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04-04-2017

Much appreciated presentation of the project WeMap at an international conference in San Diego

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Much appreciated presentation of the project WeMap at an international conference in San Diego
Much appreciated presentation of the project WeMap at an international conference in San Diego

The project WeMap of the Institute of Information Systems was presented at the 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, USA. Zhan Liu, senion research associate at the Data Semantic Lab, has done a much appreciated presentation.

Creating an optimal travel plan is not an easy task, particularly for people with mobility disabilities, for whom even simple trips, such as eating out in a restaurant, can be extremely difficult. Many of their travel plans need to be made days or even months in advance, including the route and time of day to travel. These plans must take into account ways in which to navigate the area, as well as the most suitable means of transportation.

In response to these challenges, WeMap was designed to develop a solution that used linked data technologies in the domains of tourism services and e-governance to build a smart city application for wheelchair accessibility. This smart phone application provides useful travel information to enable those with mobility disabilities to travel more easily.