Publication Date

Summer 2017

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Computer Science

First Advisor

Soon-Ok Park, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Alex Liu, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Xin Chen, Ph.D.


This e-commerce web application, Home Away From Home, offers the information for short-term rentals of homes or apartments based on the place of interest. As its name suggests, the rental properties are as comfortable as one’s own home.

The main idea behind this application is to make rentals more interactive, user friendly and dynamic. At website’s frontend, users can search results by selecting either locations, place type or both. This site also provides preferred features of selected home/apartment, dynamically displays top places based on user ratings. This application maintains centralized database which is populated both administrator and home owners. Owners can advertise their properties on website. The system provides facility to the renters who can make requests for properties that meet their requirements.

The website will be mobile friendly, with the same functionalities which includes account management, uploads, auditing, property listings, bookings, payment processing, post-rental ratings, surveys, and Web mapping.


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