Engineering context-aware systems and applications: a survey

Alegre, Unai and Augusto, Juan Carlos and Clark, Tony (2016) Engineering context-aware systems and applications: a survey. Journal of Systems and Software, 117 . pp. 55-83. ISSN 0164-1212

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Abstract

Context-awareness is an essential component of systems developed in areas like Intelligent Environments, Pervasive & Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence. In these emerging fields, there is a need for computerized systems to have a higher understanding of the situations in which to provide services or functionalities, to adapt accordingly. The literature shows that researchers modify existing engineering methods in order to better fit the needs of context-aware computing. These efforts are typically disconnected from each other and generally focus on solving specific development issues. We encourage the creation of a more holistic and unified engineering process that is tailored for the demands of these systems. For this purpose, we study the state-of-the-art in the development of context-aware systems, focusing on: A) Methodologies for developing context-aware systems, analyzing the reasons behind their lack of adoption and features that the community wish they can use; B) Context aware system engineering challenges and techniques applied during the most common development stages; C) Context aware systems conceptualization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online 23 February 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Intelligent Environments group
Item ID: 18845
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Depositing User: Unai Alegre
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:25
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18845

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