Research for context-sensitive user interfaces

The research project Serenoa is a three-year effort accomplished by seven partners across Europe, from September 2010 to September 2013. The project intends to create new mechanisms for multidimensional, context-aware adaptation of Service Front-Ends. It is funded by the European Union with 3,273,620 € (64% of total budget) as a Call 5 STREP Project. The kick-off meeting took place on the 14th and 15th September 2010 in Boecillo (Spain) and a second meeting happened from the 14th to the 16th December 2010 in Darmstadt (Germany). Results after the first six months of the project are ready for the first review by the European Commision in March 2011.

Serenoa intends to fill existing gaps on development of Service Front-Ends which dynamically adapt to the context of use. This "context of use" includes all aspects which define characteristics of the person using the service, the software and hardware as well as the server side, and the real world (where, when and how the interaction with the service is actually taking place). Nowadays, user access services in an ubiquitous manner and there is a lack of systems which allow the creation of services supporting user interaction that can vary depending on the actual situation of the user: sitting in front of a desktop PC, using a TV remote control, interacting with mobile phones on-the-go or using embedded or wearable devices in industrial environments.

The goal of the research project Serenoa is to develop a novel, open platform for enabling the creation of context-sensitive service front-ends. The project consortium including academia, technology centres, large companies and SMEs intends to cover the complete value chain of research, development and innovation. In this way, basic research will be applied to the requirements of companies in order to satisfy market needs. Furthermore, there will be an intensive effort in order to standardize the results of the project with the consensus of a context-aware developers’ community.

Serenoa is a joint effort of Telefónica I+D (coordinator,, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche / Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "A. Faedo" (, CTIC Technology Centre (, SAP AG (, Université catholique de Louvain (, W4 ( and the World Wide Web Consortium (