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Utilizing Augmented Reality Technology for Crowd Pedestrian Analysis Involving Individuals With Disabilities

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Daniel Stuart, Keith Christensen, Anthony Chen, Yong Kim

Utah State University, Logan, UT

YangQuan Chen

University of California, Merced, Merced, CA

Paper No. DETC2013-12765, pp. V004T08A004; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This research explores how different compositions of Individuals with Disabilities (IwDs) affect the dynamics of crowd movement. In particular, we consider IwDs such as individuals on manual and electric wheelchair, with vision loss and other mobility impairments to better understand the impacts that the compositions of individuals with various types of disabilities will bring on the mobility of the crowd at various structural elements of a built environment such as hall way, door way, and stairwells. While currently available video tracking technologies provide options for primitive macroscopic and microscopic analysis of a crowd, they lack the ability to analyze detailed navigational information of each focused group such as IwDs with varying types of disabilities. This paper provides an approach that exploits ARToolKitPlus libraries and Power-over-Ethernet high speed cameras along with augmented reality elements to track navigational patterns at individual level in a crowd. Preliminary results demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed system to track individual tracking of navigational patterns.

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