An evaluation system for intelligent smart badges
Thesis DisciplineComputer Science
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
In this thesis we develop and test a software algorithm for an electronic smart badge system. The smart badge system we have developed has the ability to figure out the interests of people who wear the badge by using time and position information collected by the badge. The badge can also present feedback to the wearer, so that users may be guided to people will similar interests and so may have more effective conversations. The smart badge system is based on an inference system which uses a Bayesian network. Evaluation of the system was challenging because there were no completed badges that could be used. To overcome this, we developed a simulation of crowd behaviour in a conference setting. We tuned the parameters of the model using several test situations and the final simulated behavior appeared realistic. Compared to other smart badge systems, our work is unique because it is able to enhance conversation by the real time inference of common ideas or interests of the conversion participants.