Special Issue "Context-Aware Computing and Smart Recommender Systems in the IoT"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

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Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marco Lombardi
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Guest Editor
DIIN, University of Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: context-aware computing; recommender systems; Internet of Things; big data; knowledge management
Dr. Domenico Santaniello
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DIIN, University of Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: machine learning; artificial intelligence; context awareness; situation awareness; Internet of Things; big data
Dr. Zilu Liang
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Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University of Advanced Science, Kyoto, Japan
Interests: ubiquitous computing; wearable computing; personal informatics; digital health
Dr. Muhammad Khan
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ComNets Lab, Department of Computer Science, New York University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: artificial intelligence; TCP congestion control; machi; self-organizing network; cloud radio access networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Context-aware computing describes the development of technologies and applications that can detect data from the surrounding environment and react accordingly with specific actions, reducing and simplifying the human–machine interaction process. The latter automatically offer a range of services to help the user during daily professional or private life by managing the available resources. Therefore, context awareness should be intended as a set of technical features able to provide added value to services in different application segments.

Context changes result in a transformation of the user experience. For this reason, context-aware computing has played a key role in addressing this challenge in previous paradigms, such as mobile and pervasive computing, and is playing a crucial role in the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm. Indeed, thanks to new technologies, a user can access large amounts of content and services with different purposes and requirements in each context. In this scenario, the need arises for recommendation systems that consider users’ personal preferences and all the contextual aspects to recommend the right services and contents at a specific time.

This Special Issue aims to present studies in context-aware computing, recommender systems, and IoT. Researchers are invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue and contribute their models, proposals, reviews, and studies.

Dr. Marco Lombardi
Dr. Domenico Santaniello
Dr. Zilu Liang
Dr. Muhammad Khan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • context-aware computing
  • recommender systems
  • Internet of Things
  • smart environments
  • big data
  • ubiquitous computing
  • wearable computing
  • activity recognition

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Context Aware Recommender Systems: A Novel Approach Based on Matrix Factorization and Contextual Bias
Electronics 2022, 11(7), 1003; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11071003 - 24 Mar 2022
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In the world of Big Data, a tool capable of filtering data and providing choice support is crucial. Recommender Systems have this aim. These have evolved further through the use of information that would improve the ability to suggest. Among the possible exploited [...] Read more.
In the world of Big Data, a tool capable of filtering data and providing choice support is crucial. Recommender Systems have this aim. These have evolved further through the use of information that would improve the ability to suggest. Among the possible exploited information, the context is widely used in literature and leads to the definition of the Context-Aware Recommender System. This paper proposes a Context-Aware Recommender System based on the concept of embedded context. This technique has been tested on different datasets to evaluate its accuracy. In particular, the use of multiple datasets allows a deep analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed approach. The numerical results obtained are promising. Full article
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Crowd Monitoring in Smart Destinations Based on GDPR-Ready Opportunistic RF Scanning and Classification of WiFi Devices to Identify and Classify Visitors’ Origins
Electronics 2022, 11(6), 835; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11060835 - 08 Mar 2022
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Crowd monitoring was an essential measure to deal with over-tourism problems in urban destinations in the pre-COVID era. It will play a crucial role in the pandemic scenario when restarting tourism and making destinations safer. Notably, a Destination Management Organisation (DMO) of a [...] Read more.
Crowd monitoring was an essential measure to deal with over-tourism problems in urban destinations in the pre-COVID era. It will play a crucial role in the pandemic scenario when restarting tourism and making destinations safer. Notably, a Destination Management Organisation (DMO) of a smart destination needs to deploy a technological layer for crowd monitoring that allows data gathering in order to count visitors and distinguish them from residents. The correct identification of visitors versus residents by a DMO, while privacy rights (e.g., Regulation EU 2016/679, also known as GDPR) are ensured, is an ongoing problem that has not been fully solved. In this paper, we describe a novel approach to gathering crowd data by processing (i) massive scanning of WiFi access points of the smart destination to find SSIDs (Service Set Identifier), as well as (ii) the exposed Preferred Network List (PNL) containing the SSIDs of WiFi access points to which WiFi-enabled mobile devices are likely to connect. These data enable us to provide the number of visitors and residents of a crowd at a given point of interest of a tourism destination. A pilot study has been conducted in the city of Alcoi (Spain), comparing data from our approach with data provided by manually filled surveys from the Alcoi Tourist Info office, with an average accuracy of 83%, thus showing the feasibility of our policy to enrich the information system of a smart destination. Full article
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Using Hybrid Deep Learning Models of Sentiment Analysis and Item Genres in Recommender Systems for Streaming Services
Electronics 2021, 10(20), 2459; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10202459 - 10 Oct 2021
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Recommender systems are being used in streaming service platforms to provide users with personalized suggestions to increase user satisfaction. These recommendations are primarily based on data about the interaction of users with the system; however, other information from the large amounts of media [...] Read more.
Recommender systems are being used in streaming service platforms to provide users with personalized suggestions to increase user satisfaction. These recommendations are primarily based on data about the interaction of users with the system; however, other information from the large amounts of media data can be exploited to improve their reliability. In the case of media social data, sentiment analysis of the opinions expressed by users, together with properties of the items they consume, can help gain a better understanding of their preferences. In this study, we present a recommendation approach that integrates sentiment analysis and genre-based similarity in collaborative filtering methods. The proposal involves the use of BERT for genre preprocessing and feature extraction, as well as hybrid deep learning models, for sentiment analysis of user reviews. The approach was evaluated on popular public movie datasets. The experimental results show that the proposed approach significantly improves the recommender system performance. Full article
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Context-Aware Recommender Systems in the Music Domain: A Systematic Literature Review
Electronics 2021, 10(13), 1555; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10131555 - 27 Jun 2021
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The design of recommendation algorithms aware of the user’s context has been the subject of great interest in the scientific community, especially in the music domain where contextual factors have a significant impact on the recommendations. In this type of system, the user’s [...] Read more.
The design of recommendation algorithms aware of the user’s context has been the subject of great interest in the scientific community, especially in the music domain where contextual factors have a significant impact on the recommendations. In this type of system, the user’s contextual information can come from different sources such as the specific time of day, the user’s physical activity, and geolocation, among many others. This context information is generally obtained by electronic devices used by the user to listen to music such as smartphones and other secondary devices such as wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The objective of this paper is to present a systematic literature review to analyze recent work to date in the field of context-aware recommender systems and specifically in the domain of music recommendation. This paper aims to analyze and classify the type of contextual information, the electronic devices used to collect it, the main outstanding challenges and the possible opportunities for future research directions. Full article
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