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