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regulations regarding the missing »foundations of ubiquitous computing and iot«

as there will still be not foundations of ubiquitous computing and iot VU in the coming semester, the study dean and the program coordination agreed on the following interim reguation: any other course from the main subject interactive media can be used as a substitute in the module digital media - interaction and environment.

this is how it works: if you consult the official curriculum pdf, on page 6 you will find the list of main subjects (prüfungsfächer). one of the subjects is interactive media. you can use any 6 ECTS course you find in the list of modules for this subject as a substitute for the missing foundations of ubiquitous computing and iot, which itself is part of the module digital media - interaction and environment. this regulation is valid until after the semester the course has been offered for the first time.

the ultimate reason why this course is still missing is that a filling of a vacant professor position is taking (much) longer than expected.

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update on ws 2019 and beyond

  • i have successfully secured the support of two excellent external teachers for the »free and open technologies« (the missing part of the essentials module »media technologies, emergent and open technologies« in »emergent technologies«). i am in the process of applying for an external teaching contract for them. if everything works as planned, they will start teachning this october.

  • »responsible research and innovation« was first offered last winter semester by the wonderful people of IHS. due to other committments, this course will shift to summer semester. thus, it will not happen this winter, but rather in summer 2020.

  • regarding the module »digital art«, both courses will according to all accounts be held in summer 2020. »theory and practice of media art« will be offered by the same people as 2018, and »appropriation and authorship« will be organised by the reknown austrian media artists and design practitioners thomas haberfellner and jörg piringer.

  • »explorative design« will once again be compressed into a single semester in summer 2020.

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missing courses status

just a quick update on the situation on the courses that have not been offered yet:

  • i’m in the progress of assembling a team that will be offering »free and open technologies« in fall 2019. there is even a backup plan in place, so that you can count on »free and open technologies« being offered in october 2019.

  • »foundations of ubicom and IoT« will be covered if and when the current process of finding a professor for ubiquitous computing can be completed successfully. as the process is confidential, i don’t know too much myself, but there are signs that towards the end of 2019, we will actually have a professor for ubiquitous computing who will then offer this course.

if you have any further questions regarding these courses, contact the coordiantor of this master program (purg (a) igw.tuwien.ac.at) or post into the #general-channel of the »Beyond the Desktop« slack.

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transitory regluations v 2.0

on 26. sept, the curricular commission approved an addendum to the transitory regulations (übergangsbestimmungen) that makes the transition from the old medieninformatik program to the new media and human-centered computing program much more transparent and predictable. it has yet to be approved by the senate, but this usually is not a problem once the curricular commission has passed it.

you can download the current version here, if you have any questions regarding the regulations, you can visit peter purgathofer during his office hours (tue 12:15-12:00) or write to #general on the »beyond the desktop« slack. if you are not on the btd-slack yet, ask a colleague to invite you.

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explorative design

since explorative design is a mere optional subject now, the course will not be offered in winter semester 2018. there will be a compressed version of explorative design in summer semester, where you can make exde 1 + 2 both during the sommer term (warning: that is 12 ECTS, more than 1/3 of typical semester!!). 

also, it is planned to offer critical design VU in the summer term. 

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VU + PR »responsible research and innovation«

i was able to convince colleagues from the institute of technology assessment (austrian academy of sciences) to offer the new foundations module on responsible research and innovation. the institute has a long tradition and a lot of experience in the field of responsible research and innovation. the only possible obstacle left is if the course cannot be approved due to lack of ressources. 

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