Supporting Situation-Awareness in Smart Spaces

  • Susanna Pantsar-Syväniemi
  • Jarkko Kuusijärvi
  • Eila Ovaska
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7096)


This paper reports results from ongoing research, relating to the development of the context ontology described with web ontology language (OWL). Our aim is to reach relevant context ontology for smart spaces that are, by their very nature, heterogeneous, pervasive and ubiquitous. We illustrate the usage of the context ontology in a case where lights are switched on according to a calculated wake-up time and the preferences of an individual. With the introduced Context Ontology for Smart Spaces, CO4SS, we managed to perform reasoning actions based on the user’s context.


Resource Description Framework Smart Home Pervasive Computing Situational Context User Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanna Pantsar-Syväniemi
    • 1
  • Jarkko Kuusijärvi
    • 1
  • Eila Ovaska
    • 1
  1. 1.VTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandOuluFinland

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