Patent Awarded: System and Method for Rendering a Distributed Location-Aware System

This patent is a distributed location-aware system that is able to efficiently exchange location data over large geographic areas without requiring a centralized server. See US 9,130,995 B1 for more information. Issued Sept 8, 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, contact Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.

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NCTR Researchers Receive Patent for Automatic Trip Purpose Detection

On June 2, 2015, the United States Patent Office awarded Patent No. 9,047,384, System and Method for Automatically Determining Purpose Information for Travel Behavior to a team of researchers from the National Center for Transit Research (www.nctr.usf.edu) and College of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida. The patent is for an automated trip-purpose detection method that

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Patent Awarded: Distributed and Decentralized Location Aware Architecture

United States Patent 8924536 | Issue Date of U.S. Patent December 30, 2014 A distributed and decentralized location-aware system that includes a number of peers, each in communication with other peers and adapted to communicate PING, PONG, and ALERT messages. Each of the messages has a header that includes location information. Also provided is a method of communication between two

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Patent Awarded: System And Method For Spatial Point-Of-Interest Generation And Automated Trip Segmentation Using Location Data

United States Patent 8843315 | Issue Date of U.S. Patent September 23, 2014 This invention is a spatial data processing system and method that allows the automatic, rapid, scalable analysis and transformation of large amounts of travel behavior data (e.g., tracking data points) into individual “points-of-interest” and discrete trips stored in a spatial database. Each trip has a point-of-interest as

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Patent Awarded: System for Pattern Recognition in Real-Time Location-Based Services Applications

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded U.S. Patent # 8,751,162 – System for Pattern Recognition in Real-Time Location-Based Services Applications.   A prediction method that estimates the real-time position of a mobile device based on previously observed data is provided.  The present invention can be used in real-time navigation, including

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Patent Awarded: Architecture and Two-Layered Protocol for Real-Time Location-Aware Applications

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded U.S. Patent #8,725,831 – Architecture and Two-Layered Protocol for Real-Time Location-Aware Applications.   A two-layered communication protocol that supports efficient real-time location-aware application on multiple mobile devices that must communicate with each other and/or a centralized server.  The two-layer protocol includes a method of

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Patent Awarded: Adaptive location data buffering for location-aware applications

On May 6, 2014, the US Patent and Trade Office awarded US Patent Number 8,718,671 to CUTR’s Sean Barbeau, PhD, Phil Winters, and Nevine Georggi, and Rafael Perez, PhD and Miguel Labrador, PhD  with USF Computer Science and Engineering for an adaptive location data buffering method for location-aware applications on a mobile device. The method transmits location data packets via

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Patent Awarded: Using Pattern Recognition in Real-Time LBS Applications

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded U.S. Patent #8,600,674 – Using Pattern Recognition in Real-Time LBS Applications. A prediction method that estimates the real-time position of a mobile device based on previously observed data is provided.  The present invention can be used in real-time navigation, including providing real-time alerts of

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CUTR Researchers Awarded Patent on Real-Time Travel Path Prediction and Automated Incident Alerts

On October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent US 8,548,724 – System and Method for Real-time Travel Path Prediction and Automated Incident Alerts – to a team of researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida.  The patent covers a path prediction method

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Patent Awarded: Method for Determining Critical Points in Location Data Generated by Location-Based Applications

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded a patent for U.S. Patent # 8,249,807 – Method for Determining Critical Points in Location Data Generated by Location-Based Applications – Reduces the amount of location data sent over a wireless network by pre-filtering the data on-board a mobile device and eliminating “non-critical”

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Patent Awarded: Method of Providing a Destination Alert to a Transit System Rider

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were awarded a patent for U.S. Patent # 8,169,342 – Method of Providing a Destination Alert to a Transit System Rider – Algorithm used in the Travel Assistance Device (TAD) system to alert a transit rider when to exit the bus based on their real-time

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Patent Awarded: On-Demand Emergency Notification System Using GPS-Equipped Devices Patent

Researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the USF Computer Science and Engineering Department were recently awarded U.S. Patent # 8,145,183 – On-Demand Emergency Notification System using GPS-equipped Devices – Mobile app to automatically determine the cell phone user’s current evacuation zone and real-time evacuation information for that zone. Issued March 27, 2012, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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