Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Pedestrian Simulation

Supervisor: Professor Richard Romano

Description: With the introduction of new Head Mounted Displays such as Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, there is renewed interest in pedestrian interactive simulators.  Oculus Rift based simulators have been recently created: http://news.softpedia.com/news/uk-transportation-issues-are-being-currently-solved-using-virtual-reality-487981.shtml

However there are a multitude of challenges when using HMDs.  It is not clear that a CAVE based pedestrian environment is not better for this type of research: http://safersim.nads-sc.uiowa.edu/uploads/article_30/Virtual%20and%20Augmented%20Reality%20in%20Transportion%20-%20Examples%20from%20Academia.pdf 

In addition to the user interface for the simulator, the underlying software is also a compelling area of research.  Making realistic city environments with excellent AI and rich compelling scenes is an additional challenge.  There is both a Human Factors component as well as a Computer Science component.  Research in either or both is encouraged.

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