Rapidly Building Visual Management Systems for Context-Aware Services

Ichiro SATOH  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E91-D   No.9   pp.2251-2258
Publication Date: 2008/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e91-d.9.2251
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Section on Autonomous Decentralized Systems Theories and Application Deployments)
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Keyword: 
ubiquitous computing,  graphical user interface,  system management,  context-aware computing,  

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Summary: 
A component framework for building and operating visual interfaces for context-aware services in ubiquitous computing environments is presented. By using a compound-document technology, it provides physical entities, places, stationary or mobile computing devices, and services with visual components as multimedia representations to enable them to be annotated and controlled them. It can automatically assemble visual components into a visual interface for monitoring and managing context-aware services according to the spatial-containment relationships between their targets in the physical world by using underlying location-sensing systems. End-users can manually deploy and customize context-aware services through user-friendly GUI-based manipulations for editing documents. This paper presents the design for this framework and describes its implementation and practical applications in user/location-aware assistant systems in two museums.