On context modelling in systems and applications development

Anneli Heimbürger, Yasushi Kiyoki, Tommi Kärkkäinen, Ekaterina Gilman, Kyoung Sook Kim, Naofumi Yoshida

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Context is a multi-dimensional concept. It is hard to define context generally for computer science. Which information is considered as context, which is not? Why are the certain context elements relevant for a certain case, but irrelevant for another? How to explain this to computers? Can computers learn these issues as humans do? In our paper we present different viewpoints to the concept of context and to context modelling starting from requirements engineering and ending up to multi-disciplinary education. Based on context related literature research and discussions in our paper, we can summarize that a complete and comprehensive definition and model of context is difficult to achieve and may not even be appropriate at all. However we can conclude that there is a common understanding that context always relates to an entity, context is used to solve a problem, context depends on the domain of use, context depends on time and context is evolutionary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXII
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781607506898
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


  • Context
  • context modelling
  • location awareness
  • movement awareness
  • multi-disciplinary education
  • requirements engineering
  • ubiquitous systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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