User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction

, Volume 15, Issue 3–4, pp 275–302 | Cite as

Personalization and Context Management

  • Andreas Zimmermann
  • Marcus Specht
  • Andreas Lorenz


Supporting the individual user in his working, learning, or information access is one of the main goals of user modeling. Personal or group user models make it possible to represent and use information about preferences, knowledge, abilities, emotional states, and many other characteristics of a user to adapt the user experience and support. Nowadays, the disappearing computer enables the user to access her information from a variety of personal and public displays and devices. To support a new generation of contextualized and personalized information and services, this paper addresses the problem of context management. Context management is a new approach to the design of context-aware systems in ubiquitous computing that combines personalization and contextualization. The presented framework for context management integrates user modeling and context modeling, which can benefit from each other and give rise to more valid models for personalized and contextualized information delivery. The paper will introduce a base framework and tools for designing context-aware applications and decompose the underlying framework into its foundational components. As two illustrative application cases, the paper discusses implementations of an intelligent advertisement board and an audio-augmented museum environment.


context-aware computing context management context-toolkit mobile authoring tools personalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Zimmermann
    • 1
  • Marcus Specht
    • 1
  • Andreas Lorenz
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information TechnologySankt AugustinGermany

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