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Workshop on Contextawareness: Position Paper/Extended Abstract Peter Brown and Gareth Jones

Summary: Workshop on Context­awareness: Position Paper/Extended Abstract
Peter Brown and Gareth Jones
Department of Computer Science, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4PT, UK
We discuss two characteristics of context­awareness, and argue that, as con­
text­aware applications become more mature, simplistic approaches need to be
replaced by richer algorithms. Our perspective is from context­aware retrieval of
information. This contribution relates most closely to questions 3 and 4 of the
Call for Participation, though it relates, we think, to the other questions too.
The place of context­awareness
We would like to make a general point first,
as this will put our more specific points in
If you take a wide view by comparing an
established software capability, `word pro­
cessing', with context­awareness, you see
that the former relates directly to a user task
whereas the latter does not. If users want
context­awareness, they only want it as part


Source: Abowd, Gregory D. - College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences