Project

Ringing in the Rain

People's daily lives are impacted by a great deal of dynamic environmental information, such as weather and traffic. Though most of this information is now available on the Internet, there isn't an easy way to access it while mobile. In addition, people do not always need to know this kind of information unless there is a significant change that may impact their current or future activities. Ringing in the Rain proposes a distributed, multi-agent architecture that uses GPS-enabled cell phones to build a mobile service development framework. The goal of this framework is to build mobile services to deliver timely changes in environmental information that could impact a user's current or future activities. A weather warning system is developed based on this framework as a demonstration to inform people to leave or detour in advance to avoid being caught in the rain.

People's daily lives are impacted by a great deal of dynamic environmental information, such as weather and traffic. Though most of this information is now available on the Internet, there isn't an easy way to access it while mobile. In addition, people do not always need to know this kind of information unless there is a significant change that may impact their current or future activities. Ringing in the Rain proposes a distributed, multi-agent architecture that uses GPS-enabled cell phones to build a mobile service development framework. The goal of this framework is to build mobile services to deliver timely changes in environmental information that could impact a user's current or future activities. A weather warning system is developed based on this framework as a demonstration to inform people to leave or detour in advance to avoid being caught in the rain.