RF1: Design Aspects

Research Field 1: Design aspects of adaptive applications in ubiquitous computing

In Research Field 1 VENUS explores basic methods, models, processes and regulations for dynamic, situational, self-adapting networked systems. Consequently the research field is structured into two sub-fields with three sub-projects each.

In the sub-field GA1 the basic technologies for UC, i.e. context awareness, knowledge discovery and adaptation, are further developed. The coordinator, who is a computer scientist, identifies specific features and potential interfaces, with the participation of the three other disciplines, in order to design them in a way which is socially acceptable, economically viable and legal.
In the parallel Sub-Field GA2 “social compati-bility” the interactions between technology, users and social networks are explored and chances and risks for users and society are analyzed and assessed. This results in the normative requirements for the technology and its general conditions.

Due to the opposing procedures of the disciplines an inherent time challenge results. For the technical disciplines of Sub-Field GA1 the starting point is the technology and its possibilities within the design decisions. But for the non-technical disciplines the starting point in Sub-Field GA 2 is the application.
Starting from this application and its potentials and risks, only during the process of working on its further development can one develop the right criteria for its design.

This requires parallel work and a continuous process of exchange of experience, which is supported and governed by the committee “Coordination”, consisting of all sub-project managers. This committee is responsible for the coordination and integration within and between the subfields.