Interactive spatial analytics for human-aware building design

Muhammad Usman, Glen Berseth, Davide Schaumann, Mubbasir Kapadia, Brandon Haworth, Petros Faloutsos

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5 Scopus citations


We present a computational spatial analytics tool for designing environments that better support human-related factors. Our system performs both static and dynamic analyses: the first relates to the building geometry and organization, while the second additionally considers the crowd movement in the space. The results are presented to the designers in the form of numerical values, traces and heat maps displayed on top of the floor plan. We demonstrate our approach with a user study whereby novice architects have tested the proposed approach to iteratively improve a building accessibility in real-time with respect to a selected number of static and dynamic metrics. The results indicate that the users were able to successfully improve their design solutions and thus generate more human-aware environments. The usability and effectiveness of the tool where also measured, yielding positive scores. The modular and flexible nature of the tool enables further extension to incorporate additional static and dynamic spatial metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - MIG 2018
Subtitle of host publicationACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction, and Games
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360159
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual International Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games, MIG 2018 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 8 Nov 201810 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - MIG 2018: ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction, and Games


Conference11th Annual International Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games, MIG 2018

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  • Architecture
  • Crowd simulation
  • Human-aware design
  • Navigation
  • Space analysis
  • Spatial analytics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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