Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 407–431 | Cite as

A framework for human-centered provisioning of ambient media services

  • M. Anwar HossainEmail author
  • Jorge Parra
  • Pradeep K. Atrey
  • Abdulmotaleb El Saddik


The provisioning of ambient media in the user’s environment requires that a system handles the different aspects related to the media selection process. For example, ambient media is delivered to the user depending on their context and hence, the system needs to dynamically determine the context and provide media that are relevant therein. To set the premise of ambient media, a system may also need to customize the physical environment, for example, by dimming the lighting level or by lowering the volume. Besides, users’ need for media services changes over time and space that requires mechanisms to continually update their preferences based on their mobility in the environment. In this paper, we propose an ambient media service provisioning framework that incorporates the above requirements while keeping the user at the center of the media selection loop. To demonstrate the usefulness of this framework, we show experimental results by considering real-life scenario in a smart home environment.


Ambient media Context awareness Personalization Smart environment Service provision Smart phone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Anwar Hossain
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorge Parra
    • 2
  • Pradeep K. Atrey
    • 3
  • Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
    • 1
  1. 1.Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab), School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE)University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Software TechnologiesIkerlan-IK4 Technological Research CentreArrasate-MondragónSpain
  3. 3.Department of Applied Computer ScienceThe University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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