Context-awareness for mobile sensing: a survey and future directions

Yurur, Ozgur, Liu, Chi Harold, Sheng, Zhengguo, Leung, Victor C M, Moreno, Wilfrido and Leung, Kin K (2016) Context-awareness for mobile sensing: a survey and future directions. IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 18 (1). pp. 68-93. ISSN 1553-877X

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The evolution of smartphones together with increasing computational power have empowered developers to create innovative context-aware applications for recognizing user related social and cognitive activities in any situation and at any location. The existence and awareness of the context provides the capability of being conscious of physical environments or situations around mobile device users. This allows network services to respond proactively and intelligently based on such awareness. The key idea behind context-aware applications is to encourage users to collect, analyze and share local sensory knowledge in the purpose for a large scale community use by creating a smart network. The desired network is capable of making autonomous logical decisions to actuate environmental objects, and also assist individuals. However, many open challenges remain, which are mostly arisen due to the middleware services provided in mobile devices have limited resources in terms of power, memory and bandwidth. Thus, it becomes critically important to study how the drawbacks can be elaborated and resolved, and at the same time better understand the opportunities for the research community to contribute to the context-awareness. To this end, this paper surveys the literature over the period of 1991-2014 from the emerging concepts to applications of context-awareness in mobile platforms by providing up-to-date research and future research directions. Moreover, it points out the challenges faced in this regard and enlighten them by proposing possible solutions.

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Keywords: Context;Context modeling;Middleware;Mobile communication;Mobile handsets;Object oriented modeling;Sensors;Context-Awareness;Middleware;Mobile Sensing
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA0174 Engineering design
Depositing User: Zhengguo Sheng
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 08:20
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 06:07

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