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Dr.-Ing. Darren Carlson

Darren Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the UH Academy for Creative Media (ACM). His research interests include Cyber-physical Systems; Ubiquitous Computing; Internet of Things; Adaptive Edge Computing; Physical User Experience Design; and Interactive Digital Media Systems. Dr. Carlson founded and currently leads the Ambient Computing Group, which develops next-generation frameworks and algorithms for the emerging Internet of Things and Web of Things. The Ambient Computing Group has established an award-winning research track that emphasizes practical outcomes and open collaboration with international partner organizations and open source communities.

From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Carlson was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS). From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Telematics (ITM) at the University of Lübeck. In these roles, he established a research program that explores new approaches for building smart, cyber-physical computing systems that connect people with each other, with digital information and with the physical world around them. He is the recipient of multiple research grant awards from highly competitive institutions such as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the renowned Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Dr. Carlson's earlier work spanned academic, consulting and industrial research settings, including several years as a Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He has published widely in the areas of ubiquitous and mobile computing, authored adaptive media streaming patents, and served as a computer science lecturer at the University of Lübeck, the International School of New Media and Karlsruhe University. He is also the founder of the Ambient Dynamix project, a popular plug-and-play IoT framework for mobile devices.

Dr. Carlson received his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Science from the University of Lübeck (Germany) in 2009 for a dissertation titled "Ocean: Towards Web-scale Context-aware Computing." He received his MSc (Highest Distinction Honors) in Digital Media from the University of Lübeck - ISNM (Germany) in 2005 for research in extensible ubiquitous computing infrastructure. He graduated with a BSc (Summa Cum Laude) from Minnesota State University Mankato (USA) in 1998, where he specialized in digital systems and wireless communications.

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