We are witnessing a significant expansion and penetration of wireless appliances, sensors, smart phones, and PDAs in a wide range of domains such as smart homes, hospitals and elderly home care. This expansion of the highly dynamic pervasive computing paradigm is expected to continue over the decade. In this paradigm, context-awareness is the ability of a system to (i) adapt to an ever-changing landscape of users, sensors, devices and information and (ii) proactively anticipate a user's needs without placing the burden on the user. Consequently, one highly important component of a context-aware system is context reasoning, because it provides system flexibility and automated run-time decision-making based on preconfigured criteria. The thesis proposes a domain-independent framework for managing context awareness in different applications. The framework, built from already available open-source components, is intended to be able to support the development of context-aware applications for different domains (health-care is an important example). In addition, the thesis proposes a new context-aware reasoning approach that uses goal-oriented models (CRGO) as run-time entities and provides more flexibility and configurability than the commonly used rule-based context reasoning.

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Title Domain Independent Context Awareness Framework
Authors Mira Vrbaski
Type Thesis
Conference/Journal Title M.Sc.A. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Publisher Carleton University
Month December
Year 2012
Pages 120
Keywords Context, CARGO, GRL, UCM, jUCMNav
Topic revision: r1 - 20 Apr 2014, DanielAmyot
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