Efficient Constraint Processing for Location-aware Computing

Zhengdao Xu and Hans-Arno Jacobsen.

In 6th International Mobile Data Management Conference (MDM), pages 3-12, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, May 2005.
Acceptance rate: 25%.

Abstract

For many applications, such as friend finder, buddy tracking, and location mapping in mobile wireless networks or information sharing and cooperative caching in mobile ad hoc networks, it is often important to be able to identify whether a given set of moving objects is close to each other or close to a given point of demarcation. To achieve this, continuously available location position information of thousands of mobile objects must be correlated against each other to identify whether a fixed set of objects is in a certain proximity relation, which, if satisfied, would be signaled to the objects or any interested party. In this paper, we state this problem, referring to it as the location constraint matching problem and present and evaluate solutions for solving it. We introduce two types of location constraints to model the proximity relations and experimentally validate that our solution scales to the processing of hundreds of thousands of constraints and moving objects.

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