to prepare for, and alleviate unwanted social and ethical outcomes. Examples of current research that fall within the ambient domain will be used to demonstrate issues, and to elicit the difficulties that lay ahead. In line with the bottom up and top down approach outlined above, conclusions and recommendations that apply both to the design and development of these technologies and their use can be made.

Dr Paul Havinga

Dr Paul Havinga

Over Dr Paul Havinga:

Dr. Paul J.M. Havinga is associate professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and CTO of Ambient Systems in Enschede. He received his PhD on the thesis entitled "Mobile Multimedia Systems" in 2000, and was awarded with the 'DOW Dissertation Energy Award' for this work. His current research interests are in the field of ambient intelligence, distributed computing, and embedded wireless networking. Research questions cover architectures, protocols, programming paradigms, algorithms, and applications. This research has resulted in over 190 scientific publications in journals and conferences. He is project manager of several international projects on Ambient Intelligence and wireless sensor networks. In 2004 he founded the company Ambient Systems B.V., which develops very low-power embedded wireless networking platforms and applications, with a special focus on logistics and transport.

Over "Smart Dust - science, fiction, or a real business opportunity":

Rapid advances in technology have enabled a new generation of tiny, inexpensive, networked sensors. Sensors are tiny devices capable of capturing physical information, such as heat, light or motion, about an environment. Embedding millions of sensors into an environment creates a digital skin or wireless network of sensors, each sensor capable of capturing physical information about its immediate space. These massively distributed sensor networks communicate with one another and summarize the immense amounts of low-level information to produce data representative of the overall environment. Collaborative, smart sensor networks present information in a qualitative, human-interpretable form, which allows the system and the people to respond intelligently.

The past several years of wireless sensor network research have resulted in advancements in many areas. The generality and potential of this will be investigated in various application domains, which span the land, the sea, and also the air. This talk will highlight some of the challenges as we are advancing this technology from academic prototypes to broad commercial usage.

Ir. Menno Lindwer

Ir. Menno Lindwer

Over Ir. Menno Lindwer:

Menno is Director of Product Management at Silicon Hive. He received his (ir) from Twente University and his PDEng (Professional Doctorate of Engineering) from Eindhoven University in 1993. His PDEng work resulted in simulation and mapping methodology for asynchronous hardware (aka. handshake circuits or delay-insensitive circuits). He subsequently worked on database matching techniques at Utopics BV (currently part of Ordina BV) and Input BV. In 1995, he returned to his subject when he started working for Philips Research on the design of Java and Media processors (TriMedia). In 2002, he joined the Silicon Hive start-up within the Philips Technology Incubator. His work has led to over 20 scientific articles and patent publications (four patents currently assigned in the US). His interests include low-power application-specific processor subsystems, processor construction templates and methodologies, and spatial compilers.

Over "Silicon System Design of Media and Communications Applications":

Application-specific devices for Ambient Intelligence imply targeted feature sets and associated risks of just not hitting the market window. How can we design and program devices to exactly hit very narrow market windows, given today's fast evolution of media and communications standards and the huge costs for chip design? How can we make sure that these extremely costly chip design cycles and software development efforts do not fail on seemingly futile mistakes in requirements and architecture? How can we build these chips, such that they are not outdated when they hit the market? How do we make sure that resulting devices can work within the power envelope of scavenged ambient power, rather than burning a hole in your clothes?
Ambient Intelligence implies a paradigm shift from visible computing (PCs, organizers) to autonomous systems surrounding groups of individuals. Autonomous systems consist of mostly invisible networked devices, each of which having highly specific functionality (e.g. ranging from ambient light regulation to TV programme selection). Interaction will not be through traditional keyboards and screens, but rather by (e)motion, speech, sensory data, subtle environmental changes, etc. All this implies that future devices will be application-specific, requiring high levels of media processing and varying modes of mostly wireless communication. Obviously, media processing already is mostly digital (MP3, MPEG1/2/4, H.264, etc). Communication currently is a mix of standards (GSM, UMTS, WiMax, Wifi A/B/G/N, BlueTooth, DVB, GPS etc.) with different requirements on digital and analog processing. Today, high data rate front-end processing is increasingly being transferred from the analog domain onto digitial signal processors. All of these developments require answers to the questions posed above. The presentation answers those questions in the context of Ambient Intelligence.

Kris Luyten

 Kris Luyten

Over Kris Luyten:

Kris Luyten is an assistant professor at Hasselt University (Belgium), where he is member of the research institute Expertise Centre for Digital Media. He received his PhD (2004) from the same university where he specializes in engineering interactive systems for heterogeneous environments.

He works on new methods for designing interactive system that can be used in ambient intelligent environments, user centered design and model-based user interface development. The courses he teaches are mainly about software engineering and human-computer interaction.

Over "Design, development and deployment of user interfaces for ambient":

The design, development and deployment of Ambient Intelligent systems still poses many challenges. The heterogeneous nature and complexity of such systems require a broad technical knowledge to create an ambient intelligent interactive system. One of the challenges is to make sure this complexity is not reflected in the usage of such a system by the end-user. We present model-based approaches that can be used to design and develop interactive systems for heterogeneous environments. These approaches are evaluated by presenting some applied research projects that target ambient intelligent environments as the space where end-users interact in.

Dr. Ir. Frans Mofers

Dr. Ir. Frans Mofers

Over Dr. Ir. Frans Mofers:

Frans Mofers is als universitair hoofddocent werkzaam bij de faculteit Informatica van de Open Universiteit Nederland. Hij verricht onderwijsontwikkel- en onderwijsbegeleidingstaken op het gebied van netwerken, besturingssystemen en computerarchitectuur. Daarnaast is hij betrokken bij diverse innovatieprojecten rond (afstands)onderwijs, zowel binnen de Open Universiteit Nederland als bij landelijke en Europese projecten.

Na een natuurkundestudie aan de RWTH te Aken (Duitsland) en een promotie binnen het domein van de Biofysica bij de Universiteit Utrecht heeft Frans Mofers diverse functies binnen de automatisering vervuld. Sinds ongeveer 10 jaar verzorgt hij onderwijs, de eerste jaren binnen de faculteit Managementwetenschappen en later bij de faculteit Informatica.

Over "Is there something to be learned from networks?":

Het onderwijs bij een instelling als de Open Universiteit Nederland die leren op afstand en Leven Lang Leren hoog in het vaandel draagt, speelt zich steeds meer in virtuele leer-werkomgevingen af. Netwerken spelen daarbij op verschillende manieren een rol. Enerzijds hebben wij te maken met technische netwerken die een infrastructuur bieden waarop de virtuele samenwerking mogelijk is. Anderzijds neemt het belang toe van de sociale en professionele netwerken, die al doende ontstaan tussen de verschillende actoren (in de eerste plaats tussen studenten en docenten).

In de lezing zal ingegaan worden op onderzoek en experimenten waarin specifieke modellen en eigenschappen van netwerken gebruikt worden om sociale netwerken in kaart te brengen als hulpmiddel voor feedback naar het onderwijsproces.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rauterberg

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rauterberg

Over Prof. Dr. Matthias Rauterberg:

Prof. Dr Matthias Rauterberg, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) received a B.S. in Psychology (1978) at the University of Marburg (Germany), a B.A. in Philosophy (1981) and a B.S. in Computer Science (1983), a M.S. in Psychology (1981) and a M.S. in Computer Science (1986) at the University of Hamburg (Germany), and a Ph.D. in Computer Science/Mathematics (1995) at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). He is now the Dutch representative in the IFIP TC14 on 'Entertainment Computing and the founding vice-chair of this TC14. He is also the chair of the IFIP WG14.3 on 'Entertainment Theory'. He is also appointed as visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan). He received the German GI-HCI Award for the best Ph.D. in 1997 and the Swiss Technology Award for the BUILD-IT system in 1998. He is a nominated member of the 'Cream of Science' in the Netherlands (the 200 top-level Dutch researchers) and amongst the 10 top-level TU/e scientists. He has over 250 publications in international journals, conference proceedings, books, etc. He acts also as editor and member of the editorial board of several leading international journals.

Over "Ambient Culture: the future of Entertainment Computing":

Rauterberg proposes the new paradigm 'cultural computing' for human computer interaction, which is based on Kansei Mediated Interaction. Kansei Mediated Interaction is a form of multimedia communication that carries non-verbal, emotional and Kansei information (e.g. unconscious information). The main research objectives in Kansei Mediated Interaction are the underlying almost unconscious cultural determinants that influence the users' behavior to enable and support major cultural transformation processes.

Roel Schouwenberg

 Roel Schouwenberg

Over Roel Schouwenberg:

Roel Schouwenberg was born in St Odilinberg, The Netherlands and has always been fascinated by all aspects of security.
His initial interests were mostly in network security and application firewalls.

When his antivirus solution failed his point of interest changed to antivirus research. This quickly became a dedicated passion and he started advancing in his research.

Roel came in contact with Kaspersky Lab in 2003. He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 where he was appointed senior research
engineer for the Benelux region. He focuses on monitoring the malware situation in his region, analyzing malware and doing anti-virus research.

Roel is an internationally known speaker. He also regularly writes articles and handles incident response.
His hobbies include analyzing patterns and listening to music.

Over "Is my toaster going to need anti-virus?
Should platform uniformity be a goal?

First we'll take a look at what history has shown us so far when it comes to platform uniformity and security issues. This means that we'll have a look at operating system and processor architecture prevalence and the connection with security issues.

Then we'll have a look at the present and what platform uniformity means for systems involved with ambient intelligence. Naturally we'll also try to take a look into the future. We'll try to reach a conclusion which can hopefully improve overall
security and safety. The presentation will mostly be theoretical, but the conclusion should prove appliable in practice.

Albert van Dok

 Albert van Dok

Over Albert van Dok:

Na zijn studie aan de Hogeschool van Utrecht begon Albert bij Info Support als application support engineer. Eigenlijk wilde hij de system engineer kant op. Maar na 2 jaar hield hij dat voor gezien en kwam toen in aanraking met BI. Toen nog was dat nog een technologie dat bij Microsoft in de kinderschoenen stond. Begonnen met het maken van ETL scripts, zich verdiept in dimensioneel modelleren en zich verder bekwaamd in reporting/analysis en OLAP databases. Nu bij Avanade aan de slag als solution manager BI zodat hij zo dicht mogelijk bij de bron van kennis en technologie staat voor het Microsoft BI platform.

Over "Get intelligence from your data":

Datamining is erg actueel. De hoeveelheid data die wordt verzameld en opgeslagen creeert veel mogelijkheden om interessante informatie eruit te halen. Het ontdekken van kennis in deze grote hoeveelheden data was tot voor kort een niet alledaags proces. Het doel is nieuwe, potentieel nuttige, en uiteindelijk begrijpelijke patronen in gegevens te identificeren.

De ontwikkelingen binnen dit vakgebied zijn de laatste tijd sterk toegenomen. Het wordt nu voor meer mensen steeds eenvoudiger data te analyseren op interessante en niet voor de hand liggende trends en patronen. Bij datamining wordt nog vaak gedacht dan alleen experts in de statistiek en wiskunde of wetenschappers het alleen kunnen gebruiken en toepassen. Toegegeven, de technieken achter datamining zijn over het algemeen moeilijk te begrijpen. Het ontwikkelen van dit soort technieken en algoritmes zal altijd wel een specialisme blijven. Het gebruik ervan wordt steeds makkelijker en daardoor veel meer toegpast.

De presentatie geeft over een overzicht van de ontwikkelingen binnen data mining en met simpele voorbeelden wordt een indruk gegeven hoe je ermee omgaat in de praktijk.

Dr. Ir. Evert van Loenen

Dr. Ir. Evert van Loenen

Over Dr. Ir. Evert van Loenen:

Evert van Loenen is Principal Scientist in the Media Interaction Group of the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. His research activities are in the field of Ambient Intelligence, where he works on out-of-the-box application design, natural user system interaction, context awareness and distributed systems. He has managed one of the first and largest European projects in this field, the ITEA - AMBIENCE project, awarded with the 2003 ITEA Achievement Award. He is responsible for a number of projects which explore future user needs, and which realize solutions that address these needs in Philips' new Experience Labs in Eindhoven.
Evert started his career in physics. He received his MSc degree in physics from the University of Groningen in 1981, and his PhD degree from the University of Utrecht in 1985. He subsequently joined IBM in Yorktown Heights as visiting scientist, and joined Philips Research in 1986. He is holder of 12 patents and author of more than 60 scientific papers

Over "Ambient Intelligence: from technology studies to real world applications":

Ambient Intelligence is a vision of the future, in which we will be surrounded with intelligent, electronic systems, that are adaptive and responsive to our needs. The vision is inspiring, and has become a key driver for many research programs on ubiquitous networking, context awareness, intelligent algorithms and natural interaction solutions. But it is also controversial: do people want environments that track them, and that can eventually become pro-active?

To study user needs, feasibility and usability of novel Ambient Intelligent system concepts, Philips Research has built dedicated Experience Labs: a HomeLab, and recently a CareLab and a ShopLab. In this presentation, the history and future of Ambient Intelligence will briefly be discussed, and a selection of challenging cases under development in the Experience Labs will be presented, illustrating how we can come from technology research to real world applications.

Drs Ard Jan Vethman

Drs Ard Jan Vethman

Over Drs Ard Jan Vethman:

Drs. Ard Jan Vethman is principal consultant bij Capgemini en leidt de RFID activiteiten voor de Manufacturing, Retail en Distribution sector op internationaal niveau.

Hij is nauw betrokken bij de projecten die Capgemini op dit vlak uitvoert en vertegenwoordigt de organisatie binnen EPCglobal, het internationale consortium voor de verdere ontwikkeling van RFID.

Ard Jan heeft binnen Capgemini verschillende innovaties helpen vormgeven. Hij is co-auteur van een boek over Electronische Marktplaatsen (2000) en twee rapporten voor het Global Commerce Initiative (GCI): ‘The case for Global Standards’ (2003) en ‘2016; the Future Supply Chain’(2006)

Ard Jan heeft Theoretische Natuurkunde aan de Universiteit van Utrecht gestudeerd.

Over "RFID; the first step towards sensor based networks":

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is doorgebroken als een zeer breed toepasbare technologie voor automatische identificatie. Het heeft zich van een gesloten technologie tot een set van open standaards ontwikkeld die voor steeds meer toepassingen geschikt wordt. Door uitbreiding met sensoren en transactie capaciteiten (Near Field Communication) ontstaat er een reële invulling van de ‘Internet of things’ visie.

De presentatie geeft een overzicht van de ontwikkelingen en de rol die Capgemini daar als adviseur en integrator in vervult.

Robert Voûte (LogicaCMG)

 Robert Voûte

Over Robert Voûte:

Robert Voûte is Competence Manager van de Geo-ICT (waaronder GIS, plaatsbepaling, etc.) afdeling van LogicaCMG in Nederland. Hij werkt sinds 1991 bij CMG (later LogicaCMG) en heeft hiervoor Geodesie gestudeerd aan de TU Delft.
Na zijn studie heeft hij als dienstplichtig reserve officier bij de Koninklijke Landmacht gezeten.

Over "Remote Sensing finally fully grown in IT":

Door een aantal voorbeelden zal aangegeven worden hoe het gebied van de Remote Sensing zich van een uitsluitend onderzoeksveld heeft verbreed naar een gebied waar ook de reguliere GIS dienstverlening er steeds meer gebruik van maakt.

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