Location-aware computing

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Location-aware computing refers to computing that takes into account a particular context (mainly position)

Location-aware computing relies on location-based services. In a narrow sense, such services are tied to mobile networks. Services based on other information like IP numbers probably rather use the more "geo-location" term.

  • Location Based Services (LBS) are information and entertainment services accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device. ([ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location-based_service Wikipedia], retrieved 13:37, 3 June 2008 (UTC).)
  • Location-based services can deliver location-aware content to subscribers on the basis of the positioning capability of the wireless infrastructure.

See also: ubiquitous computing

Interest for education

  • Provide services that are appropriate for a given cultural context
  • Tailor size of application to location (slow lines)
  • Guess user's need from a context
  • ...



Talks (slides)
  • Fabien Girardin, Mapping of city dynamics, Mobile Monday Barcelona, Spain, December 3, 2007 Slides/PDF
Institutions and people
  • unype is a location-based social application platform. It interfaces persons conntect to various social software (facebook, Nin, twitter, etc.) via google earch in a chat.


  • Girardin, F., Blat, J., and Nova, N. (2007). Tracing the visitor's eye: Using explicitly disclosed location information for urban analysis. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 6(3):55. PDF
  • Girardin, F. and Nova, N. (2006). Getting real with ubiquitous computing: the impact of discrepancies on collaboration. e-Minds International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction, 1(1):60-64. PDF
  • Steiniger, Stefan, Moritz Neun and Alistair Edwardes, Foundations of Location Based Services", CartouCHe1 - Lecture Notes on LBS, V. 1.0. PDF