SerenA: A Multi-site Pervasive Agent Environment That Supports Serendipitous Discovery in Research

  • Jamie Forth
  • Thanasis Giannimaras
  • Geraint A. Wiggins
  • Robert Stewart
  • Diana Bental
  • Ruth Aylett
  • Deborah Maxwell
  • Hadi Mehrpouya
  • Jamie Shek
  • Mel Woods
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7879)

Abstract

We present SerenA, a multi-site, pervasive, agent environment that suppers serendipitous discovery in research. The project starts from the premise that human users cannot be aware of all the research information that is relevant to their work, because of the compartmentalisation of research into fields around particular journals, and, simply, because there is too much to know. In particular, the Semantic Web provides a resource which can assist, but there is more to be discovered than the things that a user might deliberately search for. SerenA, then, attempts to assist researchers by presenting them with information that they did not know they needed to know about their research.

Keywords

Serendipity semantic web pervasive agents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamie Forth
    • 1
  • Thanasis Giannimaras
    • 1
  • Geraint A. Wiggins
    • 1
  • Robert Stewart
    • 2
  • Diana Bental
    • 2
  • Ruth Aylett
    • 2
  • Deborah Maxwell
    • 3
  • Hadi Mehrpouya
    • 3
  • Jamie Shek
    • 3
  • Mel Woods
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Electronic Engineering and Computer ScienceQueen Mary University of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.School of Mathematical and Computer SciencesHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghScotland
  3. 3.Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and DesignUniversity of DundeeDundeeScotland

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