Mobile Intelligent Assistant

Navigation systems are widespread tools in automobiles. According to recent german studies, the percentage of pre-installed navigation systems increased from less than 6% to 18% within the last six years (in Germany). The percentage of mobile navigation systems even rose from 1% to almost 31% in the same period. With regard to usability and traffic routing, constant progress has been made during the last years. However, there is still room for improvement in many ways.

MIA is a collection providing tools for improving and personalizing the in-car navigation. Therefore web-based services are used in order to support the driver with additional information incorporated in the route guidance. Furthermore, it contains utilities that take the drivers spatial knowledge of the environment into account and adapts the verbal driving instructions according to this knowledge.

Usually, the presentation of the itinerary is very detailed - even if the driver knows parts of the route very well. This is often distracting and annoying. Presentation techniques that take the users knowledge and driving behavior into account can improve the user experience considerably.

Present solutions aim at optimizing routes without taking the driver’s personal knowledge, experience, and preferences into account and, thus, are not personalized. However, incorporation of personal information could improve presentation of routes significantly. On the one hand, instructions should be rather short and abstract, if the user knows the particular area, and, on the other hand, more detailed, while driving through unknown territory.



Exploring the multifarious facets of electromobility

colognE-mobil II

Exploring the multifarious facets of e-mobility, with a focus on smart navigation solutions


Jürgen Ziegler

Full Professor


Improving navigation support by taking care of drivers’ situational needs

Münter, D., Kötteritzsch, A., Islinger, T., Köhler, T., Wolff, C., and Ziegler, J. (2012). AutomotiveUI ’12: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications. Portsmouth, NH, USA: ACM.

Einflussfaktoren für eine situationsgerechte Navigationsunterstützung im Fahrzeug

Münter, D., Kötteritzsch, A., Linder, T., Hofmann, J., Hussein, T., and Ziegler, J. (2012). Mensch & Computer 2012: 12. fachübergreifende Konferenz für interaktive und kooperative Medien. Interaktiv informiert – allgegenwärtig und allumfassend!?. München: Oldenbourg Verlag.

Service-Based Recommendations for Context-Aware Navigation Support

Münter, D., Hussein, T., Gaulke, W., and Ziegler, J. (2012). Zukünftige Entwicklungen in der Mobilität: Betriebswirtschaftliche und Technische Aspekte - Tagungsband des 3. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität. Wiesbaden: Gabler Verlag.

Generating Route Instructions with Varying Levels of Detail

Ziegler, J., Hussein, T., Münter, D., Hofmann, J., and Linder, T. (2011). 3rd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI 2011).

Nutzeradaptive Routenführung in Navigationssystemen

Münter, D., Hussein, T., Linder, T., Hofmann, J., and Ziegler, J. (2011). Mensch & Computer 2011. München: Oldenbourg.

Adaptive Routenbeschreibungen für Navigationssysteme

Münter, D. and Hussein, T. (2011). i-com – Zeitschrift für interaktive und kooperative Medien, 10(1), 11 –17.

Adaptive presentation of itineraries in navigation systems by means of semantic models

Münter, D. and Hussein, T. (2011). SEMAIS ’11: Proceedings of the 2nd workshop on Semantic Models for Adaptive Interactive Systems (in conjunction with IUI 2011).