School of Informatics | Topics in Informatics
I590 | 9622 | D. Groth


Topic: Mobile and Pen-Based Computing

This section is open to graduate students only and requires
departmental authorization.

See Prof. Dennis Groth for permission

The objective of the HP/UITS Mobility Competition was to provide
students an opportunity to be exposed to the technical and business
issues associated with mobile technology solutions. Over the course
of the spring semester, students have been working in self-directed,
cross-disciplinary teams to develop a working prototype and business
case for delivering aspects of IUís course management system
OnCourse to wireless/mobile access devices such as a PDA.

Integrated teams of four students from the Kelley School of
Businessí MSIS program, the Arts & Sciencesí Computer Science
program, MIME, and Informatics participated in the competition and
associated coursework through the sponsorship of the University
Information Technology Services (UITS) and Hewlett-Packard, with
facilities provided through the newGraduate Centerís Technology
Studio.

Technically, the teams were charged with developing the business
logic necessary to design and develop an application (to run on an
application server) that would access the OnCourse database and
deliver content to a wireless PDA in the appropriate html format.
From the business perspective, students were also charged with
developing a business case (i.e., the arguments for whyóor why notó
UITS should pursue efforts to enable Mobile OnCourse). The teamsí
projects were judged by representatives from IU and Hewlett-Packard
as well as faculty who have been overseeing the course on the
following criteria: Business case,design document (rational for
Mobile OnCourse system design), prototype evaluation, and
presentation.