Location-based software modeling and analysis: Tropos-based approach

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Authors: Ali, R., Dalpiaz, F. and Giorgini, P.

Journal: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Volume: 5231 LNCS

Pages: 169-182

eISSN: 1611-3349

ISSN: 0302-9743

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-87877-3-14

The continuous growth of interest in mobile applications makes the concept of location essential to design and develop software systems. Location-based software is supposed to be able to monitor the surrounding location and choose accordingly the most appropriate behavior. In this paper, we propose a novel conceptual framework to model and analyze location-based software. We mainly focus on the social facets of location adopting concepts such as actor, resource, and location-based behavior. Our approach is based on Tropos methodology and allows the analyst to elicit and model software requirements according to the different locations where the software will operate. We propose an extension of Tropos modeling and adapt its process to suit well with the development of location-based software. The proposed framework also includes automated analysis techniques to reason about the relation between location and location-based software. © 2008 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

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