SElfiNtegrating SYstems for Better Living Environments (SENSYBLE)

The SENSYBLE-doctorate program explores adaptive, self-interlacing IT systems for the life world of the future. It is a joint program organized by the Faculty DCSM at the University of Applied Sciences RheinMain and the Institute of Computer Science at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

This Ph.D. program is funded by the Hessen Ministry for Science and the Arts (HMWK).

In the near future, adaptive, self-interlacing IT systems will play a central role in forming solutions for increasingly complex issues that arise from the ubiquitous networking of different devices. The vision developed by Mark Weiser to replace the computer with "smart devices" has partly already become reality. Many everyday devices are readily equipped with similar computing power as conventional PCs. Unfortunately, however, these are largely still subject to proprietary solutions which exclude comprehensive networking and new, meaningful applications for compatible communication between individual devices. The operation  of these various devices is not uniformly solved and especially is not intuitive and self-explanatory for the most part. The interfaces for intuitive administration and adaptive visualization of the emerging "computer ever-presence" almost completely lack the basic prerequisite for further development and the endusers‘ acceptance of the systems.

The central objective of this doctorate program is to develop procedures that ensure the safe and transparent communication of adaptive and self-crosslinking IT systems. In this communication, both the communication between the different systems as well as the communication between users and systems can be understood through the linking of emerging systems.
Solving these problematic issues requires competencies from the most diverse areas of computer sciences - such as theoretical computer science, distributed systems, telecommunications, digital image processing, and visualization needs. By dissolving the university divide and synergizing their competencies, the participating university instructors have forged a multidisciplinary working group through which the cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge will be further intensified.

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