Deriving Semantic Sensor Metadata from Raw Measurements

Publication Date: 
Monday, 12 November, 2012
Published in: 
5th International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks @ ISWC2012
Jean-Paul Calbimonte, Zhixian Yan, Hoyoung Jeung, Oscar Corcho (UPM) and Karl Aberer (EPFL)

Sensor network deployments have become a primary source of big data about the real world that surrounds us, measuring a wide range of physical properties in real time. With such large amounts of heterogeneous data, a key challenge is to describe and annotate sensor data with high-level metadata, using and extending models, for instance with ontologies. However, to automate this task there is a need for enriching the sensor metadata using the actual observed measurements and extracting useful meta-information from them. This paper proposes a novel approach of characterization and extraction of semantic metadata through the analysis of sensor data raw observations. This approach consists in using approximations to represent the raw sensor measurements, based on distributions of the observation slopes, building a classication scheme to automatically infer sensor metadata like the type of observed property, integrating the semantic analysis results with existing sensor networks metadata.