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Smart Configuration of Smart Environments

by Simon Mayer, Ruben Verborgh, Matthias Kovatsch, and Friedemann Mattern

One of the central research challenges in the Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing domains is how users can be enabled to “program” their personal and industrial smart environments by combining services that are provided by devices around them. We present a service composition system that enables the goal-driven configuration of smart environments for end users by combining semantic metadata and reasoning with a visual modeling tool. In contrast to process-driven approaches where service mashups are statically defined, we make use of embedded semantic API descriptions to dynamically create mashups that fulfill the user’s goal. The main advantage of our system is its high degree of flexibility, as service mashups can adapt to dynamic environments and are fault-tolerant with respect to individual services becoming unavailable. To support users in expressing their goals, we integrated a visual programming tool with our system that allows to model the desired state of a smart environment graphically, thereby hiding the technicalities of the underlying semantics. Possible applications of the presented system include the management of smart homes to increase individual well-being, and reconfigurations of smart environments, for instance in the industrial automation or healthcare domains.

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Published in 2016 in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.

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@article{mayer_tase_2016,
  title = {Smart Configuration of Smart Environments},
  author = {Mayer, Simon and Verborgh, Ruben and Kovatsch, Matthias and Mattern, Friedemann},
  journal = {IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  year = 2016,
  month = jul,
  volume = 13,
  number = 3,
  pages = {1247--1255},
  issn = {1545-5955},
  doi = {10.1109/TASE.2016.2533321},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TASE.2016.2533321},
}

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S. Mayer, R. Verborgh, M. Kovatsch, and F. Mattern, “Smart Configuration of Smart Environments,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 1247–1255, Jul. 2016.
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Simon Mayer, Ruben Verborgh, Matthias Kovatsch, and Friedemann Mattern. 2016. Smart Configuration of Smart Environments. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 13, 3 (July 2016), 1247–1255.
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Mayer, S., Verborgh, R., Kovatsch, M., Mattern, F.: Smart Configuration of Smart Environments. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 13, 1247–1255 (2016).
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Mayer, S., Verborgh, R., Kovatsch, M., & Mattern, F. (2016). Smart Configuration of Smart Environments. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 13(3), 1247–1255.
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Mayer, Simon et al. “Smart Configuration of Smart Environments.” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 13.3 (2016): 1247–1255. Print.

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