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MIT Research Symposium – May 21, 2003 Convention of the Future Reference Project - Digital Way-Finding Navigating the City and the Convention Prof. Joseph Ferreira, Jr . MIT, [email protected] Digital Way-Finding Navigating the City and the Convention Joseph Ferreira, Jr., MIT. Introduction

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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, …
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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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