Analysis of pedestrian navigation using cellular phones

Yuu Nakajima*, Takatoshi Oishi, Toru Ishida, Daisuke Morikawa

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract. Navigation services for pedestrians are spreading in recent years. Our approach to provide personal navigation is to build a multiagent system that assigns one guiding agent to each human. This paper attempts to demonstrate a design implication of the guiding agent. In the navigation experiment where a pedestrian using a map on a GPScapable cellular phone was guided by a distant navigator, we observed the communication between them by conversation analysis. The result suggests that information required by a pedestrian were the current location, the current direction and a proper route toward a destination. The communications between a pedestrian and a navigator were based on a navigation map or a movement history. When a pedestrian did not understand the map adequately, navigation sometimes failed due to the lack of communication basis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgent Computing and Multi-Agent Systems - 10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2007, Revised Papers
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2007 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2007 Nov 212007 Nov 23

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5044 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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