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    Seamless Pedestrian Positioning and Navigation Using Landmarks

    Basiri, Anahid and Amirian, Pouria and Winstanley, Adam C. and Marsh, Stuart and Moore, Terry and Gales, Guillaume (2016) Seamless Pedestrian Positioning and Navigation Using Landmarks. Journal of Navigation, 69 (1). pp. 24-40. ISSN 1469-7785

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    Many navigation services, such as car navigation services, provide users with praxic navigational instructions (such as “turn left after 200 metres, then turn right after 150 metres”), however people usually associate directions with visual cues (e.g. “turn right at the square”) when giving navigational instructions in their daily conversations. Landmarks can play an equally important role in navigation and routing services. Landmarks are unique and easy-to-recognise and remember features; therefore, in order to remember when exploring an unfamiliar environment, they would be assets. In addition, Landmarks can be found both indoors and outdoors and their locations are usually fixed. Any positioning techniques which use landmarks as reference points can potentially provide seamless (indoor and outdoor) positioning solutions. For example, users can be localised with respect to landmarks if they can take a photograph of a registered landmark and use an application for image processing and feature extraction to identify the landmark and its location. Landmarks can also be used in pedestrian-specific path finding services. Landmarks can be considered as an important parameter in a path finding algorithm to calculate a route passing more landmarks (to make the user visit a more tourist-focussed area, pass along an easier-to-follow route, etc.). Landmarks can also be used as a part of the navigational instructions provided to users; a landmark-based navigation service makes users sure that they are on the correct route, as the user is reassured by seeing the landmark whose information/picture has just been provided as a part of navigational instruction. This paper shows how landmarks can help improve positioning and praxic navigational instructions in all these ways.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Landmark; Pedestrian Navigation; Landmark-based Path Finding; Seamless Navigation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 10382
    Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 14:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Navigation
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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