Recommending Running Routes: Framework and Demonstrator

Loepp, B., & Ziegler, J. (2018).
In ComplexRec '18: Proceedings of the 2nd Second Workshop on Recommendation in Complex Scenarios. (pp. 26–29).

Recommending personalized running routes is a challenging task. For considering the runner's specific background as well as needs, preferences and goals, a recommender cannot only rely on a set of existing routes ran by others. Instead, each route must be generated individually, taking into account many different aspects that determine whether a suggestion will satisfy the runner in the end, e.g. height meters or areas passed. We describe a framework that summarizes these aspects and present a prototypical smartphone app that we implemented to actually demonstrate how personalized running routes can be recommended based on the different requirements a runner might have. A first preliminary study where users had to try this app and ran some of the recommended routes underlines the general effectiveness of our approach.


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