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MIT Research Symposium – May 21, 2003Convention of the FutureReference Project - Digital Way-FindingNavigating the City and the ConventionProf. Joseph Ferreira, Jr. MIT, [email protected]


Digital way finding navigating the city and the convention joseph ferreira jr mit
Digital Way-Finding Navigating the City and the ConventionJoseph Ferreira, Jr., MIT

  • Introduction

    • My interests – urban info systems, spatial analysis (maps, GIS),…

    • Digital Way-finding – Mapquest, Geocities, Zaggat’s, …

    • Location-based Services – nearest pizza parlor, ATM, …

    • Convention attendees – Navigating exhibits & city, buddy list, messaging…

  • Issues

    • Technology, architecture, control, privacy, cost, …

  • MIT project examples

    • ShuttleTrack, E-learning, E-Neighbors, MITOrthoTools, …

  • Convention-relevant opportunities

    • Context-aware computing – info for nearby exhibits, talks, …

    • Finding nearby friends – visible only to session attendees, …


Digital way finding
Digital Way-Finding

  • Mapquest ‘geoprocessing’

  • ATM locators


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Digital Way-Finding

  • NextBus – San Francisco

  • Live location and time to next stop


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Digital Way-Finding

  • GPS monitoring of people/vehicle movement:

  • Amsterdam Realtime (Waag Society & Esther Polak)

  • 40-day average of participant locations


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Digital Way-Finding

  • Issues

    • Technology

      • Location/communication: GPS, WiFi, Cellular, …

      • Client device: PDA, Laptop, phone, …

      • Interoperability problems

    • Architecture & control

      • Turn-key product; cellphone add-in, …

      • Convention service, tourist bureau service, telecom service, …

      • Registration, authentication, billing, …

      • Privacy/security issues: tracking people, sharing info, …


Mit project examples
MIT project examples

  • ShuttleTrack

  • E-learning

  • E-neighbors


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MIT project examples

  • MITOrthoTools

  • Fast server clips and mosaics high resolution images on demand

  • Same server and images handles desktop, PDA, cellphone, …

  • Web Services with standardized call for imagery



Digital way finding navigating the city and the convention
Digital Way-Finding Navigating the City and the Convention

  • Convention-relevant opportunities

    • Context-aware computing – info for nearby exhibits, talks, …

    • Finding nearby friends – who can/should keep track of whom

    • Compatibility – Must fit computing environment of attendee, convention center, sponsoring associations, vendor service, host city, …

    • Privacy – Attendee must control access to realtime location data

    • IF applications are delivered as value-added services on top of a ‘common services layer’ then

      • Applications are small

      • Interoperability is enhanced

      • Convention has unique value-added opportunities

    • Possible Features

      • Visible in city only to conference attendees

      • Visible only to those who have been in the same sessions

      • Where are more than 10 attendees congregating


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