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Realizing networks of proactive smart products

d'Aquin, Mathieu; Motta, Enrico; Nikolov, Andriy and Thomas, Keerthi (2012). Realizing networks of proactive smart products. In: 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012), 8-12 Oct 2012, Galway, Ireland.

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The sheer complexity and number of functionalities embedded in many everyday devices already exceed the ability of most users to learn how to use them effectively. An approach to tackle this problem is to introduce ‘smart’ capabilities in technical products, to enable them to proactively assist and co-operate with humans and other products. In this paper we provide an overview of our approach to realizing networks of proactive and co-operating smart products, starting from the requirements imposed by real-world scenarios. In particular, we present an ontology-based approach to modeling proactive problem solving, which builds on and extends earlier work in the knowledge acquisition community on problem solving methods. We then move on to the technical design aspects of our work and illustrate the solutions, to do with semantic data management and co-operative problem solving, which are needed to realize our functional architecture for proactive problem solving in concrete networks of physical and resource-constrained devices. Finally, we evaluate our solution by showing that it satisfies the quality attributes and architectural design patterns, which are desirable in collaborative multi-agents systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
Keywords: proactive problem solving; smart products; knowledge systems; ontology engineering; distributed problem solving
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 34450
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 10:04
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 19:05
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