Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Geography (MA)
Second Committee Member
William F. Limp
Social sciences; Psychology; Behavioral modeling; Cognitive modeling; Spatial behavior; Spatial cognition; Wayfinding
This thesis is an attempt to integrate contending cognitive approaches to modeling wayfinding behavior. The primary goal is to create a plausible model for exploration tasks within indoor environments. This conceptual model can be extended for practical applications in the design, planning, and Social sciences. Using empirical evidence a cognitive schema is designed that accounts for perceptual and behavioral preferences in pedestrian navigation. Using this created schema, as a guiding framework, the use of network analysis and space syntax act as a computational methods to simulate human exploration wayfinding in unfamiliar indoor environments. The conceptual model provided is then implemented in two ways. First of which is by updating an existing agent-based modeling software directly. The second means of deploying the model is using a spatial interaction model that distributed visual attraction and movement permeability across a graph-representation of building floor plans.
Tenney, Matthew Lee, "A Conceptual Model of Exploration Wayfinding: An Integrated Theoretical Framework and Computational Methodology" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 724.