Plantcare: An investigation in practical ubiquitous systems

Anthony LaMarca, Waylon Brunette, David Koizumi, Matthew Lease, Stefan B. Sigurdsson, Kevin Sikorski, Dieter Fox, Gaetano Borriello

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24 Scopus citations


Ubiquitous computing is finally becoming a reality. However, there are many practical issues that stand in the way of mass acceptance. We have been investigating these practical concerns within the context of an autonomous application that takes care of houseplants using a sensor network and a mobile robot. We believe that emphasizing autonomy and thereby minimizing demands on users will help us address the many practical concerns that will arise not only in PlantCare but also in many other ubiquitous applications. In this paper, we discuss the technical challenges that we have encountered while trying to make PlantCare a reality and report on our experience in addressing these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiquitous Computing - 4th International Conference, UbiComp 2002, Proceedings
EditorsGaetano Borriello, Gaetano Borriello, Lars Erik Holmquist
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)3540442677, 9783540442677
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2002 - Goteborg, Sweden
Duration: Sep 29 2002Oct 1 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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