Adapting workflows to intelligent environments

Melanie Hartmann, Marcus Ständer, Victoria Uren

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Intelligent environments aim at supporting the user in executing her everyday tasks, e.g. by guiding her through a maintenance or cooking procedure. This requires a machine processable representation of the tasks for which workflows have proven an efficient means. The increasing number of available sensors in intelligent environments can facilitate the execution of workflows. The sensors can help to recognize when a user has finished a step in the workflow and thus to automatically proceed to the next step. This can heavily reduce the amount of required user interaction. However, manually specifying the conditions for triggering the next step in a workflow is very cumbersome and almost impossible for environments which are not known at design time. In this paper, we present a novel approach for learning and adapting these conditions from observation. We show that the learned conditions can even outperform the quality as conditions manually specified by workflow experts. Thus, the presented approach is very well suited for automatically adapting workflows in intelligent environments and can in that way increase the efficiency of the workflow execution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 7th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7695-4452-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-0830-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event7th International Conference on Intelligent Environments - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jul 201128 Jul 2011


Conference7th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
Abbreviated titleIE 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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