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Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

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This is the class website for the Fall 2011 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing course, CS7470. This course is cross-listed for undergrads as CS4605 and for Industrial Design students as ID4833. Lectures are held 1:35PM - 2:55PM Tuesday and Thursday in Klaus 2447. Most supplementary lessons on prototyping equipment will be held in the Tech Square Research Building (TSRB).




Gregory D. Abowd (abowd AT gatech.edu) 
Office: Tech Square Research Building, Third Floor, Room 329 
OR Health Systems Institute, 2nd Floor, Room 210B 
Office Hours: by email appointment




Edison Thomaz (ethomaz AT gatech.edu)
Office: Tech Square Research Building, Third Floor, Room 329 Student Area
Office Hours: by email appointment




Krumm, J. (2009). Ubiquitous Computing (1st ed.). Chapman & Hall/CRC. http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquitous-Computing-Fundamentals-John-Krumm/dp/1420093606





Everyone in the class will be expected to read the required readings and to sign up for the additional readings. We will expect each student who signs up for additional readings to be able to comment on those readings and they will be required to produce a 1-paragraph summary of the reading that is relevant to the class lecture after class. Each student needs to do this twice during the semester as part of the class participation grade. We will give quizzes in class (unannounced) to test for the required reading.



How-To Seminars


We will be offering seminars outside of class on the following topics:

  • Soldering and Basic Electrical Prototyping
  • Microcontroller Programming
  • 3D-Printer, Laser Cutter, and Vacuum Form Machine
  • Sewing and Conductive Textiles 


IRB/Ethics Certification


Regardless of whether you think you will be conducting a user study or not for your projects, you are required as part of your grade in this course to be certified to do human subjects research. Please follow these steps:


  1. Go to the CITI website
  2. Register for a new account with Georgia Institute of Technology as the Participating Institution and your GT ID # as your Employee #
  3. Choose Group 2 - Social/Behavioral
  4. Choose the Basic Course and complete all of the modules
  5. After completing all the modules, your completion report will be submitted to the IRB. Please check that it has been updated in their system within 48 hours by logging in at Georgia Tech's IRBWise website.
  6. To get credit for completing this assignment, please print out and bring your CITI training completion report by the end of the second week in September.



Note: If you already have certification from a previous class or research project, all you need to do is the final step above.


Getting IRB Approval for a User Study


If you are doing a user study for Project 2, you need to get an IRB Protocol submitted ASAP. Normally, the approval process takes 3-4 weeks, and you must have approval before beginning a user study. In order to submit a protocol, go to the IRBWise website and log in. On your main account page, go to “My Protocols” and click “Submit New Protocol.” This will take you to a web form that you will need to fill out. For Research Personnel, make sure to have Thad as the primary investigator (PI) and everyone in your group as students.


Here is a sample webform filled out for a past approved protocol that you can base yours on. You will also need to write up and submit an informed consent form, plus any evaluation protocol or recruitment emails/flyers that you use. Here is a sample of the informed consent document that you can base yours on. Here is a sample of the evaluation protocol that you can base yours on.


After you finish all this, you must notify Gregory in person to get him to submit the form.




This is a project course and centers around two main projects. The tentative dates for the two projects are listed in the calendar above. Groups for the projects can consist of four people. Remember that the students enrolled in this class have a wide range of skills - from hardware to software to design - so it would be wise to find groupmates who compliment your own abilities. Due to the smaller number of Industrial Design students enrolled in the course, there can be a maximum of only one Industrial Design student per group. If your group does not have an Industrial Design student, then you will need to set up a meeting with Professor Zeagler to review your design decisions.


Please ensure that the project you end up choosing fits the following criteria:


  • It doesn't already exist. If you can find a paper or other work that covers the work you propose to do, try again.
  • It's gradable. We want to give good grades for good work, but we need to be able to evaluate your results.


If you are unsure about your project idea, just email or come talk to us.


Here are a list of project ideas that we would enjoy seeing groups pick up, however you may also explore any idea you like, so long as you can defend your choice.


Important Dates


Your group will then need to write up your idea and submit a proposal following the Proposal Guidelines by September 14th.

Your group will need to submit your paper and video following the Project1 Paper/Video Guidelines by October 21st.

Your group will need to submit your Project 2 proposal following the Proposal Guidelines by November 9th.

Project 2 papers will follow the same format and guidelines as Project 1 papers with one important difference: it will be in a four page format instead of two page. Please note that this means either two pages front-and-back or four pages front.

Here are the Project 2 papers.




  • Class Participation - 10%
  • Exams - 40%
  • Project 1 - 20%
    • Proposal - 5%
    • Project work - 10%
    • Paper & Video - 5%
  • Project 2 - 30%
    • Proposal - 5%
    • Project work - 10%
    • Paper & Video - 10%
    • Presentation - 5%



Grades will be posted on T-Square.


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