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by way of [log in to unmask] Lars Heide
Mon, 17 Jan 2000 11:21:12 +0100
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Dear Colleague,

There will be an information workshop for the upcoming call on the

'The Disappearing Computer',

on Tuesday 1st February, 2000
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Location: Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels.

Please come along if you might be interesting in submitting a proposal or in meeting potential partners. If you wish to come please inform us by sending a confirmation email to  [log in to unmask]

A similar meeting will be held again on March 28th for those who can't make it in February.

A draft brochure describing the aims of the call for proposals is enclosed, and a full information document will be available shortly on the website below.

General information is available on

A partner brokerage service is available on

Please pass on this email to anybody that you think might be interested.

Jakub Wejchert, for the dc team


Call for proposals
The disappearing computer

vision of the future
A vision of the future is one in which our everyday world of objects and places become 'infused' and 'augmented' with information processing. In this vision computing, information processing, and computers, disappear into the background, and take on the role more similar to that of electricity today - an invisible, pervasive medium distributed in our real world. In contrast, what will appear  to people are new artefacts and augmented places that support and enhance activities in natural, simple and intuitive ways.

mission statement
The 'disappearing computer' will explore how everyday life can be supported and enhanced through the use of interacting artefacts. It will investigate how to create artefacts and how these work together to form new, people-friendly environments. Work will focus on three inter-linked objectives.

create artefacts
This objective focuses on how technology can be integrated into everyday objects, and how does this relate to the overall design and creation of an artefact

new functionality
This objective considers how can artefacts can be modular, aware and work together. It leads to how functionality can be made to be adaptable, and how can it 'emerge', from collections of artefacts, or their re-combination by people.

people's experience
Collections of artefacts will together produce whole environments that are distributed in real locations and open to many people to use. This considers how people will participate in these, and how to ensure that experience is coherent, natural and appropriately engaging.

The disappearing computer
The disappearing computer is a new initiative launched by Future and Emerging Technologies, of the European Commission's IST Programme. The call for proposals aims to attract: technologists (communication, devices, embedded systems), designers, architects, social scientists and anybody else who feels that they can contribute, from companies, research institutes and universities alike.

submitting a proposal
The deadline for receipt of proposals is tentatively May 10th 2000.

On a voluntary basis, proposers are welcome to submit pre-proposals, for which feedback will be given. A pre-proposal should be no longer than one page of text.

Pre-proposals are receivable at any time up to 31st March 2000.

further information
e-mail: [log in to unmask]