Book Chapter

An Ontology-Based Actuator Discovery and Invocation Framework in Home Care Systems



Wang F & Turner KJ (2009) An Ontology-Based Actuator Discovery and Invocation Framework in Home Care Systems. In: Mokhtari M, Khalil I, Bauchet J, Zhang D & Nugent C (eds.) Ambient Assistive Health and Wellness Management in the Heart of the City: 7th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2009, Tours, France, July 1-3, 2009. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin: Springer, pp. 66-73.;

Home care systems need to be personalised to meet individual needs, and must be easily adjusted as the user's symptoms develop. Care policies (i.e. Event-Condition-Action rules) can be used to specify care services, facilitating changes in the behaviour of a home care system. Context modelling allows a user to specify the trigger and conditions of a care policy, using high-level context rather than raw sensor data. The actions of a care policy are, however, still dependent on the implementations details of actuators. We propose a framework that allows the actions of a care policy to be specified abstractly using human-understandable concepts. The framework takes care of discovering and using specific actuators, hiding the low-level home networking details from ordinary users. It therefore makes personalisation and modification of home care systems more accessible to ordinary users, requiring very little technical knowledge.

Assisted Living; Home Care; Ontology; Service Discovery; Service Invocation; Home care services Management

Title of seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication date31/12/2009
Publisher URL
Place of publicationBerlin
ISSN of seriesvolume 5597

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Professor KEN Turner

Professor KEN Turner

Emeritus Professor, Computing Science