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A Comprehensive Study of Internal Representations of Floor to Floor Transitions Points in a Large Complex Indoor Environment

Bahm, Cristina Robles (2016) A Comprehensive Study of Internal Representations of Floor to Floor Transitions Points in a Large Complex Indoor Environment. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Wayfinding in complex indoor environments can be a stressful and disorienting activity. Many factors contribute to this difficulty, one reason being the number of floors paired with many different and often unpredictable ways to get from one floor to another. This dissertation focuses on providing a comprehensive analysis of how the human cognitive system represents the spatial information in floor to floor transition points. In particular, this project will focus on the internal representations formed by people familiar with a particular complex environment. In order to accomplish this, a user study was conducted at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History that drew participants from the Visitor Services Department. Participants were asked to give wayfinding descriptions to and from several landmarks in the museums with the majority of the routes spanning multiple floors. Both verbal descriptions and sketch map descriptions were studied. It was found that floor to floor transition points were often represented as landmarks with two landmarks in particular being represented often as both functional as well as reorientation landmarks. This finding continues the discussion on global landmarks and their representation and salience in large complex indoor environments.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bahm, Cristina Roblescmr93@pitt.eduCMR93
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHirtle, Stephen C.hirtle@pitt.eduHIRTLE
Committee MemberLewis, Michaelml@sis.pitt.eduCMLEWIS
Committee MemberKarimi, Hassan A.hkarimi@pitt.eduHKARIMI
Committee MemberKlippel,
Date: 2 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 April 2016
Approval Date: 2 June 2016
Submission Date: 13 May 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 139
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: wayfinding, spatial cognition
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 18:31
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 05:15


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