Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 377–387 | Cite as

Design and evaluation of an ambient assisted living system based on an argumentative multi-agent system

  • Andrés MuñozEmail author
  • Juan Carlos Augusto
  • Ana Villa
  • Juan Antonio Botía
Original Article


This paper focuses on ambient assisted living systems employed to monitor the ongoing situations of elderly people living independently. Such situations are represented here as contexts inferred by multiple software agents out of the data gathered from sensors within a home. Sensors can give an incomplete, sometimes ambiguous, picture of the world; hence, they often lead to inconsistent contexts and unreliability on the system as a whole. We report on a solution to this problem based on a multi-agent system where each agent is able to support its understanding of the context through arguments. These arguments can then be compared against each other to determine which agent provides the most reliable interpretation of the reality under observation.


Ambient intelligence Assisted living Multi-agent system Argumentation 



This work has been supported by the Research Projects CARONTE (TSI-020302-2010-129) and DIA++ (TRA2009-0141), by the Fundación Séneca within the Program “Generación del Conocimiento Científico de Excelencia” (04552/GERM/06), Murcia, Spain, and by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación under the FPU grant AP2006-4154.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés Muñoz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan Carlos Augusto
    • 2
  • Ana Villa
    • 3
  • Juan Antonio Botía
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. de Ingeniería de la Información y las ComunicacionesUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.School of Computing and Mathematics, Computer Science Research InstituteUniversity of UlsterNewtownabbeyUK
  3. 3.Ambiental Intelligence & Interaction, SLL (Ami2)MurciaSpain

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