Location-Based Services

illustration mobile phone

We are now living in a mobile information era, which is fundamentally changing science and society. Our group on “Location-Based Services (LBS)” tackles research questions that arise in the mobile information society from a geographic information science (GIScience) perspective. Specifically, our group focuses on:

  1. Design of human-centered LBS (typically mobile applications on smartphones or wearable devices) to better support people’s daily decision-making and activities in space (e.g., navigation/wayfinding, city exploration, mobility, and social interaction);
  2. Use of LBS and location/activity-sensing technologies to study and model people’s perception of, experiences and behaviors in space (e.g., emotions towards environments, and mobility within a city). The aim is to create a “subjective” layer aggregating people’s subjective experiences in space, and overlay this layer on top of existing “objective” geospatial data.
  3. Impact of LBS on both individuals and society, for example, how do LBS influence people’s spatial ability, and the way people interact with each other and their behaviours in space?

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research field, we often employ both empirical (e.g., lab/field experiments, and focus groups) and computational methods (e.g., data modeling, data analysis, simulation and prediction).

Group leader

Dr. Haosheng Huang

Group members

  • Zhiyong Zhou  -- (PhD student)
  • Ran Zhang -- (visiting PhD student, NTU Singapore)
  • Wangshu Wang -- (external PhD student, TU Wien)
  • Gian Raphael Prinz -- (MSc student)
  • Kimberley Chin -- (MSc student)
  • Darryl Schumacher -- (MSc student)
  • Melanie Willimann -- (MSc student)
  • Benedikt Steger -- (MSc student)
  • Julian Kissling -- (MSc student)
  • Martin Perebner -- (external MSc student, TU Wien)
  • Junyan Li -- (external MSc student, TU Munich)

 Belongs to the organizational unit

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)