Wayfinding System for People with Visual impairment, Case Study: JS Coon Psychology Building

Bruce Walker
Saniket More

This project aims to make a wayfinding system for people with visual impairments. The case of this project is the basement of the JS Coon Psychology at Georgia Tech. This system consists of 2 phases; in the first phase, a 2D audio-based navigational system is prepared and applied to the case site. The second phase provides a 3D Photorealistic Virtual model of the basement. This virtual model will be used for training purposes in other visual-impairment wayfinding projects running by different research teams at Georgia Tech.

Bruce N. Walker

The Georgia Tech Sonification Lab is an interdisciplinary research group based in the School of Psychology and theSchool of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Under the direction of Prof. Bruce Walker, the Sonification Lab focuses on the development and evaluation of auditory and multimodal interfaces, and the cognitive, psychophysical and practical aspects of auditory displays, paying particular attention to sonification. Special consideration is paid to Human Factors in the display of information in "complex task environments," such as the human-computer interfaces in cockpits, nuclear powerplants, in-vehicle infotainment displays, and in the space program.

[Random Image of Auditory Interface] Since we specialize in multimodal and auditory interfaces, we often work with people who cannot look at, or cannot see, traditional visual displays. This means we work on a lot of assistive technologies, especially for people with vision impairments. We study ways to enhance wayfinding and mobility, math and science education, entertainment, art, music, and participation in informal learning environments like zoos and aquariums.

The Lab includes students and researchers from all backgrounds, including psychology, computing, HCI, music, engineering, and architecture. Our research projects are collaborative efforts, often including empirical (lab) studies, software and hardware development, field studies, usabilty investigations, and focus group studies.