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Two types of users will be considered: drivers

and pedestrians. For drivers, the application

will inform them of upcoming road signs (e.g.

stop sign) and will alert them to slow-down

if their speed exceeds the legal limit by a

threshold (e.g. 3 mph). For pedestrians, both

streets andwalking paths/alleys are considered

for finding the shortest path to the destination.

The Assistant will be able to provide directions

to the destination depending on the user’s

current location, inside or outside. GPS

will be used to identify the current location

outside buildings. User location inside

buildings will be derived from user context.

The system computes the shortest path to

the destination building first and refines the

path when getting closer to the destination

building. Then, directions to the final room

destination are provided.

The Campus 2020 project envisions a university

campus where technology assists faculty,

staff, students, and visitors to better and more

efficiently accomplish their daily activities.

Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and

smart phones are quickly becoming the primary

connectivity in today’s society. The objective

of this project is to develop a smartphone

application that assists campus drivers and

users to find driving and walking directions to a

certain location on campus specified by building

name/ID and room name/number. As the user

changes his location, directions are updated

accordingly. In-campus building information and

directions are not available using commercial

on-line map tools such as Google Maps.

Campus 2020: Campus Driving and

Directions Assistant

Mihaela Cardei, PI


Students: Lori Watson and Iana Zankina

Industry partner interested in

this project: Last Best Chance, LLC

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