IMT4306 - Introduction to Research in Mobile/Wearable Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

NOTE: The course is offered as a subject if sufficient number of students sign up.

The topics of this course will include some from the list below, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile and non-mobile Decentralized and distributed systems
  • Mobile and non-mobile Peer-to-peer systems
  • Mobile and non-mobile Blockchain-based systems
  • Mobile and non-mobile Identity and Self-sovereign identity systems
  • Mobile and wearable device limitations and strengths
  • Usability, UI, and UX of mobile and wearable devices
  • Data logging and user behavioral tracking
  • Health and Education related research with and on mobile devices
  • Efficiency and optimization on mobile platforms (e.g. GPU, CPU, battery life, etc)
  • Mobiles and the relationship to cloud services and cloud technologies
  • Image and video processing on mobile devices
  • Mobile GPUs and GPU-based processing
  • Ethical considerations for mobile sensing and recording
  • Legal frameworks for mobile applications, with the focus on EU, US and Norway
  • Releasing and updating mobile apps
  • Publishing, distribution channels, monetization on mobile platforms
  • Mobile advertisement
  • Mobile and ubiquitous games
  • Mobile Augmented Reality

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the course, students possess the following:


  • understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of distributed mobile/wearable technology
  • in-depth understanding of development restrictions related to mobile and distributed platforms
  • insight and understanding of the current state of the art research in mobile and distributed platforms
  • an appreciation for future developments in mobile hardware and distributed, peer-to-peer systems
  • understanding of different methodologies for research on mobile/wearable/distributed/decentralized technology


  • ability to analyze existing interactions with mobile/wearable devices and peer-to-peer nodes
  • ability to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the context of mobile/wearable and decentralized technology
  • ability to analyze the role of mobility and decentralization in connection with society
  • ability to critically review literature and case studies on mobile/distributed research topics
  • ability to use insights to solve new problems in the mobile/decentralized systems space
  • ability to express an opinion, review, and counter argue someone else's opinion in a written essay.

General competence

  • ability to analyze ethical issues related to the use of mobile devices and p2p networks
  • ability to present and discuss the results of research work, to computer scientists and subject matter experts, and to general public
  • ability to communicate (in a written form) academic issues, analyses, and conclusions
  • ability to contribute to innovative thinking and innovation processes

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Assignments
  • Project work

Additional information:

This course will focus on recent publications in research on mobile and distributed and decentralisation technology. The form of activities might vary from year to year subject to the selection of topics and the size of the group.

Compulsory requirements: None

Further on evaluation

Forms of assessment

  • Portfolio of assignments, together with oral evaluation ("justerende muntlig"), worth: 100%


Subject to an individual agreement with the course responsible.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Applied Computer Science (MACS)
Applied Computer Science (MACS-D)
Interaction Design (MIXD)

Required previous knowledge

No formal requirements.

Course materials

This course will use recently published articles which the students are expected to read before each session. Online materials will be posted each year for students.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4093 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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