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Title: Autonomic robot for assisted living : supporting smart environment occupants through sensor substitution
Author: Brady, Guanitta
ISNI:       0000 0004 6062 8158
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2017
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The research presented in this thesis investigates the viability of utilising a mobile robot as a substitute for faulty static sensors exhibiting anomalous behaviour at a door in a Smart Environment. This is implemented through the development of finite state automata for the management of static sensor events. Novel approaches for the introduction of adaptability to finite state automata and the investigation of static sensor anomalies are proposed. This research was executed through the use of both practical and theoretical investigations. The ideas proposed in this work were developed as software artefacts. The functionality of that software was tested in order to assess the validity of the approaches proposed within this body of work. The results of this research show that the utilisation of a mobile robot in a Smart Environment is a viable means of providing substitution for static sensor functionality about a door and can be used as a means of verifying the presence of a systemic static sensor anomaly. Adaptive finite state automata were successfully developed and validated as a means of implementing the self-healing property of the Autonomic Computing paradigm in a software system. The limitations of this research have been identified and considered in the conclusion of this thesis as areas for future work.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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