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Modelling Co-presence in the Built Environment - a Spatio-temporal Approach to Human Perception and Movement

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Fitzgerald



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A building occupant’s experiences are not passive responses to environmental stimuli, but are the results of multifaceted, prolonged interactions between people and space. We present a framework and prototype software tool for analysing occupant perception and behaviour in the context of dynamic aspects of buildings in operation. In particular, we focus on co-presence of different user groups and the resulting impact on perceptual and functional affordances of spatial layouts by utilising the concept of spatial artefacts. We have implemented our prototype architectural design reasoning tool in Answer Set Programming extended to support spatial reasoning, ASPMT(QS), and demonstrate initial results, through case scenarios in the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University, a large, state-of-the-art living laboratory and multipurpose academic building that includes lectures, labs, a café, work offices, and exhibition/event areas.

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Author(s): Li B, Fitzgerald JS, Schultz C

Editor(s): Ungureanu,L-C;Hartmann,T.;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 27th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering

Year of Conference: 2020

Number of Volumes: 1

Pages: 215-225

Online publication date: 30/06/2020

Acceptance date: 02/05/2020

Date deposited: 12/08/2020

ISSN: 9783798331556

Publisher: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin


DOI: 10.14279/depositonce-9977

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ISBN: 9783798331556