Welcome to the Special Technical Community on Wearable and Ubiquitouse Computing

About the Editors

STC Chair

Christian Timmerer
 an assistant professor in the Department of Information Technology (ITEC), Multimedia Communication Group (MMC), Klagenfurt University, Austria. His research interests include the transport of multimedia content, multimedia adaptation in constrained and streaming environments, distributed multimedia adaptation, and Quality of Service / Quality of Experience. He was the general chair of WIAMIS 2008 and EUMOB2009 and has participated in several EC-funded projects, notably DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, and ALICANTE. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably in the area of MPEG-21, MPEG-M, and MPEG-V. He received his PhD in 2006 from the Klagenfurt University. Publications and MPEG contributions can be found under http://research.timmerer.com, follow him onhttp://www.twitter.com/timse7, and subscribe to his blog http://blog.timmerer.com.

STC Co-Chair

George K. Thiruvathukal
 is an associate professor of computer science at Loyola University Chicago in the Computer Science department, where he also serves as computing director and co-director of the Emerging Technologies Laboratory (www.etl.luc.edu). His research and teaching interests include computing history, parallel and distributed systems, programming and markup languages, and free and open source software. He also has extensive multidisciplinary interests, including digital humanities, music, environmental science, and bioinformatics. He holds a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He also serves as an associate editor forComputing in Science and Engineering, co-published by IEEE Computer Society and the American Institute of Physics. He's a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM. He is also the coauthor of High Performance Java Platform Computing, which is now available freely online athttp://hpjpc.googlecode.com. To contact him, please visit www.cs.luc.edu/gkt.


PD Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Klamma has a a diploma degree, a doctoral degree and a habilitation all in computer science from RWTH Aachen University. Currently, Ralf Klamma leads the research group “metadata in community information systems” at the information systems chair, RWTH Aachen University. His research covers information systems theory, the application of information systems in engineering, cultural sciences, and virtual communities, social software, social network analysis, technology enhanced learning, geographic information systems, cultural heritage management, and new product development. In 2001, he spent several months as a visiting fellow at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center of Sloan School of Management, followed by stand-in professorships TU Chemnitz, the University of Passau, and in 2010 a guest professorship for multimedia communities at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He serves as associate editor for international journals like IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) and Springer SNAM and chaired conference like EC-TEL, ICWL and IEEE Ubi-Media. He has published in various research journals and conference proceedings. He is reviewer for international journals like CACM, IEEE Multimedia, IEEE TKDE, IEEE Internet Computing, ACM TIST, ACM TMIS, MTAP, JNCA, or Information Systems and conferences including ICIS, ECIS, CAiSE, ACM CHI, ACM Multimedia, EC-TEL, IEEE ICALT, IEEE EDUCON, IEEE MUE, ACM GROUP, ACM Hypertext, ACM CSCW, CSCL and others. He is member of the German Informatics Society (GI-29676). You can follow him on his blog http://beamtenherrschaft.blogspot.com and on twitter http://twitter.com/klamma.

Dr. Pablo Cesar is a tenure track researcher in the Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures research group at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He has (co)authored over 40 articles (conference papers and journal articles) about multimedia systems and infrastructures, social media sharing, interactive media, multimedia content modelling, and user interaction. He is involved in standardization activities (e.g., SMIL from W3C) and has been active in a number of European projects such as Passepartout, SPICE, iNEM4U, and Ta2. He is co-editor of the book "Social Interactive Television: Immersive Shared Experiences and Perspectives" and has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference. Webpage: http://homepages.cwi.nl/~garcia/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/pablocesar2661

Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator. He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine where he is doing research in Event Web and experiential computing. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The university of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. His current research interests are in searching multimedia data and creating EventWebs for experiential computing. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010. Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. These companies were PRAJA in event-based business activity monitoring (acquired by Tibco); Virage for media management solutions and visual information management (a NASDAQ company acquired by Autonomy); and ImageWare for surface modeling, reverse engineering rapid prototyping, and inspection (acquired by SDRC); Lambent (acquired by GlobalLogic); and Seraja. Currently he is involved in two new start-ups as cofounder and advisor: mChron and Stikco Studio. He has also been advisor to several other companies including some of the largest companies in media and search space.

Dr. Keith Mitchell is a researcher, entrepreneur and mountain biker. He is currently a Research Fellow within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and has over 13 years research experience of collaborative projects within the broad areas of computer communication and distributed systems. He is also the co-founder and director of 21media innovations ltd, a technology based spinout from the University of Lancaster. His current research interests are related to peer-to-peer, IPTV, content centric networking, personalisation/recommender systems and social informatics. He has experience of EU collaborative research projects and is currently work package leader for the EU FP7 project P2P-Next Living Lab trials. He has previous experience of collaborating with industrial partners such as Microsoft Research, Orange and Cisco and the BBC for the purposes of R&D. He has published within International workshops and conferences as well as published within peer reviewed journals. He was co-workshop organiser for the ACM Multimedia 2010 workshop on advanced video streaming techniques for peer-to-peer networks and social networking. He has also served as an expert evaluator for the European Commission during previous FP7 calls. When he is not working, he loves hitting the trials around the UK on his beloved mountain bike. Contact him via his webpage http://www.21media.tv/or follow him on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/specialized

Since 2008, Ian S. Burnett has been Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne and was previously with the University of Wollongong. His research interests extend from speech and audio compression and processing through to multimedia delivery and perception. Ian was Australian Head of Delegation to MPEG from 2002-2007 and from 2004-2007 chaired the Multimedia Description Schemes subgroup at MPEG where he was extensively involved in the standardisation of MPEG-21. He was the editor of the ‘MPEG-21 book’ which describes the Multimedia Delivery Framework and an editor of several parts of the standard. In the commercial world, Ian was a founder, and the founding CTO until June 2007, of enikos pty ltd, a start-up created to exploit IP generated in the MPEG-21 space. His current research in multimedia focuses on deep tagging of video content, and new approaches to web content on mobile devices while in audio he is working on multizone and walkthrough spatial audio systems.

Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes is Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research where he is 
leading new initiatives at the intersection of web-scale data analysis and user understanding (user engagement & improving user experience). Dr. Jaimes is the founder of the ACM Multimedia Interactive Art program, Industry Track chair for ACM RecSys 2010 and UMAP 2009, and panels chair for KDD 2009. He was program cochair of ACM Multimedia 2008, co-editor of the IEEE Trans. on Multimedia Special issue on Integration of Context and Content for Multimedia Management (2008), and a founding member of the IEEE CS Taskforce on Human-Centered Computing. His work has led to over 70 technical publications in international conferences and journals, and to numerous contributions to MPEG-7. He has been granted several patents, and serves in the program committee of several international conferences. He has been an invited speaker at Practitioner Web Analytics 2010, CIVR 2010, ECML-PKDD 2010 and KDD 2009 and (Industry tracks), ACM Recommender Systems 2008 (panel), DAGM 2008 (keynote), 2007 ICCV Workshop on HCI, and several others. Before joining Yahoo! Dr. Jaimes was a visiting professor at U. Carlos III in Madrid and founded and managed the User Modeling and Data Mining group at Telefónica Research. Prior to that Dr. Jaimes was Scientific Manager at IDIAP-EPFL (Switzerland), and was previously at Fuji Xerox (Japan), IBM TJ Watson (USA), IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory (Japan), Siemens Corporate Research (USA), and AT&T Bell Laboratories (USA). Dr. Jaimes received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2003) and a M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia U. (1997) in NYC.

Jérôme Picault is a research engineer at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, France, since 2008. He graduated from the Institut National des Télécommunications, France, in 2001. He is currently working on social networks. Prior to joining Bell Labs, Jérôme spent 8 years as Senior Research Engineer in Motorola Labs where he developed research in agent-based architectures and mobile services, context-awareness, social networks and recommender systems. He is the author of 30 patent applications and 20 publications on intelligent systems, personalization and related topics. He has co-organized several workshops: UbiDeUM (Ubiquitous and Decentralized User Modeling at UM’07) and PRSAT 2010 (Practical Use of Recommender Systems, Algorithms and Technologies at RecSys 2010). He is also a PC member for several conferences or journals (e.g. ESWC’10, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, WWW'...)

Sagee Ben-Zedeff is an innovator, entrepreneur and avid music fan. He is the co-founder & CEO of Serendip Media (http://serendip.me), a personalized, social music service connecting music fans around the social space according to their music interests. Sagee has over 15 years experience of inventing, designing, and implementing products in the broad areas of visual communication and video-based consumer products. Formerly Sagee worked for RADVISION (NASDAQ:RVSN) where he lead the research and development of its media processing infrastructure, and later was Director of New Technologies in the CTO's office and Director of Product Management, in charge of video communication solutions for the consumer market. Sagee is the inventor of several patents in the fields of visual communications, network optimization, and collaboration. He also has experience of EU collaborative research projects and was driving the concpetion of EU FP7 project InEvent. Before RADVISION Sagee was part of the founding team of Meicom Technologies, acquired in 2003 by DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG), and worked for Meicom Technologies and NICE Systems. In his scarce spare time, he is the proud father of two boys, an avid music fan, plays amateurs league basketball and is a twitterholic. Contact him via http://about.me/sageeb or follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/sageeb.

Thomas Gottron
is PostDoc and research assistant at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau. His research interests are in the area of Information Retrieval in the context of social networks and social media, in the field of Web Science and in the analysis and management of online communities. He is the technical coordinator of the EC project ROBUST -- Risk and Opportunity management of huge-scale BUSiness communiTy cooperation. In 2011 he contributed to the EC expert group on "Vision 2020 on Networked Media and Beyond". A list of recent publications can be found at http://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/koblenz/fb4/AGStaab/Persons/Gottron and follow him on http://twitter.com/tgottron.

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IEEE CS STC Project Manager

Dejan Milojicic is the STC project manager and Editor-in-Chief of Computing Now. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Parallel & Distributed Technologies, IEEE Concurrency, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, and IEEE Internet Computing magazines. He chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Operating Systems and has been involved with several other technical committees and Computer Society-sponsored conferences. Dejan is a senior research manager at HP Labs. He has worked in the areas of operating systems and distributed systems for more than 20 years. He has been engaged in standardization bodies, such as OMG and GGF. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Usenix. He has a BSc and an MSc from University of Belgrade and a PhD from University of Kaiserslautern. He can be reached atcomputing_now@computer.org.

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