Pervasive Human Centric Computing (SMA 5508)

A network map.

In this image depicting connections between devices on a home computer network, objects are named after places in London. The connections and their destinations model the complexity and pervasiveness found in everyday life. (Image courtesy of Andrew Wallace.)


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Spring 2006



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Course Description

This course is broad, covering a wide range of topics that have to do with the post-pc era of computing. It is a hands-on project course that also includes some foundational subjects. Students will program iPAQ handheld computers, cell phones (series 60 phones), speech processing, vision, Cricket location systems, GPS, and more. Most of the programming will be using Python®, but Python® can be learned and mastered during the course.

This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5508 (Pervasive Computing).

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Larry Rudolph. 6.883 Pervasive Human Centric Computing (SMA 5508). Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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