Title: Experiences with RFID-based interactive learning in museums

Authors: Yo-Ping Huang, Yueh-Tsun Chang, Frode Eika Sandnes

Addresses: Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 10608. ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan 10451. ' Faculty of Engineering, Oslo University College, PO Box 4, St. Olavs Plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway

Abstract: Tourism plays an important role in the economies of many countries. Tourism can secure employment, foreign exchange earnings, investment and regional development. To attract more tourists and local visitors, many stakeholders such as natural parks, museums, art galleries, hotels and restaurants provide personalised services to meet individual needs. With the increasing number of tourists comes an increased demand for guides at education-oriented leisure centers. Each provided needs unique way to present their services. In this study, these educational leisure centres are coarsely divided into art and science. This paper introduces the architecture of the proposed guide system including a PDA-based recommendation guide for art museums and an Radiofrequency identification-based interactive learning system using collaborative filtering technology for science and engineering education. Evaluations of the two systems reveal that the system inspires and nurtures visitors| interest in science and arts.

Keywords: collaborative filtering; data mining; digital learning; guide system; learning assistant services; RFID; radio frequency identification; interactive learning; art museums; tourism; science education; engineering education; PDAs; recommendation guides; museum guides.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAACS.2010.030312

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.59 - 74

Published online: 14 Dec 2009 *

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