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Cyclopath is a routing and mapping system for bicyclists in the Twin Cities metro area. The system, developed at the University of Minnesota, generates bicycling routes that can be personalized to meet individual cyclists' preferences. Cyclopath is also the world's first full-featured geographic wiki—all users can edit the system's maps of roads and trails. Much information about bike trails and cycling conditions is currently known only to individual cyclists, and Cyclopath allows them to share this key knowledge with each other.
Cyclopath is a popular resource for the cycling community and a powerful research platform. In this seminar, Loren Terveen described the innovative aspects of the Cyclopath system design, summarized several research studies of Cyclopath users and usage, and highlighted a few new development and research directions.
Loren Terveen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research is focused on human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication. Terveen is especially interested in using technology to help people develop strong social ties and form communities based on shared interests.
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