Orienteering as a competitive sport is shaped by local strategies and decisions. Since the beginning of the availability of GPS, movement data of professional orienteering events have been recorded and mostly visually analyzed.
However, there is still few work that focuses on the quantitative analysis of the influence of context data such as terrain type, weather conditions, or elevation, on a runner’s performance in a professional setting. Apart from the influence of context data on the runner’s performance Luca will also quantitatively investigate the effect of the environment (e.g. the terrain, especially vegetation and landmarks) on orientation mistakes.
The bachelor thesis will last until the end of the spring semester 2019.
Several outcomes have been published at ETH’s first Learning and Teaching Fair in November 2018.
Figure: Christian Sailer explains teaching scenarios with OMLETH © Heidi Hostettler, ETH Zürich
In the most recent issue of the “Globe” magazine of ETH Zürich, our projects SBB Green Class and GoEco! were featured as a way to understand human mobility, improve environmental performance and enable intelligent demand management. Multi-modal mobility, trip analysis, eco-feedback generation and smart mobility management are seen as important building blocks for the future of travel, all conveniently supported by a smartphone app that can record mobility and communicate with the user.
You can download the “Intelligent Mobility” issue on the ETH Zürich website.
We were invited for a workshop at PH Zurich’s UNM meeting Teaching with Digital Media to present location-based mobile learning as a teaching strategy. The event was fully booked and divided in keynotes and workshops.
The first keynote was held by Anja Wyden Guelpa (Director & founder of civicLab) about “Das Rathaus als Vergnügungspark – Was funktioniert bei der Demokratievermittlung?” to foster the engagement of the next generation’s participation in our democracy in a contemporary and digital way. The second keynote was held by Paolo Rüegg with “Das digitale Sackmesser” who spoke about acquiring a skill set of programming (learning languages) to understand and create the world of tomorrow.
Afterwards, the practical part began with workshops about education that works. Here, OMLETH was presented in the rainy afternoons. After a quick introduction, participants – mainly scientists and didacts of different subjects, general pedagogues, and teachers – experienced the tool with a short education trail around the campus, although the weather was not very amazing. However, this is real education! Back in the seminar room, they had to reflect on the strategy and tool using a collaborative mindmap tool. As a next step, a talk about using OMLETH under real conditions followed. Marianne Wülser, a teacher from AKSA, presented the experiences and learnings using OMLETH in Geography. In the final discussion, the participants asked questions where the latest findings of the OMLETH research study were embedded. The whole workshop’s slides can be found here.
The UNM meeting 2018 was a great experience to learn how teachers from every level and field think, act and reflect about location-based mobile learning.
Our poster at this year’s SCCER Mobility conference showed insights gained from the SBB Green Class project. It could be seen that a Mobility as a Service offer such as SBB Green Class (including public transport passes, an electric car, etc.) may substantially lower the carbon footprint of people using it. At the SCCER CREST conference we got the chance to present the (now almost completed) GoEco! project and the insights gained from it. Especially people living in rural areas showed significant mobility behavior changes for all routes they systematically travel.
The ETH Zürich Energy Science Center featured an article about our ongoing project with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) titled “Capturing Usage Patterns Of A Comprehensive Mobility-As-A-Service Offer With GPS-Tracking – First Results From The SBB Green Class Project” on their Spotlight on Energy Research blog. You can read the full article here. At this point we would like to thank the Energy Science Center again for giving us the opportunity to present our research to their audience!
Our team member Dr. David Jonietz was recently interviewed by Bulletin, the leading Swiss magazine for electrical engineering and industry, on current research activities and projects of the MIE Lab.
Read the resulting article about future mobility concepts in Switzerland here (in German).