Socio-technical Design of Ubiquitous Computing Systems

  • Klaus David
  • Kurt Geihs
  • Jan Marco Leimeister
  • Alexander Roßnagel
  • Ludger Schmidt
  • Gerd Stumme
  • Arno Wacker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Michaela Schuldt, Thomas Schulz, Hendrik Skistims, Julia Zirfas
      Pages 21-37
    3. Matthias Söllner, Axel Hoffmann, Holger Hoffmann, Arno Wacker, Jan Marco Leimeister
      Pages 39-58
    4. Kay Behrenbruch, Matthias Söllner, Michaela Schuldt, Ludger Schmidt
      Pages 59-70
    5. Michael Wagner, Christoph Evers, Kurt Geihs
      Pages 89-108
    6. Christoph Scholz, Bjoern-Elmar Macek, Martin Atzmueller, Stephan Doerfel, Gerd Stumme
      Pages 109-129
    7. Christian Voigtmann, Klaus David
      Pages 131-150
    8. Olga Kieselmann, Nils Kopal, Arno Wacker
      Pages 151-171
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Alexander Roßnagel, Silke Jandt, Kurt Geihs
      Pages 175-190
    3. Axel Hoffmann, Matthias Söllner, Holger Hoffmann, Jan Marco Leimeister
      Pages 191-209
    4. Romy Kniewel, Christoph Evers, Ludger Schmidt, Kurt Geihs
      Pages 211-232
    5. Kurt Geihs, Christoph Evers, Stefan Niemczyk
      Pages 233-244
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Stefan Niemczyk, Romy Kniewel, Thomas Schulz, Matthias Söllner
      Pages 247-260
    3. Martin Atzmueller, Kay Behrenbruch, Axel Hoffmann, Mark Kibanov, Bjoern-Elmar Macek, Christoph Scholz et al.
      Pages 261-275
    4. Christian Voigtmann, Matthias Söllner, Klaus David, Jan Marco Leimeister
      Pages 277-294
  6. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Kay Behrenbruch, Olga Kieselmann, Michaela Schuldt, Matthias Söllner, Ludger Schmidt
      Pages 297-319
    3. Alexander Roßnagel, Michaela Schuldt, Thomas Schulz, Julia Zirfas
      Pages 321-338
  7. Conclusion and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Arno Wacker, Jan Marco Leimeister, Holger Hoffmann
      Pages 341-353

About this book


By using various data inputs, ubiquitous computing systems detect their current usage context, automatically adapt their services to the user’s situational needs and interact with other services or resources in their environment on an ad-hoc basis.

Designing such self-adaptive, context-aware knowledge processing systems is, in itself, a formidable challenge. This book presents core findings from the VENUS project at the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) at Kassel University, where researchers from different fields, such as computer science, information systems, human-computer interaction and law, together seek to find general principles and guidelines for the design of socially aware ubiquitous computing systems. To this end, system usability, user trust in the technology and adherence to privacy laws and regulations were treated as particularly important criteria in the context of socio-technical system design.

During the project, a comprehensive blueprint for systematic, interdisciplinary software development was developed, covering the particular functional and non-functional design aspects of ubiquitous computing at the interface between technology and human beings. The organization of the book reflects the structure of the VENUS work program. After an introductory part I, part II provides the groundwork for VENUS by presenting foundational results from all four disciplines involved. Subsequently, part III focuses on methodological research funneling the development activities into a common framework. Part IV then covers the design of the demonstrators that were built in order to develop and evaluate the VENUS method. Finally, part V is dedicated to the evaluation phase to assess the user acceptance of the new approach and applications.

The presented findings are especially important for researchers in computer science, information systems, and human-computer interaction, but also for everyone working on the acceptance of new technologies in society in general.


Collaboration in software development Collaborative and social computing Context-aware applications Contextual design Human and societal aspects of security and privacy Mobile information processing systems Requirements engineering Social networks Ubiquitous computing User models

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus David
    • 1
  • Kurt Geihs
    • 2
  • Jan Marco Leimeister
    • 3
  • Alexander Roßnagel
    • 4
  • Ludger Schmidt
    • 5
  • Gerd Stumme
    • 6
  • Arno Wacker
    • 7
  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.University of KasselKasselGermany
  3. 3.University of KasselKasselGermany
  4. 4.University of KasselKasselGermany
  5. 5.University of KasselKasselGermany
  6. 6.University of KasselKasselGermany
  7. 7.University of KasselKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05043-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05044-7
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