Environmental Modeling: Using Space Syntax in Spatial Cognition Research

Workshop & Tutorial at Spatial Cognition 2010
15 August 2010, Mt. Hood, Oregon

“Spatial cognition researchers have exacting methods for studying how people navigate, learn, and remember buildings, cities, and other large environments. Architects and planners have similarly careful computational methods for modeling the physical form of these environments. With this combination tutorial and workshop, we hope to further the pairing of behavioral methods and environmental models in spatial cognition research. The morning tutorial session will include a hands-on lesson in using environmental modeling techniques known as space syntax. No prior experience is necessary for the tutorial.

“For the afternoon workshop session, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers (short or long format) and posters (with an abstract) for presentation. Those who wish to attend without presenting are invited to submit a position paper. Topics to be considered include:

  • Using environmental models (axial maps, segment maps, isovists, visibility graph analysis, agents, etc.) to address theoretical questions concerning spatial knowledge, spatial learning, locomotion, wayfinding, and other topics in spatial cognition.
  • Methodological issues of pairing environmental models and behavioral research methods.
  • Constructing environmental models that capture psychologically relevant features.
  • Relating environmental properties, such as visibility, accessibility, and intelligibility, to cognitive processes and behavior.”