Design and Implementation of Context-Aware Musuem Guide Agents

Ichiro SATOH  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E93-D   No.4   pp.789-799
Publication Date: 2010/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E93.D.789
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge-Based Software Engineering)
Category: Agent-based System
user navigation,  mobile agent,  context-aware service,  RFID,  

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This paper presents an agent-based system for building and operating context-aware services in public spaces, including museums. The system provides users with agents and detects the locations of users and deploys location-aware user-assistant agents at computers near the their current locations by using active RFID-tags. When a visitor moves between exhibits in a museum, this dynamically deploys his/her agent at the computers close to the exhibits by using mobile agent technology. It annotates the exhibits in his/her personalized form and navigate him/her user to the next exhibits along his/her routes. It also introduces user movement as a natural approach to interacting between users and agents. To demonstrate the utility and effectiveness of the system, we constructed location/user-aware visitor-guide services and experimented them for two weeks in a public museum.