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Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

  1. Stephen S. Yau,
  2. Dazhi Huang,
  3. Wei Gao,
  4. Yin Yin

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse246

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Yau, S. S., Huang, D., Gao, W. and Yin, Y. 2008. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–12.

Author Information

  1. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008


The development of wireless communication technology and portable computing devices has led to mobile and ubiquitous computing, which has many applications from intelligent environmental control and smart home appliances, to interactive workspaces, mobile patient-care systems, context-aware tourist guides, and smart classrooms. In this article, an overview of mobile and ubiquitous computing is presented. The current state of research is summarized as follows wireless ad hoc networks, context-and situation-awareness in mobile and ubiquitous computing environments, and techniques for developing mobile and ubiquitous computing software.


  • mobile computing;
  • ubiquitous computing;
  • wireless ad hoc networks;
  • context-awareness/situation-awareness;
  • middleware;
  • software development;
  • human-computer interaction;
  • context and situation modeling