On the design of context-aware applications

Boris Shishkov, Marten J. van Sinderen

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    Ignoring the dynamic context of users may lead to suboptimal applications. Hence, context-aware applications have emerged, that are aware of the end-user context situation (for example, “user is at home", “user is travelling"geen id), and provide the desirable services corresponding to the situation at hand. Developing context aware applications is not a trivial task nevertheless and the following related challenges have been identified: (i) Properly deciding what physical context to ‘sense’ and what high-level context information to pass to an application, and bridging the gap between raw context data and high level context information; (ii) Deciding which end-user context situations to consider and which to ignore; (iii) Modeling context-aware application behavior including ‘switching’ between alternative application behaviors. In this paper, we have furthered related work on context-aware application design, by explicitly discussing each of the mentioned interrelated challenges and proposing corresponding solution directions, supported by small-scale illustrative examples. It is expected that this contribution would usefully support the current efforts to improve context-aware application development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Enterprise Systems and Technology (I-WEST 2008)
    EditorsJ. Cordeiro, Marten J. van Sinderen, Boris Shishkov
    Place of PublicationPortugal
    PublisherINSTICC PRESS
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-989-8111-50-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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