What is MeetYouThere?
MYTH, or MeetYouThere is based on the previous research, MeetYouThere. The goal of this function is to help users arranging a meeting, based on their routines.
- The mobile device collects information about location and movement of the user, by the help of its GPS receiver
- Based on this dataset, patterns of user routines are identified
- These routines are used for future meeting planning among registered COPI users
- Offered meeting points are displayed on a graphical map layout
- For all the shown candidates, application calculates:
- Estimated probability of the meeting
- Distance from the current routine
- Time of waiting for the other user to get there
- MeetYouThere operates in real-time, without raising privacy issues (no one of the participating users are aware of the prospective location of the other user at the meeting point's time)
How it works?
- Phone uses GPS to track the location of its owner
- Collected data is uploaded to the COPI server occasionally
- Location records are concatenated into routes
- Algorithms recognises if the user has been on the same route earlier
- Repetition of routes is maintained, as well as on which days of the week they are defined
- New measured points are used for refining and correcting existing stored routines
- Based on given parameters, possible meeting points are calculated
Algorithm outline of route recognition
How to use
MeetYouThere is integrated into COPI Android client. Location tracking has been implemented as a standalone background service, so constant running of COPI application is not needed for accurate route recognition.
User interface was designed to be unambiguous and easy to use. Meeting arrangement form is shown as below.
Calculating optimal points
The actual points are displayed on a graphical, fully-functional map layout. Tapping one of the markers, details of the offered meeting point are shown.
Meeting points on the map
Routine-based functionality is a cutting-edge field in community networking, as application areas of a database filled with user routines are still a subject of research.
Shown meeting point recommendation application is only one of the possible innovative employments. AMORG is busy exploring other ways to exploit this opportunity within mobile applications. Some of our ideas:
- Ad system, where target audience is users who usually comes around the advertiser
- Pre-warning application on traffic difficulties (eg. road block, strike, etc...)