The current pervasive middleware is designed to have a monolithic structure according to a ‘one-size-fits-all' paradigm, which lacks necessary flexibilities for optimization, customization and adaptation to different situations. Ontology evolution is another problem that has not been addressed by the existing pervasive middleware. In this paper, we propose the marriage of software product line and intelligent agent based pervasive middleware in order to alleviate these problems, in the context of an ongoing research project called PLIPerM. Frame based software product line techniques are used together with OWL ontology reasoning enhanced BDI (Belief-Desire-Intention) agents, which are the basic building blocks of PLIPerM. Besides the advantages of a software product line, our approachcan handle ontology evolution and keep all related assets in a consistent state. Other advantages include the ability to configure Jadex BDI agents for different purpose and to enhance agent intelligence by adding logic reasoning capabilities indirectly to agent beliefs.
International Journal of Hybrid Information Technology, 2008, Vol 1, Issue 1, p. 17-30