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Albrecht Schmidt

Computing Department
Lancaster University,

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Since December 2006 I hold a joined position between the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) and the University of Bonn. The focus of my work is media informatics, novel user interfaces, and ubiquitous computing.

Please visit the website of my new group: User Interface Engineering. Within the university we are at the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).

I am organizing PERVASIVE 2005 - 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing in Munich, Germany. It will take place in May 2005 - Submission deadline for full papers is October 6 2004.

Please visit my new page at the Embedded Interaction Group ( at the University of Munich - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU - in Germany. I moved there in Mai 2003.

Albrecht Schmidt received an MSc in Computing from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) in 1996. His master thesis was on modual neural networks. In 1997 he finished his Master in computer science at the University of Ulm (Germany). As a research assistant he was working towards a PhD at TecO, University of Karlsruhe (Germany) from 1998 to 2001. He changed to Lancaster University (UK) where he is in now the final year of his PhD. Albrecht Schmidt is working in the area of situated interaction and context-awareness in the research field of ubiquitous computing.

More information is available on my old page at TecO.

My new page at the University of Munich


Short Biography

I have moved to Bonn (Germany) where I start a new group on User Interface Engineering.(December 2006)

Interacting with the Ubiquitous Computer
slides from my keynote @ Mobile HCI 03 in Udine, Italy. (Sept 2003)

I moved to the Media Informatics Group at the University of Munich in Germany (Mai 2003)

"Ubiquitous Computing - Computing in Context" - my PhD thesis is online available - the thesis is about context-awarness, context aware computing, and ubiquitous computing

Check out the preliminary call for Ubicomp 2003

Lancaster Smart-its Hardware Tutorial (Smart-Its Atelier 07/02)

Some new ubicomp development pages are avialble now (Hardware, PICs, ...)


Albrecht Schmidt is interested in the use of sensors to gain context, models and mechanisms to distribute and provide context, and the resulting implications for human computer interaction.

Albrecht Schmidt had a leading role in hard- and software development for the European project 'Technology for Enabling Awareness (TEA)'. In the project a component that can supply context information to mobile devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, and wearable computers was developed. The context is calculated from a number of different sensors (e.g. light, acceleration, temperature, microphones, touch) using a microcontroller.

He was also working on further projects such as 'Aware Goods' and 'Implicit Human Computer Interaction in Wearable Computing'. These projects that were conducted in cooperation with SAP research explored the uses of context in business applications.

Currently Albrecht Schmidt is involved in the project 'Smart-Its' that envision small-scale smart devices that can be attached to mundane everyday artefacts to augment these with a "digital self".


Research Interest

At the University of Karlsruhe Albrecht Schmidt was teaching a class on Web-Technology and Web-Engineering. He also offered a practical course on Web-Technology. The courses covered various different topics, e.g. HTTP details, writing a web-server and a client, client-server programming, web development, site management, ubiquitous web, web-based control systems, etc.



Here is a selection of papers I like most out of about 40 publications I was co-authoring.
For a full list go to the publications page...

                                    more publications ....



Some event that are related to the research areas were I was involved in:



This is a selection of projects that I was concerned with and students that I supervised:



In various courses and projects different examples have been developed. Here are some of them:


Technical Issues & Examples

Still to do - Have a look at my page at TecO



Albrecht Schmidt, MSc, Dipl. Inf.

Computing Department
Engineering Building, Room A13
Lancaster University
Lancaster, UK


Tel: +44 (0) 1524 593675
Fax: +44 (0) 1524 593608


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