Mobile Geofencing

The ubiquity of handheld computing technology has been found to be especially useful in disaster management and relief operations. Our focus is to enable developers to quickly deploy mobile applications that take advantage of key sources such Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and government data, that empower citizens to contribute via crowdsourcing, and that provide up-to-date information to decision makers. As part of this project, we are interested in incorporating geofencing capability into our framework to enable users to define a geographic area of interest. This could be done by decision makers to get information about a certain region or by citizens to outline the affected area. Google has recently released a geofencing for Android and this project involves investigating how the library could be incorporated into our app framework (http://air.csail.mit.edu/punya/). Please contact Lalana Kagal at lkagal@csail.mit.edu