Automatic Map Layouts for Social Coordination with Location-Aware Mobile Devices

The research will identify aspects of a location-aware map application that could be automated (either directly or with user guidance) to reduce the amount of interaction required and to make effective use of the display space for smart phones. The research will involve designing a prototype location-aware map application and extending the prototype to include intelligent zoom features to effectively and intelligently present pertinent location information. In addition, the team will develop automatic map layout approaches to provide appropriate location-awareness information to support users’ social coordination. They will incorporate these algorithms into Locator, a prototype application for smart phones that will provide context-appropriate, location awareness information. The Locator prototype will build on the results from earlier work in this area and will involve close collaboration with industrial partners.

David Dearman
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Kori Inkpen
Nova Scotia