Development of a Pedestrian Navigation System considering Cognitive Processes and Dynamic Geo data (PhD thesis) 

Urban area consists predominantly of anthropogenic objects such as buildings, signage and designed systems. Anthropogenic objects of that kind are not related causally to each other, because they are individually conceived on the basis of the imagination of designers or architects in different times. Therefore, people orientate themselves in urban area differently than in the nature. In addition, the dynamic appearances of anthropogenic objects can not be sufficiently represented graphically by traditional maps, e.g. city by night. Traditional maps visualize anthropogenic objects perceived by individuals only to a certain extent. The flexibility of pedestrians in terms of locomotion, point of view and interchange between indoor and outdoor environment and the associated variable visualisation of the anthropogenic objects, are still given scant consideration. Moreover, the information pedestrian needs can be much more specific and detailed, e.g. at the connecting station find the right entrance of a building or find the right platform where the bus will depart.

The final goal of this project is to develop concepts and methods for a new graphical map structure in order to represent an overlay of a mass geospatial information in items of anthropogenic objects in urban area. A new graphical structure must be derived from the user requirements in a particular spatial-temporal situation. The visual hierarchy and depiction of geo data in Smartphone shall correspond with the information perceived by pedestrians in reality, so that users can find all pieces of information they need for wayfinding. 

Reference: Wei, B. (2014): Entwicklung eines Fußgänger-Orientierungssystems auf der Basis gruppenkommunikativer Geoinformationen. Kartographische Nachrichten, 64 (6): 316-324.

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