Fourth International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS'08)

16-21 March 2008

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  • Table of contents

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  • Preface

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  • Usage-Based Positive and Negative Verification of User Interface Structure

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):1 - 6
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    The new approach to structure verification of the Web hyperlinks is presented in the paper. It utilizes several types of patterns extracted from the Web usage data: positive and negative association rules, positive sequential patterns as well as the new kind of patterns - sequential patterns with negative conclusions. All they enable to appraise the usefulness of hyperlinks in both the positive an... View full abstract»

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  • Model-Driven Engineering of Multi-target Plastic User Interfaces

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):7 - 14
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    A Multi-target user interface is composed of a series of interconnected variations of the same user interfaces, but tailored for different targets or different contexts of use. When access to software applications must be guaranteed in more than one context of use, it is necessary to adapt these user interfaces in order to preserve their usability when the switch between contexts occur. For this p... View full abstract»

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  • GrafiXML, a Multi-target User Interface Builder Based on UsiXML

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):15 - 22
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    We have developed GrafiXML, an original user interface builder in that it enables designers and developers to design several UIs simultaneously for multiple contexts of use, i.e. for many users, platforms, and environments. For this purpose, it maintains coordination between three representations: an internal representation consisting of specifications in USer Interface extensible Markup Language ... View full abstract»

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  • Understanding Stories about Personal Documents

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):23 - 28
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    Hierarchies are the most common way to help users organize their personal information. However, their use is fraught with problems. In particular, the users' documents, stored in the filesystem, are notoriously difficult to manage and retrieve. A way to alleviate those problems is to resort to a wide range of knowledge about the users, their actions and the world that surrounds them. Systems that ... View full abstract»

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  • Acquiring Knowledge as You Play

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):29 - 34
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    Knowledge acquisition in expert systems and authoring in drama or narrative-based systems share many issues in common. They are typically labor- intensive and time-consuming tasks requiring technical and specialized skills on how to elicit and represent the knowledge together with the need for familiarity with the goals, content and problem-solving method, processes or sequences relevant to the do... View full abstract»

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  • Expertise Recommendation: A Two-Way Knowledge Communication Channel

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):35 - 40
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    In our service-based society, expertise is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable and scarce resource. Thus, the demand for an integrated expert finder that understands whether it has found a current, relevant and credible expert will grow. We offer a three pronged approach which combines data mining, self reporting and referral by others together with a number of strategies which provide ... View full abstract»

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  • Reactive Common Sense Reasoning for Knowledge-Based HMI

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):41 - 46
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    In our approach we show how to integrate traditional BDI-Logics and reactive commonsense reasoning. Our goal consists in supporting efficient runtime inferences in the course of distributed decision making. For this sake we take a highly reactive calculus (membrane computing) and combine it with high-level modeling concepts. In order to obtain efficient inference mechanisms we use quotient-based r... View full abstract»

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  • A Transformational Approach for Pattern-Based Design of User Interfaces

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):47 - 54
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    A pattern-based approach to user interface development is presented that is explicitly based on artifacts contained in a task and a domain models. Exploiting a task model or a domain model in isolation may lead to patterns that are not user-centered. By combining the exploitation of both models at the same time with priority lead to identifying interaction patterns in a systematic way. Types of re... View full abstract»

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  • Modeling User Interfaces to Workflow Information Systems

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):55 - 60
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    This paper addresses the need for designing user interfaces (UIs) to workflow information systems by adopting a model-centric approach. We introduce a conceptual workflow model to determine system functionalities of workflow. The model is exploited in order to systematically derive UIs to access these functionalities. The workflow model is recursively decomposed into processes which are in turn de... View full abstract»

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  • The 4C Reference Model for Distributed User Interfaces

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):61 - 69
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    Distributed user interfaces (DUIs) are those interfaces whose different parts can be distributed in time and space on different monitors, screens, and computing platforms, depending on several parameters expressing the context of use, such as the user, the computing platform, and the physical environment in which the user is carrying out her interactive task To understand and classify existing app... View full abstract»

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  • Distributed Reasoning for Context-Aware Services through Design of an OWL Meta-Model

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):70 - 75
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    A growing number of applications start using semantic Web technologies. The base concept in this technology is the use of ontologies, allowing first-order logic reasoning engines to execute a number of semantic tasks, such as the validation and consistence checking of the underlying ontology. Because applications work in a distributed environment, e.g. the retrieval of sensor values, resulting in ... View full abstract»

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  • A Location-Aware System Using RFID and Mobile Devices for Art Museums

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):76 - 81
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    Emerging location-aware mobile technologies are being applied successfully in cultural environments. Different technologies, such as RFID, WiFi, and so on, are being applied to allow mobile devices interact with the environment. This paper describes a system based on both active and passive RFID which support the automatic positioning of mobile devices in art museums. This proposal results especia... View full abstract»

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  • Innovative Control System for Industrial Environment

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):82 - 87
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    In this paper we present preliminary results of the ongoing research of a new industrial control system with a special stress on user interfaces and data representation. The main focus of our research is the combination of traditional control interfaces for manufacturing machines with new ubiquitous services, handheld computers and Virtual Reality installations. Our system can support both industr... View full abstract»

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  • Adapting to Run-Time Changes in Policies Driving Autonomic Management

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):88 - 93
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    The use of policies within autonomic computing has received significant interest in the recent past. Policy-driven management offers significant benefit since it makes it more straight forward to define and modify systems behavior at run-time, through policy manipulation, rather than through re- engineering. In this paper, we present an adaptive policy-driven autonomic management system which make... View full abstract»

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  • Using Ontology-Based Traffic Models for More Efficient Decision Making of Autonomous Vehicles

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):94 - 99
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    The paper describes how a high-level abstract world model can be used to support the decision-making process of an autonomous driving system. The approach uses a hierarchical world model and distinguishes between a low-level model for the trajectory planning and a high-level model for solving the traffic coordination problem. The abstract world model used in the CyberCars-2 project is presented. I... View full abstract»

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  • The Dynamic Enterprise Bus

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):100 - 105
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    In this paper we present a prototype enterprise information run-time heavily inspired by the fundamental principles of autonomic computing. Through self-configuration, self- optimization, and self-healing techniques, this run-time targets next-generation extreme scale information-access systems. We demonstrate these concepts in a processing cluster that allocates resources dynamically upon demand. View full abstract»

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  • A Survey of Context Adaptation in Autonomic Computing

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):106 - 111
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    Autonomic computing (AC) is an emerging paradigm aiming at simplifying the administration of complex computer systems. Efforts required to deploy and maintain complex systems are usually high. Autonomic computing may help to reduce these efforts by allowing administrators to define abstract policies and then enable systems to configure, optimize and maintain themselves according to the specified p... View full abstract»

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  • Enabling Self-Configuration in Autonomic Systems Using Case-Based Reasoning with Improved Efficiency

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):112 - 117
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    Autonomic computing is an emerging philosophy which promises to enable self-management capabilities in software systems. These self-management properties include self-configuration, self-healing, self-protection, self-optimization, self-awareness and self-governance. Enabling any of these properties in software systems is an open challenge. Exhibiting such self-management behavior is a continuous ... View full abstract»

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