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The Use of Temporal Reasoning and Management of Complex Events in Smart Homes

Summary: The Use of Temporal Reasoning and Management
of Complex Events in Smart Homes
Juan C. Augusto and Chris D. Nugent 1
Abstract. Technological advancements have and will revolutionise
the support offered to persons in their home environment. As the pop-
ulation continues to grow and in addition the percentage of elderly
within the population increases we now face the challenge of improv-
ing individual autonomy and quality of life. Smart home technology
offering intelligent appliances and remote alarm-based monitoring
are moving close towards addressing these issues.
To date the research efforts on smart home technology have fo-
cused on communications and intelligent user interfaces. The trends
in these areas must now, however, focus on the analysis on the data
which is generated from the devices within the house as a means of
producing `profiles' of the users and providing intelligent interaction
to support their daily activities. A key element in the implementa-
tion of these systems is the capability to handle time-related con-
cepts. Here we report about one experience using Active Databases
in connection with temporal reasoning in the form of complex event
detection to accommodate prevention of hazardous situations.


Source: Augusto, Juan Carlos - School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster at Jordanstown


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences