Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Kaveh Pahlavan recently hosted the second International Workshop on Opportunistic Radio Frequency Localization for Next Generation Wireless Devices. Fifty experts attended the workshop, which featured discussions on localization requirements for homeland security and emergency responders; combining air interfaces, bands, planes, and technologies; breakthroughs in satellite navigation and wireless spectrum; the role of standardization; and statistical modeling and the ability to forecast human behavior.
University of Massachusetts Lowell professor Guanling Chen and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Marta Gonzalez offered presentations about the use of wireless technology to analyze human movement. Chen's research focuses on how users behave in social networks. Chen's "friendship modeling" metrics analyze the shared interests and proximity of subscribers to social networking services. Gonzalez's research provides insight into human movement in urban areas by layering data about commercial, recreational, and professional traffic patterns on transportation patterns derived from wireless signals.
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