1st Edition

Indoor Wayfinding and Navigation

Edited By

Hassan A. Karimi

ISBN 9781482230840
Published March 25, 2015 by CRC Press
266 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Cognition for the Navigation of Complex Indoor Environments
Stephen C. Hirtle and Cristina Robles Bahm
The Role of Affect on Expanding Indoor Spatial Knowledge
Samvith Srinivas and Stephen C. Hirtle
Technologies for Positioning in Indoor Areas
Prashant Krishnamurthy
Magnetic Indoor Local Positioning System
Jorg Blankenbach and Abdelmoumen Norrdine
Localization in Underground Tunnels
Fernando Pereira, Adriano Moreira, Christian Theis, and Manuel Ricardo
Map-Aided Indoor Navigation
Susanna Kaiser, Mohammed Khider, Maria Garcia Puyol, Luigi Bruno, and Patrick Robertson
Indoor Navigation Challenges for Visually Impaired People
M. Beatrice Dias, Ermine A. Teves, George J. Zimmerman, Hend K. Gedawy, Sarah M. Belousov, and M. Bernardine Dias
Indoor Navigation Aids for Blind and Visually Impaired People
M. Bernardine Dias and Satish Ravishankar
The NavPal Suite of Tools for Enhancing Indoor Navigation for Blind Travelers
M. Bernardine Dias
Future Directions in Indoor Navigation Technology for Blind Travelers
M. Bernardine Dias, Aaron Steinfeld, and M. Beatrice Dias
Protecting Privacy in Indoor Positioning Systems
Balaji Palanisamy and James Joshi

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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