NARF.mobi is the homepage of the NARF research project. NARF is a recursive acronym that stands for NARF Adaptive Recognition Framework. The NARF research project has been initiated jointly by several researchers from the Networked Embedded Systems group at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2009. At the moment, the project team consists of 4 full-time researchers and a number of graduate students which are led by Marcus Handte. 


The goal of the NARF project is to develop a context recognition framework for ubiquitous applications.

Current Funding

The research activities within the NARF project are partially funded by the following projects:
  • GAMBAS(EU FP7 Strep) - Develops a middleware that supports context and intent recognition.
  • WebDA (BMBF AAL Joint Research Project) - Develops a set of web-based services to support elderly people and their family members in the early stages of dementia.
  • Living++ (EraSME Project) - Develops an energy-efficient TV-controlled system to support elderly people at home. 

Past Funding

In the past, the project has received funding from the following projects:
  • PECES (EU FP7 Strep) - Developed a middleware that uses context for automation.


In general, we are working on solving the research challenges mentioned here. At the present time, we are working towards a first release of the component system which we will publish through this web-site as open source under an adapted BSD-like license. 

Continue reading about the project's background ...