Context-awareness in smart spaces

Susanna Pantsar-Syväniemi, Kirsti Simula, Eila Ovaska

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Any of our living environments can form a smart space that provides services and applications for the users according to their situations, the computing and communication facilities of the environment and the surroundings of the user. The ability to take into account the context of the user, and the digital and physical environment makes a space smart. This paper introduces a set of new capabilities that are required for achieving context-awareness in smart spaces. First, sensor data from the environment is acquired and aggregated. Second, the context data is interpreted and represented and possibly enhanced with external information. Thereafter, context reasoning is possible. Finally, situation based context reasoning is made by application agents that exploit domain ontologies for tuning context information to the situation in hand. The use of the introduced context-awareness concept is exemplified by an emergency scenario of a smart city.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability for Smart Spaces (SISS 2010)
Subtitle of host publicationThe IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications ISCC 2010
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-7755-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-7754-8, 978-1-4244-7753-1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event1st International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability for Smart Spaces, SISS 2010: In conjunction with the IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications, ISCC 2010 - Riccione, Italy
Duration: 22 Jun 201022 Jun 2010
Conference number: 1

Publication series

SeriesIEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)


Workshop1st International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability for Smart Spaces, SISS 2010
Abbreviated titleSISS 2010


  • Ontology
  • context awareness
  • smart space


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