As part of the 30-month FET-Open Project „Towards Future Pervasive Display Networks“ (PD-NET), we are exploring the scientific challenges of building large scale networks of pervasive public displays and associated sensors. This display network will be designed and implemented to be open to applications and content from many sources and thus provide the foundation for work on a new global communications medium for information access and interaction.
Ultimately, we aim to lay the scientific foundations for a new form of communications medium with the same potential impact on society as radio, television and the Internet. In this talk, I will briefly summarize the project goals and activities and present our initial stakeholder investigations. I will also outline the main privacy and trust issues and describe early architectural sketches.
Marc Langheinrich is assistant professor for Computer Science at the University of Lugano (USI) in Switzerland, where he heads the Research Group for Ubiquitous Computing since September 2008. Marc received his PhD (Dr. sc.) on the topic „Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing“ from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. Marc is one of the authors of P3P, a W3C-standard for privacy on the Web, and has published extensively on privacy aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems (3000+ citations in Google Scholar). Marc is a member of the EU-funded SAPIENT project („Supporting fundamentAl rights, PrIvacy and Ethics in surveillaNce Technologies“), which aims to specify how and when smart surveillance should be used (or not), and of the FET-Open project PD-Net („Towards Future Pervasive Display Networks“), which attempts to lay the scientific foundations for a new form of communications medium based on open networked displays. Marc is a regular program committee member of various conferences and workshops in the areas of pervasive computing, security and privacy, and usability. He is a Steering Committee member of many major conferences in the area of ubiquitous and pervasive computing, such as INSS, Pervasive/UbiComp, and PerCom. Marc also currently serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Internet of Things (IoT) conference series.