1st Edition

Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation

Edited By Hassan A. Karimi Copyright 2015
    266 Pages
    by CRC Press

    266 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Outdoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services have become indispensable in people's mobility in unfamiliar environments. Advances in key technologies (e.g., positioning and mobile devices), has spurred interest in research and development of indoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services in recent years. Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation provides both breadth and depth of knowledge in designing and building indoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services. It covers the types of sensors both feasible and practical for localization of users inside buildings.

    The book discusses current approaches, techniques, and technologies for addressing issues in indoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services. It includes coverage of the cognitive, positioning, mapping, and application perspectives, an unusual but useful combination of information. This mix of different perspectives helps you better understand the issues and challenges of building indoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services, how they are different from those used outdoors, and how they can be used efficiently and effectively in challenging applications.

    Written by well-known specialists in the field, the book addresses all aspects of indoor wayfinding and navigation. It includes the latest research developments on the topic, succinctly covers the fundamentals, and details the issues and challenges in building new systems and services. With this information, you can design indoor wayfinding and navigation systems and services for a variety of uses and users.

    A-GPS Positioning. WiFi Positioning. RFID. Integrated sensors. Map Data Content and Sources. Routing and Directions. Architectures. Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation on Smartphones. Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation for Blind and Visually Impaired Users. Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation for Wheelchair Users. Navigation Assistance Through Social Media.


    Dr. Karimi is an active researcher and has published extensively in the area of Geoinformatics. He serves as the lead faculty for both the Geoinformatics Specialization (MSIS Program) and the Geoinformatics Lab at the School of Information Sciences.

    His research interests include: Geoinformatics (Geospatial Information Systems, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Remote Sensing), navigation, location-based services, mobile computing, computational geometry, parallel/distributed/grid computing, and spatial analysis algorithms.

    Today, numerous applications are benefiting from geoinformatics techniques, technologies, and tools and with recent advances in geoinformatics and related technologies, such as Web services and grid computing, new geoprocessing paradigms and applications are expected to emerge. Dr. Karimi and his students look at real-world problems such as way finding, handicapped access to sidewalks and buildings, or social networking with geolocation capabilities.

    "This book is a timely addition to the resources available to researchers and practitioners in the area. This edited collection of 11 chapters, written by area experts, explores different facets of the indoor wayfinding and navigation problem, such as cognitive factors, positioning and mapping, applications of these technologies, and privacy of individuals. This book is relevant for researchers, students, and practitioners in the area. Each chapter ends with related references, which will help readers dig deeper into the subject."
    —Satyajayant Misra, IEEE Wireless Communications, December 2015