Location Based Services

LBS: Navigation Systems - I

3510.1 - Indoor Semantic Wayfinding

Monday, July 3
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Coolidge

Currently, semantic-enriched navigation systems become more and more popular. Instead of providing metric-based route instructions such as "walk straight in 100 meters", semantic-based navigation systems provide users with semantic-enriched instructions, such as "walk straight, pass the theatre, and walk to the crossing" or simply "cross the park". This kind of guidance is more natural to users, and can improve users' navigation performances. However, current literature only addresses semantic wayfinding for outdoor environment, while the applications in indoor environment have not been approached.

This paper presents an on-going research project towards this direction. Particularly, the project aims at answering some fundamental questions of indoor semantic wayfinding , such as "what is an indoor landmark?", "what are the direction and motion concepts used in indoor naivgation?", and "how can semantic-enriched route instructions be automatically generated?". To answer these questions, empirical studies with human wayfinders in different environments will be implemented to study how they perceive indoor environments, as well as how they communicate route information. These route descriptions will be used to derive motion (verbs, e.g., "walk", "cross"), direction (prepositions, e.g., "straight", "along", "cross"), and landmark (nouns, e.g., "WC", "lift") concepts. These linguistic elements will be building blocks for semantic-enriched route instructions. As a next step, this project will investigate how these concepts can be computationally extracted from indoor data models, such as indoor GML.

Results regarding the empirical studies and the derivation of motion, direction and landmark concepts will be available in the next several months, and will be presented at the conference.

Haosheng Huang

Research Group Leader
University of Zürich

Dr. Haosheng Huang is a research group leader, and a senior researcher/lecturer at the GIScience Center of the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently the Chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services, and members of editorial board of the Journal of Location Based Services (Taylor & Francis), Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards (Springer), and Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis (Springer).

Haosheng Huang's research interests lie in Geographic Information Science, particularly on Location-Based Services (LBS), Spatial Cognition and Computational Place Modelling.


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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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