A Wide-area Context-awareness Approach for Android

Darren Carlson, Andreas Schrader


Mobile users increasingly expect software applications to adapt fluidly across a range of everyday situations, environments and hardware platforms. Although contextual information is recognized as a foundation of self-adapting software, context modeling middleware is often prohibitively complex and limited to small-scale deployments. This paper introduces Dynamix, a wide-area context-awareness approach for Android. Dynamix simplifies mobile application development through an OSGi-based middleware framework that runs as a background service on a user's device, modeling context information from the environment using the device itself as a sensing, processing and communications platform. Context modeling is performed by plug-ins, which are provisioned to the device over-the-air during runtime. User privacy is maintained by a novel context firewall. Dynamix defines an open plug-in model and repository architecture, which enable external domain experts to share context plug-ins with the mobile developer community. This paper presents the foundations of our approach along with encouraging preliminary results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications and Services
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Publication date05.12.2011
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0784-0
Publication statusPublished - 05.12.2011
Event13th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications and Services - Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Duration: 05.12.201107.12.2011

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Intelligent Systems

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 409-04 Operating, Communication, Database and Distributed Systems


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