Two open thesis topics related to accessibility of mobility-restricted people

As announced earlier in our blog, there are open thesis topics within the European project: CAP4Access. Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group is a project partner of CAP4ACCESS. Other project partners include UCL, Fraunhofer and with their project.

The goal of CAP4Access project is to improve the accessibility of mobility-restricted people, in particular those who are wheelchair users. As all developed applications shall be openly accessible by the public, only free geodata such as OpenStreetMap is eligible.

One of the tasks of the work packages pursued in Heidelberg is Quality Assessment of OpenStreetMap data. The data completeness in OSM regarding features that are of importance for navigation of wheelchair users, such as information on sidewalks, curbs and incline of surfaces is still poor in many regions. Therefore we aim to conduct a thesis with the goal to improve this situation. The topic may be adapted to the level of Bachelor, Master, Diploma, Teacher, etc.

This topic is about a web-based service for object-based quality analysis of sidewalk features in OpenStreetMap (document in German).

The second topic is about Implementation of a mobile indoor navigation service for people with mobility impairments (document in German).

Both topics are highly relevant from both a practical and a scientific perspective. If you are a student interested in these topics (Bachelor, Master, Teacher etc.) please contact Dr. Mohamed Bakillah.