In the era of pervasive computing computers are ubiquitous. Activities carrid out by the use of computers can now encompass various devices and be carried out while moving as well as in front of the personal computer. The activity-centered computing paradigm has been suggested as better than the document-centered paradigm for pervasive computing: it crosscuts work with different kinds of entities and sets the focus on the user and the user's tasks. In domain such as healthcare, activities are fundamentally mobile: doctors and nurses move throughout the hospital as their work progresses. Hence, the computer must support mobility of activities. For this reason, we consider it important to investigate whether a computing platform that embraces mobility at a fundamental level supports implementing software for this new paradigm. This paper describes our initial design ideas for supporting activity-centered computing in the Pervasive Object Model Project (POMP), a project which concerns the development of a platform for pervasive computing applications. We first describe POMP, the present the notion of activity-based computing, and last investigate how activity-based computing can be implemented in POMP.
Proceedings of First International Workshop on Computer Support for Human Tasks and Activities, 2004, p. 12-16
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Pervasive 2004, Workshop on Computer Support for Human Tasks and Activities