Ubiquitous Notification Mechanism to Provide User Awareness

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 485)


Awareness could be defined as the knowledge that the user has of a particular activity, either individual or collaborative. Good awareness mechanisms provide information to the user at the right time so that s/he can know what is required for her/him to do before s/he is required to do it. Notification mechanisms are a key factor to provide awareness. Ubiquitous technologies can change the paradigm in which notifications are delivered to users. This paper describes the concept and characteristics of awareness, and how researchers have applied different notification mechanisms to provide it. With the lessons learned from 4 project implementations, we propose a service-based plug-and-play framework that models different notification mechanisms that could be used to provide user awareness.


Human factors Warning design User awareness User experience design Ubiquitous computing 



This work was partially supported by Centro de Investigaciones en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (CITIC), Escuela de Ciencias de la Computación e Informática (ECCI) both at Universidad de Costa Rica. Grand No. 834-B6-178. This work was also supported by Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones (MICITT), and by Consejo Nacional para Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICIT) of the Government of Costa Rica.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CITIC, PPCIUniversity of Costa RicaSan PedroCosta Rica
  2. 2.ECCIUniversity of Costa RicaSan PedroCosta Rica

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