Active Complex Event Processing: Applications in Real-Time Health Care

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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Databases and Information Systems | Health Information Technology


Our analysis of many real-world event based applications has revealed that existing Complex Event Processing technology (CEP), while effective for efficient pattern matching on event stream, is limited in its capability of reacting in realtime to opportunities and risks detected or environmental changes. We are the first to tackle this problem by providing active rule support embedded directly within the CEP engine, henceforth called Active Complex Event Processing technology, or short, Active CEP. We design the Active CEP model and associated rule language that allows rules to be triggered by CEP system state changes and correctly executed during the continuous query process. Moreover we design an Active CEP infrastructure, that integrates the active rule component into the CEP kernel, allowing finegrained and optimized rule processing. We demonstrate the power of Active CEP by applying it to the development of a collaborative project with UMass Medical School, which detects potential threads of infection and reminds healthcare workers to perform hygiene precautions in real-time.


Wang D, Rundensteiner E, Wang H, Ellison RT III. Active Complex Event Processing: Applications in real time health care. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, 2010: 3(2):1545-1548.

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Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment