IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications

The Mark Weiser Best Paper award, sponsored by Elsevier, will be given to authors of the PerCom’s best paper. In addition, the highest quality papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal.


Object-centered sociality – Zengestrom

profound confusion about the nature of sociality, which was partly brought about by recent use of the term ‘social network’ by Albert Laszlo-Barabasi and Mark Buchanan in the popular science world, and Clay Shirky and others in the social software world. These authors build on the definition of the social network as ‘a map of the relationships between individuals.’ Basically I’m defending an alternative approach to social networks here, which I call ‘object centered sociality’ following the sociologist Karin Knorr Cetina. I’ll try to articulate the conceptual difference between the two approaches and briefly demonstrate that object-centered sociality helps us to understand better why some social networking services succeed while others don’t….


Social Objects – The Participatory Museum

Chapter 4: Social ObjectsImagine looking at an object not for its artistic or historical significance but for its ability to spark conversation. Every museum has artifacts that lend themselves naturally to social experiences….

Ubiquitous ID Center

ucode is the identification number system that identifies objects and places in the real world uniquely. Information can be associated with objects and places, and the associated information can be retrieved by using ucode.

Use sound to share data

Chirp is an incredible new way to share your stuff – using sound. Chirp sings information from one iPhone to another. Share photos, webpages, contacts: all from your built-in speaker. Anything’s possible: what will you chirp?