Archive for the ‘meeting’ Category

The Possibilities of Real Time Data

Monday, April 19th, 2010

interesting meeting in london. video of the event here. temporary twitter stream under #prtd.

@tobybarnes presented @chromaroma (web). it’s a multiplayer game using your oyster data (they scrape it from your card i guess). it’s a game you can play on your own, or as part of a team. the main idea is that one  individual could benefit from seeing his own data. it  makes one aware of the time he spends walking or using public transportion, and it does so in playful way: one is able to look at his achievement (quickest journeys;  tube stations he owns) or at which of his friends touched in/out from a tube station. one could also build alliances with fellow passengers that share their journeys.

finally, interesting discussion on privacy. the problem is not to push people to share more personal data but is to educate them in “correct” ways of sharing. often people tend to over-share (see please rob me)!!!

MobiSys: UCL and Birkbeck Research

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The mobisys seminar series had its first presentation of the (academic) year today. We decided to slightly change the format. Instead of having a single speaker present for 45 minutes, we would have short research-pitches; that way, the various old and new group members could introduce themselves and their work to each other.  We were also very happy to have Birkbeck researchers present, since a lot of their work has strong overlaps with what is going on in the mobisys group.

By last night, I had about 19 speakers ready to present: way too many! So I decided to break the minute-madness presentations into two sessions. The first was today, centred around the theme of pervasive computing. The second session, broadly categorised as social computing, will be in the coming weeks.

Each speaker had 4 minutes to introduce and overview their work (and were promptly interrupted by my annoying alarm clock sound if they went over): the slides are below. The whole idea of these sessions is to highlight how many people are working on similar problems and to foster discussion (perhaps in an effort to combat “phd depression?”)- unfortunately we did not have much time for the latter today, and I hope that we will in future events.

We rounded up the session with an overview of current research projects going on in the respective departments by Steve Hailes and George Roussos.

MobiSys Group Presentation
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Sillicon Valley and Japan Come to London

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Upcoming events posted by UCL Enterprise Society include: 
. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science – Short Term Awards

Battle of Ideas

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Battle of Ideas is a two-day festival of social, political and cultural discussion taking place in London, 27-28th October 2007Get tickets as soon as possible (the festival has sold out for two years running). The event is held at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU. There are ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6 ACADEMIC 70 debates and some of us might be interested in the following ones: (more…)

Mobile Monday London

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Mobile Monday London 8th Oct at Centre Point.

MobileMonday in BCN: Mobile Web 2.0

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Yesterday I was at the MobileMonday Barcelona event. Three speakers talked about ‘Mobile Web 2.0′:

Patrick Lord introduced his company’s main application – MobiLuck. It’s a short range wireless messaging application. MobiLuck allows you to detect all Bluetooth devices around you and to store a mini-profile in your Bluetooth name. The mini-profile can include for example your nickname, gender, age and phone number (dating profile) or your first name, last name, company and phone number (business profile). Your mini-profile is detected instantly by other MobiLuck users. You can then send a message (or your picture or your business card) with your mobile in a few clicks, for free, with no need of the recipient’s phone number.

Lucia Garate (of Vodafone R&D, Madrid) presented Vodafone Betavine that aims to help developers create new and innovative services using mobile communications APIs.

Ajit Jaokar (London) listed some of the concepts behind its latest book (Mobile 2.0).

Similar events are offered in London.

2 meetings: one on Security & the other on Enterpise

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Recently, I’ve been at two interesting meetings:

1st: Post-grad student club meeting of the Centre for Security and Crime Science (CSCS). It’s a nice opportunity to network with UCL students and faculty members who are interested in security. I was amazed at the number of projects dealing with sensors of which I’ve never heard a word :-) The club will host some very interesting talks.

2nd: UCL Enterprise Society. Great talk by Sumit – CEO of Kuluvalley. The talk was a Lessig style one – for each slide he had either one huge text sentence or one big image (here is an example). Cool stuff!