| Carl Friedrich Gauß Faculty | Department of Computer Science

Real World Sensor Nodes and Second Life: Interconnecting first and second life

SupervisorDaniel Röhr
ProfessorProf. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beigl
IBR GroupDUS (Prof. Beigl)

Thesis Type:

The thesis can be done as semester thesis.

The DUS research group:

The Distributed and Ubiquitous Systems (DUS) research group works together with well-known international partners from research and industry in the field of ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems.

Ubiquitous Computing:

A vision of ubiquitous computing is the invisible computer. Computer as visible elements of our environment disappear. To the human user, the environment or everyday things become the user interface. All in one computing systems are substituted by specialized, well-designed appliances. The user no longer has the feeling to interact with a computing system but with common everyday objects in his environment.

Project Description:

In the context of this semester thesis, the student will analyse the design space for and the potentials of using real world sensor data as input for the virtual world Second Life.

In the beginning the student will elaborate on the conceptual foundations on connecting the real and physical world with a virtual world community as Second Life. An example for those connections would be a direct, representative 1:1 connection: if a light source is switched on in the real world, its equivalent is switched on in the virtual world. An example of a direct, symbolic connection would be the visualization of the presence of n people by controlling the brightness of a virtual light source. Here, people are not represnted directly, but only symbolic (brightness = number of people). Keywords for a potential design space are e.g. discrete-continuous, linear-nonlinear, direct-indirect, representative-symbolic, ...

After the modeling of the design space for the interconnection of first and second world on a rather theoretical basis, in a practical part of the semester thesis the following tasks will be realized:

  • modeling of the 1st floor of the computer science building, especially the rooms and labs of the DUS research group
  • implementation and deployment of sensor nodes in the real world for data acquisition of useful phenomena
  • development of an interconnection to Second Life
  • visualization of sensor data in Second Life

Work Context:

We offer:

  • Integration in German, European and international projects
  • Strong connection to practial problem domains and good industry relationships
  • Creative and dynamic working context with a strong international focus
  • Direct contact with the computer science institute and with the research group and its members

We request:

  • communication skills, creativity, self and time management
  • fluent German language skill, English a plus
  • Willingness to acquire new knowledge and its application
  • Personal initiative and presence in the research lab

last changed 2008-07-16, 11:47 by Daniel Röhr