Perceptual Considerations for Quality of Service Management: An Integrated Architecture

  • George Ghinea
  • George D. Magoulas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2109)


In this paper, we suggest an integrated architecture that makes use of the objective-technical information provided by the designer and the subjectiveperceptual information supplied by the user for intelligent decision making in the construction of communication protocols. Thus, this approach, based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process, incorporates not only classical Quality of Service (QoS) considerations, but, indeed, user preferences as well. Furthermore, in keeping with the task-dependent nature consistently identified in multimedia scenarios, the suggested communication protocols also take into account the type of multimedia application, which they are transporting. Lastly, our approach also opens the possibility for such protocols to dynamically adapt based on a changing operating environment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Ghinea
    • 1
  • George D. Magoulas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems and ComputingBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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