Towards translating raw indoor positioning data into mobility semantics

Huan Li, Hua Lu, Gang Chen, Ke Chen, Qinkuang Chen, Lidan Shou

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Indoor mobility analyses are increasingly interesting due to the rapid growth of raw indoor positioning data obtained from IoT infrastructure. However, high-level analyses are still in urgent need of a concise but semantics-oriented representation of the mobility implied by the raw data. This work studies the problem of translating raw indoor positioning data into mobility semantics that describe a moving object’s mobility event (What) someplace (Where) at some time (When). The problem is non-trivial mainly because of the inherent errors in the uncertain, discrete raw data. We propose a three-layer framework to tackle the problem. In the cleaning layer, we design a cleaning method that eliminates positioning data errors by considering indoor mobility constraints. In the annotation layer, we propose a split-and-match approach to annotate mobility semantics on the cleaned data. The approach first employs a density-based splitting method to divide positioning sequences into split snippets according to underlying mobility events, followed by a semantic matching method that makes proper annotations for split snippets. In the complementing layer, we devise an inference method that makes use of the indoor topology and the mobility semantics already obtained to recover the missing mobility semantics. The extensive experiments demonstrate that our solution is efficient and effective on both real and synthetic data. For typical queries, our solution’s resultant mobility semantics lead to more precise answers but incur less execution time than alternatives.
TidsskriftACM/IMS Transactions on data science
Udgave nummer4
Antal sider37
StatusUdgivet - 2020
Udgivet eksterntJa

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