Shopping intent recognition and location prediction from cyber-physicalactivities via wi-fi logs

Publication Year: 2018 Publication Type : ConferenceProceeding


This paper investigates the Cyber-Physical behavior of a user in a large indoor shopping center by leveraging anonymized (opt in) Wi-Fi association and browsing logs recorded by the center operators. Our analysis shows that many users exhibit high correlation between their cyber activities and physical context. To find this correlation, we propose a mechanism to semantically label a physical space with rich categorical information from Wikipedia concepts and compute a contextual similarity that represents a customer’s activities with the mall context. We further show the use of cyberphysical contextual similarity in two different applications: user behavior classification and future location prediction. The experimental results demonstrate that the users’ contextual similarity significantly improves the accuracy of such applications.


    author = {Manpreet Kaur and Flora D. Salim and Yongli Ren and Jeffrey Chan and Martin Tomko and Mark Sanderson},
    bibsource = {dblp computer science bibliography,},
    biburl = {},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments, BuildSys 2018, Shenzen, China, November 07-08, 2018},
    doi = {10.1145/3276774.3276786},
    editor = {Rajesh Gupta and Polly Huang and Marta Gonzalez},
    pages = {130--139},
    publisher = {ACM},
    timestamp = {Sat, 19 Oct 2019 01:00:00 +0200},
    title = {Shopping intent recognition and location prediction from cyber-physical activities via wi-fi logs},
    url = {},
    year = {2018}


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