Smartphone-Based Navigation System for Outdoor Positioning

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 105

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Apostolos Meliones
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Guest Editor
Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, 18534 Piraeus, Greece
Interests: distributed systems; metacomputing; fault-tolerant supercomputing; total quality management of broadband networks; network embedded systems; telecommunication systems; audiovisual systems; real-time systems; industrial HPCN; satcom applications; pervasive computing; assistive mobile computing
Department of Digital Systems, School of Information and Communication Technologies, University of Piraeus, 18534 Piraeus, Greece
Interests: AR/VR applications for blind and visually impaired people; educational technology for impaired learners; computational pedagogy; assistive mobile applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smartphones integrated with a large array of sensors enhance and augment the quality of our lives. They are used in a wide variety of situations, ranging from recreational and educational purposes to facilitating communication, as well as location-based services specifically addressing particular target groups to help them acquire orientation and mobility skills. For the visually impaired and other individuals who face challenges in navigating roads, smartphone-based navigation and positioning systems are particularly important, as they enable them to actively participate in social activities. A major requirement in outdoor blind navigation is accurate positioning and navigation guidance; typical errors in GPS positioning and oral instructions relying on visual context, as encountered in typical navigation applications, cannot be tolerated. A further challenge for this type of service is their availability, especially in areas with weak signal reception. Therefore, novel multi-modal sensor-fusion solutions, frameworks, and algorithms should be designed to meet the requirements of positioning accuracy. Additional aids enhancing navigation safety are particularly important, contributing to their more sophisticated application and increased user acceptance.

This Special Issue, therefore, welcomes original application-focused research and investigations on smartphone-based navigation and positioning. It aims to promote communication and interaction between researchers in different fields in order to tackle this multi-faceted problem, with deep societal consequences. It further aims to increase awareness and cultivate empathy towards to the special needs of this group of people.

Dr. Apostolos Meliones
Guest Editor

Dr. Paraskevi Theodorou
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • navigation
  • positioning
  • smartphone
  • smartphone-based localization and navigation
  • outdoor positioning

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