Prof. Marc Langheinrich

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Faculty of Informatics (Office: SI-106)
Via G. Buffi 13
6904 Lugano, Switzerland
phone: +41 58 666 4304

About Marc

Marc Langheinrich is an Associate Professor for Computer Science at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, where he heads the Research Group for Ubiquitous Computing since September 2008. Marc received a masters degree (Diplom) in computer science from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1997, and his PhD (Dr. sc.) from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. Starting in the fall of 1995, he spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington, where he also completed his thesis work in the fields of information retrieval and software agents. In the fall of 1997 he joined NEC Research in Japan where he worked on projects involving personalization and electronic commerce. From Oct.'99 to Aug.'08 he was a researcher at the Institute for Pervasive Computing at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Research interests

Marc's main research interest lies at the intersection of privacy and ubiquitous computing. It is easy to imagine that in a world full of invisible sensory systems, comprehensive digital dossiers could be easily and inconspicuously collected. This poses several challenges to the design of ubiquitous systems: Which communication protocols ensure adequate levels of privacy protection? How can user interfaces be structured to provide users with control over their personal information? And how feasible is a comprehensive protection in a world of countless "smart" devices?

For more information about current projects, see the Research Overview page.


See the Course Overview page for a list of current courses.


In Press

Krontiris, I., M. Langheinrich, and K. Shilton, "Trust and Privacy in Mobile Experience Sharing - Future Challenges and Avenues for Research". In: IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. Special issue on Mobile Crowd Sensing . IEEE, In Press.
Elhart, I., M. Langheinrich, and N. Memarovic, "Integrating Interactive Applications with Digital Signage: Towards a Scheduling Framework for Pervasive Displays". In: 2014 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM 2014 Workshops, In Press.  Download: 1569868451.pdf (129.21 KB)


Davies, N., M. Langheinrich, S. Clinch, I. Elhart, A. Friday, T. Kubitza, and B. Surajbali, "Personalisation and Privacy in Future Pervasive Display Networks". In: CHI '14: Proceedings of the 32th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Toronto, ON, Canada, April 26 - May 1, 2014. . New York, NY, USA: ACM, April 2014.


Memarovic, N., K. Cheverst, M. Langheinrich, I. Elhart, and F. Alt, "Tethered or Free to Roam: The Design Space of Limiting Content Access on Community Displays". In: The Second International Symposium on Pervasive Displays. ACM, June 4-5, 2013.  Download: memarovic-PerDis2013.pdf (258.55 KB)
De Luca, A., E. von Zezschwitz, N. D. H. Nguyen, M. - E. Maurer, E. Rubegni, M. P. Scipioni, and M. Langheinrich, "Back-of-Device Authentication on Smartphones". In: CHI '13: Proceedings of the 31th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Paris, France, April 27 - May 2, 2013. . New York, NY, USA: ACM, May 2013, pp. 2389-2398.
Elhart, I., N. Memarovic, M. Langheinrich, and E. Rubegni, "Control and Scheduling Interface for Public Displays". In: The 2013 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing Adjunct Publication. ACM, 2013.  Download: webat-demo.pdf (315.36 KB)