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Automatic construction and multi-level visualization of semantic trajectories

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With the prevalence of GPS-embedded mobile devices, enormous amounts of mobility data are being collected in the form of trajectory - a stream of (x, y, t) points. Such trajectories are of heterogeneous entities - vehicles, people, animals, parcels etc. Most applications primarily analyze raw trajectory data and extract geometric patterns. Real-life applications however, need a far more comprehensive, semantic representation of trajectories. This paper demonstrates the automatic construction and visualization capabilities of SeMiTri - a system we built that exploits 3rd party information sources containing geographic information, to semanti-cally enrich trajectories. The construction stack encapsulates several spatio-temporal data integration and mining techniques to automatically compute and annotate all meaningful parts of heterogeneous trajectories. The visualization interface exhibits different levels of data abstraction, from low-level raw trajectories (i.e. the initial GPS trace) to high-level semantic trajectories (i.e. the sequence of interesting places where moving objects have passed and/or stayed). © 2010 ACM.