Special Issue "Context Awareness"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Daniele Riboni

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
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Interests: context-awareness; activity recognition; data management and privacy issues in pervasive computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Context-awareness is a fundamental ingredient of pervasive computing. Indeed, the ability of modelling and recognizing the user’s context is necessary to effectively adapt applications and services to his/her needs, goals and expectations. Unfortunately, in most today’s applications, adaptation features are limited to considering location, profile and preferences, disregarding key data such as activities, mood, and social context, just to name a few. Hence, a hot research topic is devising methods to exploit the recent advancements in sensor miniaturization and integration, as well as other information sources such as social networks, for capturing and predicting a comprehensive picture of the user’s context at a fine-grained level. This goal involves several research challenges in the fields of data integration, knowledge representation and management, artificial intelligence, big data analysis, and human-computer interaction. Moreover, acquiring and analysing user’s context data determines several issues in terms of security, privacy, trust and ethics.

The purpose of this special issue is to collect high quality research outcomes from both academy and industry, which may advance the state of the art in context-awareness. Original, high quality contributions that have not yet been published, submitted, or are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Context representation
  • Context reasoning
  • Statistical, symbolic, and hybrid methods for context recognition
  • Recognition of specific context data (activity recognition, mood recognition...)
  • Modelling and recognizing social context
  • Big data analysis for context awareness
  • Context-based adaptation methods and frameworks
  • Context-based middlewares
  • Context-based applications
  • Context-aware human-computer interaction
  • Security, privacy, trust, and ethical issues in context-awareness
Prof. Daniele Riboni
Guest Editor

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  • Context representation and reasoning
  • Context-aware adaptation
  • Context-aware HCI
  • Security, privacy and trust in context-aware computing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Towards a Software Architecture to Provide Ontology-Based Contextualized Data Querying in Legacy Information Systems
Author: Vinícius Maran
Affiliation: INF-UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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