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Encouraging cultural exploration: A dynamic tour guide based on personalised contextual information and ad-hoc planning

: Hodgson, Benjamin; Megliola, Maurizio; Toffolo, Silvana; Zöllner, Michael; Keil, Jens

Cunningham, P.:
Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies. Pt.2 : eChallenges e-2008 Conference, 22 - 24 October 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008 (Information and communication technologies and the knowledge economy 5)
ISBN: 978-1-58603-924-0
ISSN: 1574-1230
eChallenges Conference <18, 2008, Stockholm>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
augmented reality (AR); location-based service (LBS); wireless communication

Because of the difficulties in navigating public transport networks and finding out about available activities, cultural tourists tend to follow a pre-planned itinerary and to visit a fairly small set of well known attractions. An analogous situation emerges at the cultural heritage sites themselves: while cultural heritage sites typically have a large amount of archive material, only a small amount of information can be presented, therefore visitors tend not to explore the culturalsignificance of exhibits in depth.
Our solution represents a complete mobile information system for travellers intended to encourage exploration. The system consists of three modules: firstly location-based information intended to enhance the cultural tourist's understanding and to suggest exploratory activities based on modelling the users interests; secondly ad-hoc itinerary planning functionality to give the user the confidence to explore and a novel augmented reality system for presenting information in a user friendly way using markerless tracking. This paper covers the research and development aspects of iTACITUS, a sixth framework programme project, reporting on both technical and coordination issues, as well as interaction issues encountered during the project trials.