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—Recognizing human activities from sensor readings has recently attracted much research interest in pervasive computing. This task is particularly challenging because human activities are often performed in not only a simple (i.e., sequential), but also a complex (i.e., interleaved and concurrent) manner in real life. In this paper, we propose a novel(More)
—Mobile phone localization plays a key role in the fast-growing Location Based Applications domain. Most of the existing localization schemes rely on infrastructure support such as GSM, WiFi or GPS. In this paper, we present FTrack, a novel floor localization system to identify the floor level in a multi-floor building on which a mobile user is located.(More)
Context-awareness plays a key role in a paradigm shift from traditional desktop styled computing to emerging pervasive computing. Many context-aware systems have been built to achieve the vision of pervasive computing and alleviate the human attention bottleneck; however, these systems are far from real world applications. Quality of context is critical in(More)
—Contexts, the pieces of information that capture the characteristics of computing environments, are often inconsistent in the dynamic and uncertain pervasive computing environments. Various schemes have been proposed to check context consistency for pervasive applications. However, existing schemes implicitly assume that the contexts being checked belong(More)
—Understanding and recognizing human activities from sensor readings is an important task in pervasive computing. Existing work on activity recognition mainly focuses on recognizing activities for a single user in a smart home environment. However, in real life, there are often multiple inhabitants live in such an environment. Recognizing activities of not(More)
—Context-awareness is an essential feature of pervasive applications, and runtime detection of contextual properties is one of the primary approaches to enabling context-awareness. However, existing context-aware middleware does not provide sufficient support for detection of contextual properties in asynchronous environments. We argue that in asynchronous(More)