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October-December 2010 (vol. 9 no. 4)
pp. 13-15
Paul Lukowicz, University of Passau, Germany
Mary G. Baker, HP Labs Palo Alto
Joseph Paradiso, MIT Media Lab
Pervasive computing technology can save lives by both eliminating the need for humans to work in hostile environments and supporting them when they do. In general, environments that are hazardous to humans are hard on technology as well. This issue contains three articles and a Spotlight column that illustrate the challenges of designing this technology and implementing it in hostile environments.

1. X. Jiang et al., "Ubiquitous Computing for Firefighters: Field Studies and Prototypes of Large Displays for Incident Command," Proc. SIGCHI Conf. Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Press, 2004, pp. 679–686.
2. I. Nourbakhsh et al., "Human-Robot Teaming for Search and Rescue," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 4, no. 1, 2005, pp. 72–79.
3. S. Julier et al., "BARS: Battlefield Augmented Reality System," Proc. NATO Symp. Information Processing Techniques for Military Systems, 2000; http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2ADP010892.
4. R. Szewczyk et al., "An Analysis of a Large Scale Habitat Monitoring Application," Proc. 2nd Int'l Conf. Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, ACM Press, 2004, pp. 214–226.
5. J. Partan, J. Kurose, and B.N. Levine, "A Survey of Practical Issues in Underwater Networks," ACM SIGMOBILE Mobile Computing and Communications Review, vol. 11, no. 4, 2007, pp. 23–33.
6. M. Bächlin, K. Förster, and G. Tröster, "SwimMaster: A Wearable Assistant for Swimmer," Proc. 11th Int'l Conf. Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 09), ACM Press, 2009, pp. 215–224.
7. F. Michahelles and B. Schiele, "Sensing and Monitoring Professional Skiers," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 40–46.
8. I.F. Akyildiz et al., "Wireless Sensor Networks: A Survey," Computer Networks, vol. 38, no. 4, 2002, pp. 393–422.
9. P. Lukowicz et al., "WearIT@Work: Toward Real-World Industrial Wearable Computing," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 6, no. 4, 2007, pp. 8–13.

Index Terms:
Hostile environments, firefighting, search and rescue, environmental monitoring
Citation:
Paul Lukowicz, Mary G. Baker, Joseph Paradiso, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Hostile Environments," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 13-15, Oct.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2010.80
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