Ubicomp Reading List (v1, October 2006)


The goal of the reading list is to ensure that Ubicomp students are familiar with a broad body of work in ubiquitous computing. It does not constitute "everything you need to know," but rather provides an overview of those perspectives that will allow students to critically engage with the research literature, and position their own work within it. It is selective and representative rather than exhaustive.


Agre, P. 2001. Changing Places: Contexts of Awareness in Computing. Human-Computer Interaction, 16(2-4), 177-192. [PDF]

Bardram, J., Hansen, T., Mogensen, M., and Soegaard, M. 2006. Experiences from Real-World Deployment of Context-Aware Technologies in a Hospital Environment. Proc. Intl. Conf. Ubiquitous Computing Ubicomp 2006 (Orange County, CA), 369-386. [PDF]

Barkhuus, L., Chalmers, M., Tennent, P., Hall, M., Bell, M., Sherwood, S., and Brown, B. 2005. Picking Pockets on the Lawn: The Development of Tactics and Strategies in a Mobile Game. Proc. Intl. Conf. Ubiquitous Computing Ubicomp 2005 (Tokyo, Japan). Springer. [focus on the arguments about seamfulness] [PDF]

Bell, G. and Dourish, P. 2007. Yesterday's Tomorrows: Notes on Ubiquitous Computing's Dominant Vision. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 11(2), 133-143. [PDF]

Benford, S., Crabtree, A., Flintham, M., Drozd, A., Anastasi, R., Paxton, M., Tandavanitj, N., Adams, M., and Row-Farr, J. 2006. Can you see me now? ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 13, 1 (Mar. 2006), 100-133. [PDF]

Consolvo, S., Smith, I., Matthews, T., LaMarca, A., Tabert, J., and Powledge, P. 2005. Location disclosure to social relations: why, when, & what people want to share. Proc. ACM Conf. Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2005 (Portland, OR), 81-90. [PDF]

Dourish, P. 2004. What We Talk About When We Talk About Context. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 8(1), 19-30. [PDF]

Dourish, P. and Bell, G. 2007. The Experience of Infrastructure and the Infrastructure of Experience: Meaning and Structure in Everyday Encounters with Space. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34, 3, 414-430. [PDF]

Hightower, J. 2003. From position to place. Proceedings of Ubicomp 2003 Workshop on Location-Aware Computing, 10-12 [PDF]

Hightower, J. and Borriello, G. 2001. Location systems for ubiquitous computing. IEEE Computer, 34 (8), 57-66. [PDF]

Hightower, J. Brumitt, B. and Borriello, G. 2002. The Location Stack: A Layered Model for Location in Ubiquitous Computing. Proc. of the Fourth IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, IEEE Computer Society. [PDF]

Ito, M. and Okabe, D. 2005b. Technosocial Situations: Emergent Structurings of Mobile Email Use. In Ito, M., Okabe, D., and Matsuda, M. (eds). Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life, 257-273. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [PDF]

Krumm, J., Williams, L., and Smith, G. 2002. SmartMoveX on a Graph - An Inexpensive Active Badge Tracker. Proc. of the 4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing Ubicomp 2002 (Gotenburg, Sweden), [PDF]

LaMarca, A., Chawathe, T., Consolvo, S., Hightower, J., Smith, I., Scott, J., Sohn, T., Howard, J., Hughes, J., Potter, F., Tabert, J., Powledge, P., Borriello, G., and Schilit, B. 2005. Placelab: Device Positioning Using Radio Beacons in the Wild. Proc. Pervasive 2005 (Munich, Germany). IEEE. [PDF]

Patterson, D., Liao, L., Fox, D. and Kautz, H. 2003. Inferring high-level behavior from low-level sensors. Proc. Intl. Conf. Ubiquitous Computing Ubicomp 2003 (Seattle, WA), 73-89. [PDF]

Seidel, S. and Rappaport, T. 1992. 914 mhz path loss prediction models for indoor wireless communications in multifloored buildings. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 40 (2), 207-217. [PDF]

Sengers, P., Kaye, J., Boehner, K., Fairbank, J., Gay, G., Medinskiy, Y., and Wyche, S. 2004. Culturally Embedded Computing. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Jan-Mar, 14-21. [PDF]

Spigel, L. 2005. Designing the Smart House: Posthuman Domesticity and Conspicuous Production. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8(4), 403-426. [PDF]

Want, R. 2003. RFID: A key to automating everything. Scientific American, 290 (1), 56-65. [PDF]

Weiser, M. 1991. The Computer for the 21st Century. Scientific American, September, 94-100. [PDF]