The rapid accumulation of indoor positioning data is increasingly booming the interest in indoor mobility analyses. As a fundamental analysis, it is highly relevant to translate raw indoor positioning data into mobility semantics that describe what, where and when in a more concise and semantics-oriented way.
However, such a translation is challenging in several aspects:
- The translation involves the data from multi-sources, including the indoor positioning data, the indoor space information and the relevant indoor contexts. It is a laborious task to set up those data sources for a specific data analysis.
- The translation relies heavily on the quality of the raw indoor positioning data that, however, is uncertain and discrete in nature due to the limitations of indoor positioning. Considerable efforts are needed to improve the data quality before the proper mobility semantics can be determined from the data.
- The translation result needs to be assessed properly. It is useful to compare the resultant mobility semantics to the corresponding raw positioning records. However, such a comparison is difficult due to the large gap between these two kinds of representations.
To address these challenges, we design a system TRIPS that Translates Raw Indoor Positioning data into mobility Semantics. The system streamlines the entire translation process by three functional components.
- The Configurator provides a standard but concise means to configure multiple input sources, including raw indoor positioning data, indoor space information and relevant contexts.
- The Translator incorporates a translator that is able to clean raw indoor positioning data and translate the data into reliable mobility semantics without manual interventions.
- The Viewer offers a suite of flexible interactions to visually trace the input, output and intermediate data involved in the translation, making it intuitive to assess the translation result.
- May 4, 2018 The demo paper has been accepted by VLDB 2018.
- Mar 1, 2018 A demo paper and a research paper have been submitted to VLDB 2018.
- Feb 25, 2018 The core techniques of the Translator have been published online.
- Jan 11, 2018 The Space Modeler module has been open-sourced on GitHub.
- Jan 1, 2018 The Viewer module has been open-sourced on Github.
Authors and Contributors
- Huan Li, Zhejiang University, China
- Hua Lu, Aalborg University, Denmark
- Feichao Shi, Zhejiang University, China
- Qinkuang Chen, Zhejiang University, China
- Gang Chen, Zhejiang University, China
- Ke Chen, Zhejiang University, China
- Lidan Shou, Zhejiang University, China
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