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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 9 (2013), Issue 2, Pages 139-155
http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/MIS-130157

A Weight-Aware Recommendation Algorithm for Mobile Multimedia Systems

Pedro M. P. Rosa,1 Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues,1 and Filippo Basso2

1Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
2Zirak s.r.l., Italy

Received 28 February 2013; Accepted 28 February 2013

Copyright © 2013 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the last years, information flood is becoming a common reality, and the general user, hit by thousands of possible interesting information, has great difficulties identifying the best ones, that can guide him in his/her daily choices, like concerts, restaurants, sport gatherings, or culture events. The current growth of mobile smartphones and tablets with embedded GPS receiver, Internet access, camera, and accelerometer offer new opportunities to mobile ubiquitous multimedia applications that helps gathering the best information out of an always growing list of possibly good ones. This paper presents a mobile recommendation system for events, based on few weighted context-awareness data-fusion algorithms to combine several multimedia sources. A demonstrative deployment were utilized relevance like location data, user habits and user sharing statistics, and data-fusion algorithms like the classical CombSUM and CombMNZ, simple, and weighted. Still, the developed methodology is generic, and can be extended to other relevance, both direct (background noise volume) and indirect (local temperature extrapolated by GPS coordinates in a Web service) and other data-fusion techniques. To experiment, demonstrate, and evaluate the performance of different algorithms, the proposed system was created and deployed into a working mobile application providing real time awareness-based information of local events and news.