The Institute for Pervasive Computing (at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, JKU) is among the first research institutions worldwide to address the research issues arising from networked embedded systems being integrated into objects and environments of everyday life systematically and from different angles of perspective.

Headed by Prof. Alois Ferscha since his start at the JKU in the year 2000, now more than 15 permanent researchers contribute to the lines of research at the department, ranging from Networked Embedded Systems and Architectures (pervasive, mobile, ubiquitous and wearable computing; autonomic computing and wireless embedded systems; ambient intelligence), to Coordination and Interaction (coordination models; cooperative and opportunistic sensing, goal oriented cooperative systems, ensembles of digital artefacts and "networks of things"; implicit and explicit interaction, spontaneous interaction; self-organization and self-management).

The department has also focussed research activities within the Pervasive Computing domain aligned along Awareness (identity management, localization and positioning, tagging, tracking and authentication), Intelligence (machine learning and pattern recognition, reasoning and planning), Appliances ("smart things", "smart environments", tangible interaction, wearable computers), Natural Interfaces (multimodal interaction, gestural interaction, haptics, olfactory interaction) and Software Architecture (middleware, service management, coordination architectures). The research initiative of the department has lead to a consolidated research programme also at the level of the whole University - the "Exzellenzinititative Pervasive Computing", under the leadership of A. Ferscha.