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Dr Gerd Kortuem

Lecturer in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Director MSc Programme in E-Business and Innovation


Room: D17
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510324
Fax: +44 (0) 1524 510492
Email: kortuem


CSM 07 : Ubiquitous Computing (Masters)
EBIN 521 : Technologies for E-Business (Undergraduate)
EBIN 525 : IT Architecture (Undergraduate)

Research Themes

Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Human-Cenetered Computing, Internet of Things

Overview of Activities

In my research I focus on the development of ubiquitous information systems for the workplace, the home and public settings. Ubiquitous information systems are systems for collecting, presenting, using information about the physical and human world we inhabit. Such systems consists of interconnected device - such as mobile phones, wearable computers, smart everyday objects, and sensors - that are embedded in the physical world or attached to people and objects. Ubiquitous information systems give rise to people-centric sensing applications in which people are both producers and consumers of sensed data. My work spans across system layers and is concerned with software systems, user experience and applications.

My current activities focus on three areas:

  • Smart objects and the Internet of Things
  • Display networks for public settings
  • Mobile collaborative systems with spatial awareness
I am the principle investigator of the NEMO project, a major interdisciplinary collaboration that is exploring the use of embedded systems to help improve health and safety in industrial workplaces (www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/nemo). In addition I am leading the Lancaster activities of the EC sponsored ALLOW project which investigates flow-based programming models and user interface technologies for pervasive environments (http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/computing/html/research/projects/project.php?pid=249).


Gerd Kortuem is a Lecturer in the Computing Department at Lancaster University and Director of the MSc Programme in E-Business and Innovation, a collaboration between Management School and Computing Department. He has been a visiting research scientist at Technical University Darmstadt and has worked at Apple Computer, Cupertion, USA and IBM Science Centre, Germany. He has participated actively in the mobile computing research community and served in a number of roles including Program Chair for EuroSSC 2007 and Program Committee member for Internet of Things 2008, International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2005-07, Pervasive Computing Conference 2004 and International Conference on Wearable Computers 1999. Dr Kortuem holds a Diplom in Computer Science from Stuttgart University, Germany and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Oregon, USA.

Selected Publications

For a complete lists of publications please see www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~kortuem

[Edited Proceedings] Gerd Kortuem, Joe Finney, Rodger Lea, Vasughi Sundramoorthy (Editors). Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 4793, Springer, Oct 2007.

[Paper] Gerd Kortuem, David Alford, Linden Ball, Jerry Busby, Nigel Davies, Christos Efstratiou, Joe Finney, Marian Iszatt White, Katharina Kinder. Sensor Networks or Smart Artifacts? An Exploration of Organizational Issues of An Industrial Health and Safety Monitoring System. In Proceedings of The Ninth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2007), Sept 16-19, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria.

[Paper] David Molyneaux, Hans Gellersen, Gerd Kortuem, Bernt Schiele. Cooperative Augmentation of Smart Objects with Projector-Camera Systems. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2007), 16-19 September, Innsbruck, Austria.

[Paper] Urs Bischoff, Gerd Kortuem. A Compiler for the Smart Space. In Proceedings 2nd European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI 2007), November 7-10, 2007, Darmstadt, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).

[Paper] Urs Bischoff, Vasughi Sundramoorthy, Gerd Kortuem. Programming the Smart Home. In Proceedings 3rd IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 2007), Ulm, September 24-25, 2007.

[Paper] James Brown, Joe Finney, Christos Efstratiou, Ben Green, Nigel Davies, Mark Lowton, Gerd Kortuem. Network Interrupts: Supporting Delay Sensitive Applications in Low Power Wireless Control Networks. In Proceedings ACM MobiCom 2007 Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS 2007), Montreal, Canada, September 14, 2007.

[Paper] Christos Efstratiou, Nigel Davies, Gerd Kortuem, Joe Finney, Rob Hooper, Mark Lowton. Experiences of Designing and Deploying Intelligent Sensor Nodes to Monitor Hand-Arm Vibrations in the Field. In Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2007), Puerto Rico, 11-14 June 2007.

[Edited Proceedings] Gerd Kortuem, Vasughi Sundramoorty, Utz Roedig (Editors). Sensornet: North West UK Sensor Network Day, Lancaster University, May 2007, ISBN 1862201986.

[Paper] Nigel Davies, Christos Efstratiou, Joe Finney, Rob Hooper, Gerd Kortuem, Mark Lowton. Sensing Danger Challenges in Supporting Health and Safety Compliance in the Field. In Proceedings of The 8th IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile 2007), Tucson, Arizona, February 26-27, 2007.

[Paper] Urs Bischoff, Gerd Kortuem. State-based Programming Model and System for Wireless Sensor Networks. IEEE PerCom Workshop on Sensor Networks and Systems for Pervasive Computing (PerSens) (March 19-23, 2007, White Plains, NY, USA.

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