What do a light bulb, a tooth brush, a vacuum cleaner, a t-shirt, tennis rocket, bicycle and a car have in common …..? All of them have been equipped with sensors and connectivity and can be accessed through a smart phone. We are increasing surrounded by such sensor enabled, interconnected things and there is hardly anything left that we do that does not leave a digital imprint. Intelligent (?) digital systems are increasing embedded in all areas of our life. The boundaries between the digital, the physical and social world are increasingly becoming blurred. How will this change our lives ? How can we leverage the increasing confluence of the digital and the physical worlds to create beneficial services to both individuals and the society ?
Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz has been both Scientific Director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) and Chair of Embedded Intelligence in the Computer Science Department at TUK in Kaiserslautern since 2012. His main research areas are in context-specific, wearable recognition systems which include pattern recognition, system architectures, models, complex self-organising systems and their applications.