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Introduction

  • Tom Lovett
  • Eamonn O’Neill

Abstract

The importance of context in computer science has increased in recent decades as computers have become ever more pervasive in everyday life. Context awareness—the idea that computers can sense and react to a user’s situation—has been a popular research topic for a number of years. One of the most ubiquitous tools in the progress of context awareness has been the mobile device; its enormous popularity and permeation into daily life—coupled with increasingly sophisticated hardware—has greatly improved the potential for context awareness in the world. This chapter introduces the concepts of context and context awareness, as well as their integration with mobility. Current mobile context awareness research is summarised and a brief introduction of each chapter is presented.

Keywords

Mobile Device Wireless Sensor Network Context Awareness Mobile Context Popular Research Topic 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Bath/Vodafone Group R&DBathUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BathBathUK

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