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Improving Ubiquitous Environments Through Collaborative Features

  • Juan Enrique Garrido
  • Víctor M. R. Penichet
  • María D. Lozano
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Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

Ubiquitous environments are a main objective for new technologies. In this paper, we propose to improve ubiquitous environments through collaborative features: collaboration, cooperation, coordination, communication, information sharing, awareness, time, and space. The proposed model will allow users to work in an environment where collaborative applications will adapt its behavior depending on the environment state: user tasks, used and free resources, who is working, user location, etc. Applications need to incorporate a distributed interface in order to allow users to run the same application in different devices and in different situations. Our proposal could be applied in real-life scenarios as Residential Care Homes. The integrative proposal can help by reducing human errors and optimizing tasks and information management. The application will give them the appropriate functionality according to the tasks they should perform and the environment state. Hence, employees will be able to focus their attention only on their tasks.

Keywords

Ubiquity Contex-awareness Collaboration Healthcare 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work has been partially supported by the Spanish CDTI research project CENIT-2008-1019, the CICYT TIN2008-06596-C02-0 project and the regional projects with reference PAI06-0093-8836 and PII2C09-0185-1030.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Enrique Garrido
    • 1
  • Víctor M. R. Penichet
    • 1
  • María D. Lozano
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Systems DepartmentUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain

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