Current Work

Gathering data of geocachers/hikers/hunters/anyone who wanders around with a gps in order to develop a model of how lost people may move in the wilderness in response to terrain, vegetation, etc. Via the website .

At this site people can upload their tracks, view them on a map, and then (still to be implemented) annotate any areas of interest and use their 20/20 hindsight to modify their path to how they would have rather gone (and how they would encourage others to go in the future).

Future Work

Combine data obtained from website, models from previous studies (eg. Syrotuck), information from experienced searchers, as well as terrain, trail and vegetation information to come up with a more accurate Markovian model for the most likely areas to find lost people.

ToDo List

  • Completed the website features(upload, displaying, editing, saving, and accessing files) on October 30, 2008. It is ready to be deployed.
  • Move website to hcmi url.
  • Market the website! Get it out there on the forums, on facebook, to the people!
  • Get terrain, trail, vegetation data for nearby region
  • For analysis design way to compare gpx files with other gpx files, as well as terrain information. Perhaps integrate into google earth?


  • When saving, google's map points don't have an elevation coordinate. Look up the elevation?
  • When click on a track's green start icon, have icon travel the path.
  • Provide an option to compare paths online.
    • With other specified paths
    • Within nearby(1 mile?) vicinity
  • Show how good the satellite coverage was, based on reverse satellite lookup for the time in path
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