Title: A framework for context-aware home-health monitoring

Authors: Alessandra Esposito, Luciano Tarricone, Marco Zappatore, Luca Catarinucci, Riccardo Colella

Addresses: Department of Engineering of Innovation, University of Lecce, Via Monteroni, Lecce, Italy. ' Department of Engineering of Innovation, University of Lecce, Via Monteroni, Lecce, Italy. ' Department of Engineering of Innovation, University of Lecce, Via Monteroni, Lecce, Italy. ' Department of Engineering of Innovation, University of Lecce, Via Monteroni, Lecce, Italy. ' Department of Engineering of Innovation, University of Lecce, Via Monteroni, Lecce, Italy

Abstract: This paper presents a proposal for a context-aware framework. The framework is organised according to a general purpose architecture, centred around an ontological context representation. The ontology provides the vocabulary upon which software agents interoperate and perform rule-based reasoning, in order to determine the system response to context changes. Context data are provided by both static and dynamic sources, the core of which is a novel low-cost device enabling the integration of sensor networks with RFID systems. This paper describes system components and their coordinated operations by providing a simple example of concrete application in a home-care scenario.

Keywords: software agents; context awareness; home health monitoring; logic; ontology; ubiquitous computing; adaptive; multi-agent systems; agent-based systems; rule-based reasoning; home care; sensor networks; RFID; radio frequency identification; healthcare.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAACS.2010.030313

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.75 - 91

Published online: 14 Dec 2009 *

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