My masters thesis is a project very close to my heart because it leverages my undergraduate studies in architecture and my graduate work in computational solutions to real world problems. Navigator is way-finding tool developed for the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to help travelers find the shortest path to their gates and destinations around the airport. I applied Kevin Lynch's model of urban way-finding. Kevin Lynch emphasizes that people's mental model of space are based on landmarks and paths. I represented this theoretical model in a computational framework of graph data structures and used Dijkshtra's theorem to find the shortest paths.
Navigator was developed using Adobe Flash, JSP and JDBC.