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Context management in an agent-based approach for service assistance in the domain of consumer electronics

: Schirmer, J.; Bach, H.

urn:nbn:de:0011-n-39905 (104 KByte PDF)
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Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung -IGD-, Aussenstelle Rostock -EGD-:
IMC 2000. Intelligent Interactive Assistance & Mobile Multimedia Computing. Proceedings
Online im WWW, 2000
IMC <2000, Rostock>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IGD ()
consumer electronics; context; context-aware computing; situated computing; situation awareness; multi-agent system; agent communication language; KQML; XML

In this article, we will give an overview of a context management facility that provides the required knowledge base and event mechanism to enable situation-aware assistance in the domain of consumer electronics. The automatic acquisition of information about the ecological and technical environment, as well as the »working« situation and preferences of the end-user, together establish the usage context and play an important role for a personalized, efficient information access and pro-active service offering. We propose an interface and architecture of a context management component (CONJURER), which is integrated into a multi-agent system. The context manager s main task is to provide the current usage context. Agents in the system query or change the context using appropriate KQML messages.