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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-016-15-1929


Mobile Agent-based Context-aware Services

Ichiro Satoh (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

Abstract: This paper presents an agent-based system for building and operating agent-basedcontext-aware services in public spaces, including museums. The system provides users with agents and detects the locations of users and deploys location-aware user-assistant agents at com-puters near the their current locations by using active RFID-tags. When a visitor moves between exhibits in a museum, this dynamically deploys his/her agent at the computers close to the ex-hibits by using mobile agent technology. It annotates the exhibits in his/her personalized form and navigate him/her user to the next exhibits along his/her routes. It also introduces user move-ment as a natural approach to interacting between users and agents. To demonstrate the utility and effectiveness of the system, we constructed location/user-aware visitor-guide services andexperimented them for two weeks in a public museum.

Keywords: RFID, context-aware service, mobile agent, user navigation

Categories: C.2.4, D.2.9, F.1.2, H.5.2