November 8, 2011: Ph.D. student James Biagioni wins "Best Presentation Award" at SenSys 2011

Photo caption: Computer Science Ph.D. student James Biagioni presenting at SenSys 2011

Computer Science Ph.D. student James Biagioni was recently awarded the "Best Presentation Award" at SenSys 2011, the premier conference for research in sensor systems. James was presenting the paper "EasyTracker: Automatic Transit Tracking, Mapping and Arrival Time Prediction using Smartphones", which is joint work with CS Ph.D. students Tomas Gerlich, Timothy Merrifield, and his advisor Jakob Eriksson. James and Tomas are both NSF IGERT fellows.

In addition to the award, James received glowing reviews from well-known former Harvard professor Matt Welsh (now at Google), who called it "One of the best conference talks I have seen in a long time" on his blog .

EasyTracker is a system that facilitates the creation of bus tracking services for transit agencies. The system has two main components: a smartphone in every bus that needs to be tracked, and a central server that automatically infers the necessary metadata for a bus tracking system, such as the routes traveled, stops served, and their respective schedules. The team behind EasyTracker drew inspiration from their experience building the UIC shuttle tracker .

Photo caption: Screenshot of a new version of the UIC shuttle tracker as automatically generated by the new EasyTracker system

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