Pervasive Computing: Living in the World of invisible Chips

Second Dialogue on Science,
October 15 to 17, 2003


Registration of Participants


Opening of the Conference

Klaus Hug

President of the Foundation


Chair: Klaus Hug

Wissenschaft und Vertrauen – In Zeichen der Unsicherheit

Kathinka Evers

University of Uppsala, Sweden


Chair: Klaus Hug

Pervasive Computing: connected -> aware -> smart

Alois Ferscha

University of Linz, Austria


Chair: Klaus Hug

Is pervasive Computing leading to Post-Humanism?

Gérald Berthoud

University of Lausanne


Chair: Klaus Hug


Abt Berchtold Müller

Engelberg Monastery


Welcome Reception


Chair: Dr. Dominik Galliker

Public Evening (in German): Are Computers Diluting Authority?





Morning Activity «In the Spirit of the Location»


Chair: Bruno Porro

Pervasive Nanotechnology

Heinrich Rohrer

Nobel Laureate


Chair: Bruno Porro

Growing Impact of pervavisve Computing

Krishna Nathan

IBM Zurich Research Laboratory


Chair: Bruno Porro

How realistic are the Scenarios of pervasive Computing?

Michael Friedewald

Fraunhofer Institute Systems and Innovation Research ISI, DE


Chair: Bruno Porro

The innovative Power of smart Things

Elgar Fleisch

Institute for Technology Management University of St. Gallen


Chair: Bruno Porro

Pervasive Computing – Wonderful Future or Fabulous Illusion?

Friedemann Mattern

ETH Zurich




Morning Activity «In the Spirit of the Location»


Chair: Ulrich W. Suter

Trust the Computer – but how far?

Joseph Weizenbaum

MIT, Cambridge USA


Chair: Ulrich W. Suter

Concluding Remarks and Outlook for 2004

Klaus Hug

President of the Foundation



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