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Self-organization for multi-component multi-media environments

: Hellenschmidt, M.; Kirste, T.

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Kortuem, G.:
Workshop on Ubiquitous Display Environments 2004
Nottingham, 2004
6 S.
Workshop on Ubiquitous Display Environments <2004, Nottingham, UK>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IGD ()
ambient intelligence; multimedia appliance; middleware; self-organizing system

The vision of Ambient Intelligence is based on the ubiquity of information technology, the presence of computation, communication, and sensorial capabilities in an unlimited abundance of everyday appliances and environments. While today's experimental smart environments are carefully designed by hand, future ambient intelligent infrastructures must be able to configure themselves from the available components in order to be effective in the real world. But enabling an ensemble of devices to spontaneously act and cooperate coherently requires software technologies that support self-organization. In this paper, we outline the SODAPOP middleware, which aims at addressing the challenges raised by such environments. In contrast to other approaches, SODAPOP uses a two-stage o-model for structuring multi-agent systems and provides unique facilities for coordinating the activities of competing agents through domain specific conflict resolution strategies. The use of SODAPOP is illustrated by realizing a smart conference room whose capabilities may be extended ad hoc throug dynamically added devices.