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Feds Spend $356,337 on ‘Simulation Facility’ to Study How People Cross the Road
CNSNews.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Melanie Hunter

Posted on 02/24/2014 12:56:38 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNSNews.com) – The National Science Foundation has awarded a $356,337 grant to the University of Iowa to use virtual technology to study social influences on risky cycling and pedestrian behavior.

“This project will create a simulation facility that will advance a capability to study the social interactions of two children, or a child and parent, as the two people walk or bicycle across a traffic-filled roadway,” the grant announcement said.

It will “expand existing infrastructure” at the university “to build a new simulator that matches a recently installed simulator at the same institution, which will permit each of two experimental participants to inhabit their own separate simulated environment.”

Both stimulators will be connected by a “high-speed network and programmed to share a single, virtual environment that can be configured for either bicycling or walking.”

“Experimental participants will control their motion by actually walking or cycling across these virtual intersections, surrounded by graphically rendered images that show a real-time, first-person view of their motion through the environment,” the grant said.

Using a “full-body motion tracking system,” avatars will be created to represent the motions of the participants to “provide a realistic experience of walking or riding with a friend or parent.”

“On the computational side, this research will advance the technology for immersive, interactive virtual environments by developing methods to represent full-body movements in avatars moving through large-scale environments, and by studying how the fidelity of avatar movements influences rider and pedestrian interactions,” the grant said.

“On the behavioral side, this research will advance an understanding of social influences on risk taking by studying how children interact with friends or parents in the context of crossing roads, an everyday and yet risky activity,” it added.

Researchers hope the project will contribute “to an understanding of the risk factors for car-bicycle and car-pedestrian collisions.”

“The project will create a foundation for future intervention studies that will help to reduce such collisions,” the grant said.

“Advances in simulation technology, experimental methodology, and methods to create life-like avatars will contribute to the development of virtual environments for use in behavioral research and simulation-based training,” it added.

The results of the research will be presented to the public through “scientific publications and presentations” as well as “open house events and bicycling/pedestrian safety lectures.”

Calls to the principal investigator at the University of Iowa were not returned by press time.

The grant is for a three-year period from Nov. 1, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2016.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: simulation; study; virtualreality; waste

1 posted on 02/24/2014 12:56:38 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

Why did the conservative cross the road . . . ?

Combined PING! and DANG!


2 posted on 02/24/2014 12:57:35 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This sort of thing just makes it SO rewarding to turn over your hard-earned cash every April.


3 posted on 02/24/2014 12:58:03 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why did the Scientist cross the road?
To get to the grant money on the other side.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 1:00:18 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why did the Scientist cross the road?
To get to the grant money on the other side.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 1:00:18 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They were following the chicken.


6 posted on 02/24/2014 1:01:12 PM PST by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Now if they had spent it on studying why chickens cross the road, it would be money well spent.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 1:05:01 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why did the conservative cross the road . . . ?

Because all the nuts all arguing over at the Fuddy plane crash thread.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 1:05:11 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Why did the Democrats cross the road?

To take the Democrat’s bagman and his loot across the county line.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 1:08:54 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: WhiskeyX

They were stapled to the chicken.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 1:13:47 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sheesh, people. It is HOW, now WHY...

Everyone should be asking “With what?”


12 posted on 02/24/2014 1:27:54 PM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You want to know why people cross the road in a risky manner? Because unlike when we grew up and were told to look both ways, now we tell kids, and adults for that matter, that pedestrians always have the right of way and cars must stop for them.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 2:04:38 PM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As if they couldn’t have sent some undergrads out to a few street corners with a pad and pencil without wasting a dime of tax dollars.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 2:13:15 PM PST by bgill
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One foot in front of the other,now send me the money!


15 posted on 02/24/2014 2:20:09 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

money well spent. Hopefully it will help me break my habit of rolling when crossing a street.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 2:30:00 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This conservative crossed the road because I always walk and play on the RIGHT side!


17 posted on 02/24/2014 3:33:41 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Feds Spend $356,337 on ‘Simulation Facility’ to Study How People Cross the Roads in Atlanta during a Snowstorm


18 posted on 02/24/2014 3:35:09 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: F15Eagle

One of my traffic engineering classes required us to read a book about the politics of traffic engineering. The author was very clear in stating that the traffic engineer should avoid trying to interpret public behavior/perception in their designs because the variables are to vast to account for.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 3:40:19 PM PST by shotgun
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m sure people being watched at a safe simulation facility are going to act just the same as people trying to cross the street while avoiding getting run over by a bus or truck or muzzlem taxi in real traffic.

Bogus science.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 3:57:10 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

All they have to do is ask the woman in Austin who was “taken down” for jaywalking.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 4:04:29 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Only $357,000.? That’s all? Jeez, I thought it would be more!


22 posted on 02/24/2014 4:16:58 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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