NSF I-Corps: Commercialization Feasibility Research and Implementation

The Team

  • Entrepreneurial Lead: Kaikai Liu, PhD student, University of Florida
  • Mentor: Erik Sander, Director, Engineering Innovation Institute, the University of Florida
  • PI: Xiaolin Li, Associate Professor and Area Chair of Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Brief Description

Indoor location is one of the two most important contexts (time and location), becoming a key entry for mobile Internet. Current coarse-grained (room-level or multi-meter-level) indoor localization solutions can hardly meet the requirements of many indoor mobile services. To address this challenge, we designed a complete indoor localization ecosystem (called iLooc). The iLooc ecosystem consists of a set of indoor positioning satellites (IPS), an app on a smartphone (iOS or Android) for opportunistic sensing (with IPS, WiFi, BLE, and GPS), and a cloud server for offloading heavy processing, location services and content management. We have deployed the ecosystem in several indoor environments. Without any hardware burden or attachment on a user’s smartphone, we have achieved centimeter-level fine-grained smartphone indoor localization. Using off-the-shelf smartphones with our pre-configured low-complexity anchor network (IPS), we could revolutionize various indoor location services such as indoor navigation, near-field advertising, augmented-reality, mobile education/campus/health and entertainment, and shopping/tour guides. IDG estimated mobile location services have a worldwide market of $10B per year.

Award from NSF I-Corps Cohort

Our I-Corps team (I am the EL) has been recognized as the representative (No.1) for the NSF I-Corps cohort (Bay Area, Winter) of 24 teams from nationwide universities. [Presentation Pdf] [Congrats Email from NSF Director] [RE: UF Team #1 in NSF ICorp Cohort – Liu,Kaikai].

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