• Creating a bespoke virtual reality personal library space for persons with severe visual disabilities

      Weir, K; Loizides, F; Nahar, V; Aggoun, A; Buchanan, G; Huang, Ruhua; 003, Dan Wu; Marchionini, Gary; He, Daqing; Cunningham, Sally Jo; et al. (ACM, 2020-08-01)
      We present our work on creating a virtual reality personal library environment to enable people with severe visual disabilities to engage in reading tasks. The environment acts as a personal study or library to an individual, who under other circumstances would not be able to access or use a public library or a physical study at home.We present tests undertaken to identify the requirements and needs of our users to inform this environment and finally present the working prototype.
    • MultiModal route planning in mobility as a service

      Georgakis, P; Almohammad, A; Bothos, E; Magoutas, B; Arnaoutaki, K; Mentzas, G; Barnaghi, Payam M; Gottlob, Georg; Katsaros, Dimitrios; Manolopoulos, Yannis; et al. (ACM, 2019-10-31)
      Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a new approach for multimodal transportation in smart cities which refers to the seamless integration of various forms of transport services accessible through one single digital platform. In a MaaS environment there can be a multitude of multi modal options to reach a destination which are derived from combinations of available transport services. Terefore, route planning functionalities in the MaaS era need to be able to generate multi-modal routes using constraints related to a user's modal allowances, service provision and limited user preferences (e.g. mode exclusions) and suggest to the traveller the routes that are relevant for specific trips as well as aligned to her/his preferences. In this paper, we describe an architecture for a MaaS multi-modal route planner which integrates i) a dynamic journey planner that aggregates unimodal routes from existing route planners (e.g. Google directions or Here routing), enriches them with innovative mobility services typically found in MaaS schemes, and converts them to multimodal options, while considering aspects of transport network supply and ii) a route recommender that filters and ranks the available routes in an optimal manner, while trying to satisfy travellers' preferences as well as requirements set by the MaaS operator (e.g. environmental friendliness of the routes or promotion of specific modes of transport).