A team of seven Australian scientists are working on improving how computers understand and decipher place descriptions. The three-year, $500K, project is funded in part by the Victorian Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), who will benefit from a better means to decipher the often-vague place descriptions of distressed callers.
The challenge is to pull together mappable addresses from how we relate and communicate place with each other. We often use distance to landmarks as the easiest means to describe location, and these can’t be entered into today’s GPS navigation systems.
Read more about the effort in this feature from IT News Australia.