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Christiane Reisse, Christoph Burghardt, Florian Marquardt, Thomas Kirste, and Adelinde M Uhrmacher (2008)

Smart Environments Meet the Semantic Web

In: Proceedings of the 7th International ACM Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, ed. by Arkady Zaslavsky and Mikael Wiberg, pp. 88-91, Umea, Sweden, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Smart Environments are designed to proactively assist their users. One way to achieve this is by composing sequences of  potential user actions and of devices' actions at run time. This requires the actions to be specified in a declarative manner. A favorable formalism for declarative descriptions are semantic web services. In this paper, we describe our approach to proactive assistance in smart environments and explain how semantic web services can be employed as the basic building blocks for such an environment. We provide a state-of-the-art review of existing semantic web service technologies and discuss how they should be enhanced to suit our needs.

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