Using context and preferences to implement self-adapting pervasive computing applications

Henricksen, Karen, Indulska, Jadwiga and Rakotonirainy, Andry (2006) Using context and preferences to implement self-adapting pervasive computing applications. Software: Practice and Experience, 36 11-12: 1307-1330. doi:10.1002/spe.760

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Author Henricksen, Karen
Indulska, Jadwiga
Rakotonirainy, Andry
Title Using context and preferences to implement self-adapting pervasive computing applications
Journal name Software: Practice and Experience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0644
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/spe.760
Volume 36
Issue 11-12
Start page 1307
End page 1330
Total pages 24
Editor M. Aksit
T. Elrad
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
289900 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
700399 Communication services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Applications that exploit contextual information in order to adapt their behaviour to dynamically changing operating environments and user requirements are increasingly being explored as part of the vision of pervasive or ubiquitous computing. Despite recent advances in infrastructure to support these applications through the acquisition, interpretation and dissemination of context data from sensors, they remain prohibitively difficult to develop and have made little penetration beyond the laboratory. This situation persists largely due to a lack of appropriately high-level abstractions for describing, reasoning about and exploiting context information as a basis for adaptation. In this paper, we present our efforts to address this challenge, focusing on our novel approach involving the use of preference information as a basis for making flexible adaptation decisions. We also discuss our experiences in applying our conceptual and software frameworks for context and preference modelling to a case study involving the development of an adaptive communication application.
Keyword Context-awareness
Self-adapting applications
Pervasive computing
Preference modelling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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