Towards a Better Understanding of Context and Context-Awareness

Abstract

The use of context is important in interactive applications. It is particularly important for applications where the user's context is changing rapidly , such as in both handheld and ubiquitous computing. In order to better understand how we can use context and facilitate the building of context-aware applications, we need to more fully understand what constitutes a context-aware application and what context is. Towards this goal, we have surveyed existing work in context-aware computing. In this paper, we provide an overview of the results of this survey and, in particular, definitions and categories of context and context-aware. We conclude with recommendations for how this better understanding of context inform a framework for the development of context-aware applications.

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-48157-5_29

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