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Ubiquitous Computing

The Adelaide Auto-ID Lab is one of seven labs world wide leading research efforts into Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet of Things, connecting objects and people in the physical world to digital information on the Internet.

We are a unique multidisciplinary research team spanning computer science, engineering, and health and medical sciences, collaborating internationally to understand, design and realise future large scale ubiquitous computing while developing innovative applications to solve societal challenges.

Ubiquitous Computing - the Internet of Things

Our research results help drive fundamental advances in:

  • wearable computing and embedded systems
    (building systems that can harvest power and run without batteries and can be seamlessly integrated into the fabric of life such as your clothing)
  • human activity recognition
    (automatically identifying daily activities such as cooking, getting out of bed using machine learning approaches using wearable and environmental sensors)
  • lightweight cryptography
    (low cost security for resource constrained devices such as RFID tags and wireless sensors)
  • pervasive interaction
    (exploring the possible interactions between people, technologies and representations)
  • social appliances
    (developing social 'things' and merging the physical and human divide)

and new applications in areas such as:

  • supporting older people stay at home longer
  • preventing falls (e.g. acute hospitals, residential care)
  • developing anti-counterfeiting technology (e.g. preventing counterfeiting in pharmaceuticals)
  • supporting Australia's aged care workforce to better look after our older people
  • the shaping of global standards in cooperation with GS1 (a not-for-profit, organisation that develops and maintains international standards).
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