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Ubiquitous computing ( ubicomp ) is a post-desktop model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. In the course of ordinary activities, someone "using" ubiquitous computing engages some computational devices and systems simultaneously, and may not necessarily even be aware that they are doing so. This model is considered an advancement from the older desktop paradigm . More formally, ubiquitous computing is defined as "machines that fit the human environment instead of forcing humans to enter theirs". [ 1 ] This paradigm is also described as pervasive computing , ambient intelligence , [ 2 ] or, more recently, everyware , [ 3 ] where each term emphasizes slightly different aspects. When primarily concerning the objects involved, it is also physical computing , the Internet of Things , haptic computing , [ 4 ] and things that think .
Thank you to all the organisers, volunteers and attendees involved in making Pervasive 2012 a success. From 2013, Pervasive and UbiComp conferences will merge . The first joint conference will be UbiComp 2013 , held in Zurich, Switzerland. Pervasive 2012, the Tenth International Conference on Pervasive Computing, will be at Newcastle University in the UK in June 2012. This annual conference is the premier forum for researchers to present their latest results in all areas related to the architecture, design, implementation, application and evaluation of pervasive computing. Pervasive 2012 will include a highly selective program for technical papers, accompanied by late-breaking result posters, videos, demonstrations, workshops, a doctoral colloquium and other events.