Platys: From Position to Place-Oriented Mobile Computing


  • Laura Zavala Medgar Evers College, City University of New York
  • Pradeep K. Murukannaiah North Carolina State University
  • Nithyananthan Poosamani North Carolina State University.
  • Tim Finin University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Anupam Joshi University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Injong Rhee North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Munindar P. Singh North Carolina State University



The Platys project focuses on developing a high-level, semantic notion of location called place. A place, unlike a geospatial position, derives its meaning from a user’s actions and interactions in addition to the physical location where they occur. Our aim is to enable the construction of a large variety of applications that take advantage of place to render relevant content and functionality and thus, improve user experience. We consider elements of context that are particularly related to mobile computing. The main problems we have addressed to realize our place-oriented mobile computing vision, are representing places, recognizing places, engineering place-aware applications. We describe the approaches we have developed for addressing these problems and related subproblems. A key element of our work is the use of collaborative information sharing where users’ devices share and integrate knowledge about places. Our place ontology facilitates such collaboration. Declarative privacy policies allow users to specify contextual features under which they prefer to share or not share their information.




How to Cite

Zavala, L., Murukannaiah, P. K., Poosamani, N., Finin, T., Joshi, A., Rhee, I., & Singh, M. P. (2015). Platys: From Position to Place-Oriented Mobile Computing. AI Magazine, 36(2), 50-62.