1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications

Research Article

Supporting location-aware services for mobile users with the whereabouts diary

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2847,
        author={Nicola Bicocchi and Gabriella Castelli and Marco Mamei and Alberto Rosi and Franco Zambonelli},
        title={Supporting location-aware services for mobile users with the whereabouts diary},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={MOBILWARE},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Location services Localization algorithms Bayesian networks.},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2847}
    }
    
  • Nicola Bicocchi
    Gabriella Castelli
    Marco Mamei
    Alberto Rosi
    Franco Zambonelli
    Year: 2010
    Supporting location-aware services for mobile users with the whereabouts diary
    MOBILWARE
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2847
Nicola Bicocchi1,*, Gabriella Castelli1,*, Marco Mamei1,*, Alberto Rosi1,*, Franco Zambonelli1,*
  • 1: Dipartimento di Scienze e Metodi dell’Ingegneria – Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Via Amendola 2 – 42100 Reggio Emilia – Italy
*Contact email: nicola.bicocchi@unimore.it, gabriella.castelli@unimore.it, marco.mamei@unimore.it, alberto.rosi@unimore.it, franco.zambonelli@unimore.it

Abstract

Modern handheld devices provided with localization capabilities could be used to automatically create a diary of user’s whereabouts, and use it as a complement of the user profile in many applications. In this paper we present the Whereabouts diary, an application/service to log the places visited by the user and to label them, in an automatic way, with descriptive semantic information. In particular, Web-retrieved data and the temporal patterns in which places are visited can be used to define such meaningful semantic labels. In this paper, we describe the general idea at the basis of our service and discuss our implementation and the associated experimental results. In addition, we illustrate an application that can fruitfully exploit the whereabouts diary as a supporting service, and discuss areas for future work.