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Smart Spaces for Smart People: physical and digital mashups ESI mini-theme


The Smart Spaces theme will explore exploitable links between Smart Spaces and smart personal systems. The theme workshops will use novel recording methods and make use of social media to investigate interactions between physical spaces and personal digital technologies, and propose innovative ways to ‘mashup’ the two worlds. The proceedings will be published in an open access journal and material will be assembled for a Blue Book that will include best practices.

Aim This theme aims to examine the potential for exploiting interactions between Smart Spaces in the physical world and smart personal systems, both hardware and software. The overall objective is to explore and define best practice for enhancing the value of links between the physical and digital worlds. Web 2.0 style mashups will be one area to be considered. The workshops will focus on three specific Smart Space environments: meeting, teaching, and research. Coverage

One facet of the theme will be to envisage a future in which everything has an IP address. The following examples are areas in which the workshops might explore the potential impact of smart interactions:

  • Recording data in context for each of the three specific environments, for example capturing research-related discussions with mobile devices and ‘GPS’ within buildings;
  • Exploiting fully the capabilities of complex building managements systems, by enabling access to their many sensors and sophisticated software;
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of interactions between equipment and people in remote discussion, monitoring, and control contexts;
  • Developing efficient learning and teaching spaces: to assist in exploring this area, we will engage with the University of Southampton Smart Teaching Spaces undergraduate design competition (Create Your Campus);
  • Investigating the scope for games technology, including augmented reality techniques, to engage new learners and (potentially) researchers.

Workshops Proceedings will be captured contemporaneously, both by recording and by note-takers assigned to that purpose. All participants will be encouraging to contribute in real time to a wiki and/or a Twitter feed, and also to contribute observations derived from discussions taking place outside the workshop sessions. Each workshop will include a session devoted to the free suggestion and association of ideas. All recordings, notes, wiki pages, and tweets will be used in combination by the theme facilitators to produce the formal outputs described in the next section.

Outputs Associated with the workshops will be a series of articles in an open access journal, hopefully combined into a special issue. We also intend to produce a Smart Spaces Blue Book that will combine material from the workshops and would assemble best practices for the theme.

Twitter #smartspaces

For the draft workshop timetable see Timetable

For Speaker's brief see Speaker's Brief

Session Wiki Pages

Session 1 Wednesday 13:00

Session 2 Wednesday 15:30

Session 3 Thursday 9:00

Session 4 Thursday 11:00

Session 5 Thursday 14:00

Session 6 Thursday 16:00

People Wiki Pages

Colin Bird

Simon Coles

Grace de la Flor

Jeremy Frey

Dave DeRoure

Maria Avila Garcia

Anna Kenway

Katarzyna Musial

Alain Renaud

Liz vander Meer

Cerys Willougby

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