Location Based Services

LBS: Navigation Systems - I

3510.2 - Guiding people along more intuitive indoor paths

Monday, July 3
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Coolidge

For many people navigation in the indoor environment is a challenging task. Improving indoor navigation systems could ease the wayfinding task in this environment. However, the supporting route planning algorithms in these navigation systems are currently limited to shortest path algorithms (or derivatives). The development of cognitive route planning algorithms will improve indoor navigation systems by guiding people along a more intuitive and easier-to-follow path. The development of such algorithms entails the identification of those more intuitive path characteristics in the indoor environments. To define relevant path characteristics of the indoor environment a user study is enrolled: an in-depth discussion with a focus group of experts is followed by an online survey. Focussing on user requirements in the initial phase guarantees the quality of the end products, the cognitive route planning algorithms.

Nina Vanhaeren

PhD Student
Ghent University

Nina Vanhaeren holds a Master in Geomatics and Land Surveying awarded by the Department of Geography of Ghent University. She started her PhD at the same department after she graduated in 2016. Her research focuses on the development of cognitive indoor route planning algorithms. By guiding people along more intuitive paths, this project aims at improving indoor navigation systems.


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Kristien Ooms

Ghent University

Kristien Ooms is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography since 2013. Kristien focuses on cartographic user research to evaluate the usability of (static and interactive) maps using a mixed methods approach. She is specialized in eye tracking in combination with a statistics and visual analytics. Kristien is currently the Chair of the Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues of the International Cartographic Association.


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Philippe De Maeyer

Prof. Dr.
Universiteit Gent

Philippe De Maeyer is senior full professor in cartography and GIS; he is the chair of the Department of Geography. His research topics cover cartography (esp. historical) and applications of GIS in different domains (such as archaeology, risk calculation and hydrography). He is full member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences and chair of the National Committee of Geography.


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Georg Gartner

Full Professor, Head of Research Group Cartography
Vienna University of Technology

Georg Gartner is full professor and head of the research group cartography at the department for geoinformation and geodesy at the Vienna University of Technology. He is past president of the ICA and editor of the book series "Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography" as well as editor-in-chief of the "Journal on Location-based Services".


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