Ubsummit 2010 keynote

Towards a Ubiquitous Network Society: Challenges in Creating Smart Spaces Everywhere

Professor Hideyuki Tokuda, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

Monday 17 May 2010 at 17:00-18:00

Stock Exchange, Fabianinktu 14, Helsinki


Pervasive computing and communication is the key technology for achieving economic growth, sustainable development, safe and secure community towards a ubiquitous network society. Although the technology alone cannot solve the emerging problems, it is important to deploy services everywhere and reach real people. We have been creating smart spaces where every object is connected to networks seamlessly and supports our everyday life. In smart spaces, we can test new context-aware ubiquitous services for easy deployment.

In this talk, we will discuss the issues and challenges in creating smart spaces everywhere. We first review the ubiquitous network projects in Japan. Then, we discuss applications and architecture for creating various types of smart spaces. Several applications such as DIY smart object services, uCare services, follow-me services, real-time ranking service for consumers, and an environmental monitoring service for a city park are described. We then address the challenges in creating smart spaces and conclude with the importance of creating social and technological innovation together for future society.


Hideyuki Tokuda is Dean of the Graduate School of Media and Governance and a Professor of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan.

His research interests include ubiquitous computing systems, smart spaces, sensor networks, distributed real-time operating systems and embedded systems. He has created many distributed real-time operating systems and software tools such as Real-Time Mach, the ARTS Kernel, Shoshin, Scheduler 1-2-3, and ARM (Advanced Real-Time Monitor). He also created many UbiComp platforms such as Smart Space Lab., Smart Furniture, uPhoto, uTexture and uPlatea. Because of his research and educational contributions, he was awarded the Motorola Foundation Award, the IBM Faculty Award, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication Award in Japan.

He is a corresponding member of Science Council of Japan, IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) Fellow and a member of the IEEE, ACM, IPSJ, IEICE. He was a general chair of UbiComp2005 in Tokyo and a co-general chair of Pervasive2009 in Nara.

Hideuyki Tokuda