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Context-Aware Ubiquitous Computing


Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrader

Darren Carlson

Ubiquitous Computing, Internet of Things

The rapid expansion of networked computation into our everyday lives often results in physical environments with an increased potential for Ubicomp support. Often times, however, Ubicomp support is underutilized due to the nature of many real-world networked resources; which are often highly heterogeneous, unsystematically organized, unpredictably available and not inherently interoperable. To overcome these challenges, the ISNM Ambient Ocean project (Ocean) is exploring novel ways of harnessing the collective wisdom of users operating within these complex environments. In Ocean, we assume networked resources will rarely provide a means for deploying heavyweight Ubicomp software components. Rather, we are developing a plug-in-centric, smart-client framework which enables appropriate client components to be installed on-demand; including plug-ins for context detection, resource control, protocol adaptation and collaborative filtering. We hypothesize that plug-in-based extensibility combined with community-based collaborative filtering will help improve and simplify adhoc compositions of potentially powerful ambient resources.

More information can be found at:

  • Darren Carlson
    Ocean: Towards Web-scale Context-aware Computing
    A community-centric, wide-area approach for in-situ, context-mediated component discovery and composition
    Doctoral Thesis, ISNM, University of Lübeck, July 2009.
  • Darren Carlson and Andreas Schrader
    Ocean: Simplifying Real World Ubicomp
    Workshop on System Support for Ubiquitous Computing (UbiSys'2006) at the 8th Annual Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2006)
    Orange County, California, USA, September 17-21, 2006.