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An approach to domain-based scalable context management architecture in pervasive environments

Jaroucheh, Zakwan; Liu, Xiaodong; Smith, Sally


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Prof Sally Smith
Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development and Professor


In pervasive environments, context management systems are expected to administrate large volume of contextual information that is captured from spatial to nonspatial elements. Research in context-aware computing produced a number of middleware systems for context management to intermediate the communications between applications and context providers. In particular, in pervasive environments, the design of distributed storage, retrieval and propagation mechanisms of context information across domains is vital. In this paper, we propose a domain-based approach to address the requirements of scalable distributed context management, cross-domain efficient context information dissemination and domainbased privacy policy enforcement. We propose infinitum, a middleware architecture that incorporates the management and communication benefits of the Google Wave Federation Protocol, while also taking advantage of the semantic and inference benefits of ontology-based context models. This architecture establishes a robust cross-domain scalable context management and collaboration framework, which has been implemented and evaluated in a real-life application of ‘‘SMART University’’ to support virtual team collaboration.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2011
Publication Date 2012-08
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2011
Print ISSN 1617-4909
Electronic ISSN 1617-4917
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 741-755
Keywords Management Science and Operations Research; Hardware and Architecture; Computer Science Applications
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Contract Date May 16, 2017