Reasoning about context in uncertain pervasive computing environments

P. Haghighi, S. Krishnaswamy, A. Zaslavsky, M. Gaber

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Context-awareness is a key to enabling intelligent adaptation in pervasive computing applications that need to cope with dynamic and uncertain environments. Addressing uncertainty is one of the major issues in context-based situation modeling and reasoning approaches. Uncertainty can be caused by inaccuracy, ambiguity or incompleteness of sensed context. However, there is another aspect of uncertainty that is associated with human concepts and real-world situations. In this paper we propose and validate a Fuzzy Situation Inference (FSI) technique that is able to represent uncertain situations and reflect delta changes of context in the situation inference results. The FSI model integrates fuzzy logic principles into the Context Spaces (CS) model, a formal and general context reasoning and modeling technique for pervasive computing environments. The strengths of fuzzy logic for modeling and reasoning of imperfect context and vague situations are combined with the CS model’s underlying theoretical basis for supporting context-aware pervasive computing scenarios. An implementation and evaluation of the FSI model are presented to highlight the benefits of the FSI technique for context reasoning under uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventThird European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context EuroSSC - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 29 Oct 200831 Oct 2008


ConferenceThird European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context EuroSSC


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