Virtual Environment for the study of Pedestrian behavior (the Dome projection facility)

Our Dome projection facility is a multi-functional environment that can be used for a verity of studies and simulations. One of the main uses is the study pedestrians.

  • We have developed a dedicated simulation environment to look for pedestrian crossing and road scanning behavior.
  • The road environment is projected on the dome screen (7 m in diameter) and the participant is located at its center
Dome

Dome laboratory setup at BGU

Scenario development and control room for Dome virtual environment

Scenario development and control room for Dome virtual environment

  • We are mostly interested in how child pedestrians behave, interact and scan the environment and make their decision to cross the road.
  • We have developed our own Generic prototypical Israeli city, its features have then been generalized by B-Design and a EU style generic city is now part of the MAK 3-D worlds.
2-D view of 3-D typical city environment

2-D view of 3-D typical city environment

Road view from the perspective of a pesedtria

Road view from the perspective of a pedestrian

  • The scenarios are programmed in MAK tools and utilizing a self-developed program they are embedded in an experimental setup (see Tapiro et al. 2014 for example).

Capabilities:

  • We can integrate our behavioral measures with eye tracking.
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Road scene with eye tracking. The cross indicates a fixation of the eye

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Road scene from the perspective of a pedestrian

  • We can integrate with motion and movement detection via Kinect or other means
  • We can integrate with various physiological measurement tools such as EEG, ECG, GSR
Rich road scene with plenty of environmental distractions

Rich road scene with plenty of environmental distractions

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  1. Validation study: Dome Pedestrian Simulator | Tal Oron-Gilad - Human Factors Engineering Research

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