Welcome to the Institute of Pervasive Computing!

Pervasive Computing? 

per•va•sive pər-vā′sĭv, -zĭv
English, adjective: existing in or spreading through every part of something

The Institute of Pervasive Computing at Johannes Kepler University Linz is one of the first research institutions worldwide to systematically address, from different perspectives, the research questions arising from the integration of networked embedded systems into objects and environments of everyday life. It has been led by Alois Ferscha since its start at JKU in 2000, working closely with national and international research institutions, global technology leaders and industry.

The research focus of the institute in the area of pervasive computing is on context/awareness (identity management, localization and positioning, tagging, tracking and authentication), attention/cognition and intelligence (machine learning and pattern recognition, reasoning and planning), appliances ("smart things", "smart environments", tangible interaction, wearable computers), natural interfaces (multimodal interaction, gestural interaction, haptics, olfactory interaction) and software architecture (middleware, service management, coordination architectures).


Institute of Pervasive Computing


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz

Visitor's address

Altenberger Strasse 66b, 4040 Linz
Science Park 3, 6th floor, room 0612

Opening hours Office

Mon-Thu: 09.00 - 15.00
& on appointment


+43 732 2468 4760




About us

The Team of the Institute of Pervasive Computing

Contact information and announcements

Library - Site of the Computer Science Library
Loan and return of books by appointment via email to mayr[at]pervasive.jku.at.

Office information
Office & library closed: Oct 22, Oct 25
Library closed: Oct 28-29.

Questions about our courses?
Please contact our team via email to teaching[at]pervasive.jku.at.