Visually Supporting Location and Routing Decisions in Tourist Trip Planning: An Exploratory Approach
2016 20th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV) (2016)
July 19, 2016 to July 22, 2016
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/IV.2016.17
This paper presents a new web-based tool which allows the visualization of real online data combined with other relevant information for supporting tourist trip planning decisions. The main decisions intended supporting concern location, namely place to stay, and routing, which sites to visit and the best sequence to visit them. As they are interconnected, location and routing should be addressed simultaneously. The integrated view has been addressed in the literature from a modeling and solution approach perspective, however, lack of comprehensive visualization solutions to help the decision-making process may hinder their real-world applicability. Although this work focuses on a specific application, the tool presented herein can support other real-world location-routing applications (e.g. in logistics). It enables interactive visualizations and navigation in web browsers, and provides functionalities considered important in the context of tourist trip planning. Focus group and usability evaluation were used throughout the development of the tool for collecting information and testing visualizations and interactions.
Planning, Routing, Data visualization, Software, Google, Weather forecasting
R. B. Lopes, T. Coelho and B. S. Santos, "Visually Supporting Location and Routing Decisions in Tourist Trip Planning: An Exploratory Approach," 2016 20th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV), Lisbon, Portugal, 2016, pp. 236-241.