SHMUC Use Case  F1

The Working Week: (Ver. 1.0)


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Mary wishes to broaden her horizons by taking on a volunteer position at an ESOL (English as a  SecOnd Language) Centre

Actors Mary, the Smart Home

Initial State

Everything is normal.


Bored with being at home alone, Mary registered for a volunteer position at an ESOL Centre to help foreigners learn English. Each level takes about 4 weeks and there is no fixed schedule. Whenever the Centre has enough learners, they call Mary in in the morning, and she assists with teaching at the Centre instead of watching the news on TV, which she would normally do in the morning.

On the first morning of this new activity, Mary prepared to go to the ESOL Centre for a new class. When she was going out, the system checked her behaviour set and recognised that this was a strange activity, since she was normally at home in the morning. However, it did not send a message to Debbie, but checked other contexts to find an appropriate one for her. It found that there was a context in which Mary does go out in the morning if she has a class. This context was created when Mary registered for a volunteer position at the centre. So this context was used for monitoring her activities during that day.



The system recognises that these behaviours are normal for this context.

System Design Implications

The system should be able to recognise that there are different temporal regimes where different behaviours are common. 

In this particular case, the context was created when Mary registered for the volunteer ESOL position. Was it something that she created explicitly herself? Did her daughter or her carer, having discussed her change of activity, create it?