Describing and Evaluating Assistance Using APDL

Nyolt, Martin and Steiniger, Alexander and Bader, Sebastian and Kirste, Thomas (2014) Describing and Evaluating Assistance Using APDL. In: Smart Simulation and Modelling for Complex Systems, IJCAI 2013 Workshop, 3-5 Aug 2013, Beijing, China. Proceedings, published by Springer, Tokyo, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Volume 564, pp. 59-81.

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We introduce an approach to test and evaluate assistance systems for smart environments. Our work comprises a specification language to describe assistance problems independent of the concrete application domain and a test system to test assistance systems and compare their performance systematically. For the latter, our test system employs software-in-the-loop simulation to test assistance systems in a virtual environment instead of a real deployment. On the one hand, this helps developers of assistance systems to evaluate their implementations and compare them to other systems. On the other hand, the language allows researchers specifying assistance problems at an abstract level. Furthermore, we provide a formal semantics for our language, describe the usage of our test system, and show its applicability using a simple assistance system.

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