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30.9. Finding near-by services from web pages

Public examination of a doctoral dissertation in the field of Computer Science
Doctoral candidate: MSc Andrei Tabarcea
Date and venue: 30.9.2015 at 12 noon, M101, Metria, Joensuu campus
Language of the dissertation: English
Language of the public examination: English

Nowadays, positioning techniques and internet connectivity are available everywhere, making location easily available and significantly improving context-aware applications such as web search, data mining, contextual recommendation or mobile gaming. The main issue is not anymore how to retrieve the user's location, but how to find relevant services near-by the user location from web. The geo-location of these services is rarely included in their websites but postal addresses is often found. This thesis presents automatic solutions to identify service and shop locations, and extract their title and a descriptive image for summary. A location-based orienteering game called O-Mopsi is introduced. It encourages physical activity by finding targets using mobile phone with GPS.

The doctoral dissertation of Master of Science MSc Andrei Tabarcea entitled Location-Based Web Search and Mobile Applications will be examined at the Faculty of Science and Forestry. The opponent in the public examination will be Professor Tapio Salakoski, University of Turku and the custos will be Professor Pasi Fränti, University of Eastern Finland.