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Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 409–432 | Cite as

Adaptive interaction support in ambient-aware environments based on quality of context information

  • M. Anwar Hossain
  • Ali Asghar Nazari Shirehjini
  • Abdullah S. Alghamdi
  • Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Article

Abstract

Ambient-aware environments are technologically augmented with myriad sensors, devices and other emerging services in order to support users. However, users find it complex in interacting with such environments due to the presence of numerous devices and services. In this situation, providing context-aware implicit or automatic interaction support may help reducing the cognitive load of the users and facilitate easy access of the available devices and services. However, due to the imprecision in context information, implicit interactions performed by the environment often leads to mis-automation. The result of such impaired implicitness causes distrust and dissatisfaction to the user. In order to address this issue, we propose a system that considers quality of information to dynamically adjust the level of implicit interaction and allows a system to operate in different modes such as full-automation, action suggestion, simple notification, or null action. We conduct experiment in a smart home scenario in order to elicit users’ acceptance and trust regarding the proposed system. Our experiment shows that dynamic and alternative mode of interaction not only increases the satisfaction of users but also helps to avoid distrust in automated actions carried out by the environment under varying contexts.

Keywords

Human environment interaction Ambient-aware environment Quality of context information Media services User satisfaction Trust 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this work through the research group project No RGP-VPP-049.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Anwar Hossain
    • 1
  • Ali Asghar Nazari Shirehjini
    • 2
  • Abdullah S. Alghamdi
    • 1
  • Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS)King Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Distributed and Collaborative Virtual Environments Research Laboratory (DISCOVER)University of OttawaOntarioCanada
  3. 3.Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab)University of OttawaOntarioCanada

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