NEWLY PUBLISHED--“Telegeoinformatics: Location-Based Computing and Services” edited by Hassan Karimi (University of Pittsburgh) and Amin Hammad (Concordia University, Canada). Publisher: Taylor & Francis Books, Inc. (2004)

  photo of the bookWhat is Telegeoinformatics? The term " Telegeoinformatics" was coined by Dr. Karimi as a discipline that encompasses telecommunication for mobile computing, thus "tele," geospatial data and processing, thus "geo," and information processing, thus "informatics." Telegeoinformatics is defined as a new discipline emerging as a result of integrating mobile computing, wired and wireless communications , and geoinformatics including Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and remote sensing techniques and technologies. In short, Telegeoinformatics is a distributed mobile computing environment where location - aware mobile clients are interconnected to other mobile clients, stationary clients, and servers via wired and wireless communication networks and where the bulk of computations is location based. With this in mind, Telegeoinformatics is a discipline that encompasses Location-Based Computing (LBC), providing the underpinning computing and communication infrastructure, and Location-Based Services (LBSs), supporting the set of technologies and data to process application-specific requests.

Users of Telegeoinformatics come from diverse backgrounds and interests wanting to solve a range of problems emphasizing location information. Users of Telegeoinformatics range from individuals seeking locations of nearby objects (e.g., restaurants) while driving , using in-car navigation systems or subscribing to LBSs , to dispatchers managing a fleet of vehicles within an area in real time (e.g., delivery truck services), to engineers interested in obtaining such information as most up-to-date imagery and GIS data to repair damage on infrastructures (e.g., bridges). Like users, applications of Telegeoinformatics, both existing and emerging, are diverse and widespread. Example applications include transportation, transit, utilities, environmental studies, navigation, planning, and public health.

The goal of publishing a book on Telegeoinformatics was to provide potential readers from different backgrounds and expertise to realize the fundamental intricacies of Telegeoinformatics. To achieve this goal, the book is divided into three major parts: Theories and Technologies , Integrated Data and T echnologies, and A pplications. Each part contains several chapters, each covering an important topic in Telegeoinformatics. The book is intended to be used by researchers, professionals, and students from different disciplines including computer science, information technology, and engineering.

Dr. Karimi is an Assistant Professor in SIS's Department of Information Science and Telecommunications. Dr. Karimi's current research interests include geospatial information systems, grid/distributed/parallel computing, mobile computing, computational geometry, in-car navigation systems, spatial algorithms, and spatial databases.

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