The aim of this course is to broaden the experience of students by asking
expert guest lecturers to discuss real-world issues which are of
current interest to the computer community.
Lectures (list updated 9 February 2005)
Wireless Data Services [9 February]
Dr S Garth
Location Technology and Context Aware Systems [11, 14 February]
Professor A. Hopper
Spatial Computing and Cars [[18 February]
Dr J.K. Fawcett
Cryptography, Security, and Ubiquitous Computing [21, 23 February]
Dr F. Stajano
Advanced Protocols [28 February, 2 March]
Dr G. Mapp
Thin Client Systems [4, 7 March]
Dr A. Harter
Location Technology and Context Aware Systems [9 March]
Professor A. Hopper
Broadband fixed wireless access [11 March]
Dr I. Wassell
The Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) [16 March]
Dr A Jones
At the end of the course students should
realise that the range of issues affecting the computer community is
be able to take part in discussions on several subjects at the
frontier of modern computer engineering
Stajano, F.M. (2002). Security for ubiquitous computing. Wiley. ISBN 0-470-84493-0.
Campbell, A. & Nahrstedt, K. (1997). Building QoS into distributed systems. Chapman and Hall. ISBN 0-412-80940-0.
Harter, A., Hopper, A., Steggles, P., Ward, A. & Webster, P. (1999).
The anatomy of a context-aware application. Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM/IEEE International conference on
Mobile computing and Networking (Mobicom '99), Seattle, Washington, USA,
August 15-20 1999. Available for download from
Hopper, A. (1999). Sentient computing.
The Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture 1999.
Available for download from http://www.uk.research.att.com/abstracts.html
Yang, S.J., Nieh, J., Selsky, M. & Tiwari, N. (2002). The performance of remote display mechanisms for thin-client computing. In Proceedings of the 2002 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, Monterey,
CA, June 10-15, 2002, pp. 131-146.
Global Positioning System Overview:
Brown, C.M. & Terzopoulos, D. (ed.) (1995). Real-time Computer Vision. Cambridge University Press.
Webb, W. Introduction to wireless local loop. Second Edition: Broadband and Narrowband Systems.
Broadband Wireless Association: http://www.broadband-wireless.org/