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Context-aware computing, an emerging paradigm in which applications sense and adapt their behavior to changes in their operational environment, is key to de-veloping dependable agent-based software systems for use in the often unpredictable settings of ad hoc net-works. However, designing an application agent which gathers, maintains, and adapts to context can be a diﬃ-cult undertaking in an open and continuously changing environment, even for a seasoned programmer. Our goal is to simplify the programming task by hiding such issues from the programmer, allowing one to quickly and reliably produce a context-aware application agent for use in large-scale ad hoc networks. With this goal in mind, we introduce a novel abstraction called context-sensitive data structures (CSDS). The programmer in-teracts with the CSDS through a familiar program-ming interface, without direct knowledge of the context gathering and maintenance tasks that occur behind the scenes. In this paper, we begin by deﬁning a model of context-sensitive data structures, and we identify key requirements and issues associated with building an infrastructure to support the development of context-sensitive data structures.
Payton, Jamie; Roman, Gruia-Catalin; and Julien, Christine, "Context-Sensitive Data Structures Supporting Software Development in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks" Report Number: WUCSE-2004-10 (2004). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.