Understanding the relation between spatial behaviour and environmental structure with targeted and large-scale human data


15 Jun 2022


16:00 – 17:30 (UTC+8, HKT)




Prof. Christoph Hoelscher, Full Professor, ETH Zurich

Biography of Speaker:

Prof. Christoph Hoelscher is Full Professor of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich, with an emphasis on Applied Cognitive Science. He is also the Programme Director of Future Resilient Systems FRS Programme at the Singapore ETH Center (SEC) , as well as Co-Director of Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), heading a research group on ‘Cognition, Perception, and Behaviour in Urban Environments’.


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Synopsis of Lecture:

For the built environments to support human needs in a sustainable fashion, it is essential to understand the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns of its users. Virtual Reality and video-game based experiments can provide a broad range of empirical data that supports the development of theoretically grounded, cognitive agent-based models of occupancy, movement, and wayfinding.

Large-scale mobile games like Sea Hero Quest are designed to test the spatial abilities of millions of game players, while lab and online studies on individual and small-group spatial behaviour in immersive virtual environments allow for integrating visual attention (eye-tracking) and physiological data to understand, e.g., emergency evacuation behaviour and psychological response to social density and crowding.