Automatic adaptation of mobile applications to different user devices using modular mobile agents

Tzu Han Kao*, Shyan-Ming Yuan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wearable, handheld, and embedded or standalone intelligent devices are becoming quite common and can support a diverse range of applications. In order to simplify development of applications which can adapt to a variety of mobile devices, we propose an adaptation framework which includes three techniques: follow-me, context-aware adaptation, and remote control scheme. For the first, we construct a personal agent capable of carrying its owner's applications. Second, we design a personal agent capable of carrying applications with an adaptable hierarchical structure. Then, applications can be adapted approximately to the context of devices by using an attribute-based component decision algorithm. Finally, to achieve a remote control scheme, we distribute the computational load of applications on the resource-restricted mobile devices. An application is divided into two parts that can be executed on a user device and a server separately. In short, this framework facilitates the development of widespread applications for ubiquitous computing environments. Furthermore, it enables the applications to follow their owners and automatically adapt to different devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1349-1391
Number of pages43
JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
Issue number14
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2005


  • Adaptation
  • Context-aware
  • Mobile agents
  • Mobile applications
  • Mobile execution environment
  • Ubiquitous computing environment

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