Date of Graduation

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Computer Science & Computer Engineering

Advisor

Nilanjan Banerjee

Committee Member

Susan Gauch

Second Committee Member

Craig Thompson

Abstract

Trip planning is a time consuming task that most people do before going to any destination. Traveltant is an intelligent system that analyzes a user's social network and suggests a complete trip plan detailed for every single day based on the user's interests extracted from the social network. Traveltant also considers the interests of friends the user interacts with most by building a ranked friends list of interactivity, and then uses the interests of those people in this list to enrich the recommendation results. Traveltant provides a smooth user interface through a Windows Phone 7 application while doing most of the work in a backend cloud service. To evaluate the results of the system, volunteers have rated the personalized results better than those results from only common factors such popularity and rating.

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