Context Awareness Reading List

  1. Location-Based Apps
  2. Digital Geocaches
  3. Context Awareness

Location-based services, digital geocaches, and proximity interactions are previously described in context awareness research. Previous research explored the interaction between people and environmental changes.

I made a presentation to survey previous work in context awareness. This presentation considers four dimensions to analyze the use of the location variable within context-aware systems:

  • local versus global reference,
  • environmental versus device-specific responses,
  • offering of either information or commands, and
  • action taken by human versus system.

The presentation concludes with the limitations of location-based information.


Reading List

Required Readings

Bederson, B. B. 1995.
Audio augmented reality: a prototype automated tour guide.
In Conference Companion on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Denver, Colorado, United States, May 07 - 11, 1995). I. Katz, R. Mack, and L. Marks, Eds. CHI '95. ACM, New York, NY, 210-211.

Abowd, G. D., Atkeson, C. G., Hong, J., Long, S., Kooper, R., and Pinkerton, M. 1997.
Cyberguide: a mobile context-aware tour guide.
Wirel. Netw. 3, 5 (Oct. 1997), 421-433.

Schilit, B., Adams, N., and Want, R.
Context-Aware Computing Applications.
Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, IEEE Workshop on, IEEE Computer Society (1994), 85-90.

Optional Readings


Salber, D., Dey, A., Abowd, G. 1999.
The Context Toolkit: Aiding the Development of Context-Enabled Applications.
CHI ’99. ACM, New York, NY, 434-441.

Abowd, G, Dey, A, Brown, P, Davies, N, Smith, M, and Steggles, P. 1999.
Towards a Better Understanding of Context and Context-Awareness.
Technical Report GIT-GVU-99-22, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Example Systems

Roy Want, Andy Hopper, Veronica Falcao, and Jonathon Gibbons. 1992.
The Active Badge Location System.
ACM Transactions on Information Systems lo(l): 91-102.

Elrod, S., Hall, G., Costanza, R., Dixon, M., and Des Rivières, J. 1993.
Responsive office environments.
Commun. ACM 36, 7 (Jul. 1993), 84-85.

McCarthy, J. F. and Anagnost, T. D. 1998.
MusicFX: an arbiter of group preferences for computer supported collaborative workouts.
In Proceedings of the 1998 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work CSCW '98. ACM, New York, NY, 363-372.


Bellotti, V. and Edwards, K. 2001.
Intelligibility and accountability: human considerations in context-aware systems.
Hum.-Comput. Interact. 16, 2 (Dec. 2001), 193-212.