Measuring Pedestrian Psycho-Physiological Well-Being in the Built Environment

Current advancements in ubiquitous sensing technologies have the potential to increase transportation designers’ understanding of pedestrian behavior and experience. It is now possible to collect human state and behavior data naturalistically and longitudinally. Currently, over 900 million wearable devices are being used worldwide on a daily basis (Tankovska 2020). The application of these devices spans over a variety of fields such as mental health (Coughlin and Stewart 2016), health and physical activity (Kos and Kramberger 2017, Hsu et al. 2018), and sleep monitoring and interventions (Jeon and Kang 2019). Similarly, these technologies can be utilized to identify how pedestrian states, behavior, and well-being vary in different contextual settings. Using mobile sensing technology such as gaze, heart rate, and stress trackers, this research attempts to characterize whether quantitative physiological data (as collected by these sensors) can be used to predict qualitative perception data (captured by stated preference surveys), to ultimately capture changes in the pedestrian urban experience as environmental and infrastructure design variables shift. These user-centric data on road environments are essential for establishing actionable standards linking roadway design to pedestrian well-being. By emphasizing multimodal urban streetscapes that serve as public spaces for people, transportation planners, engineers, designers, and policy makers can reach goals for more livable, safe, and economically vibrant environments.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States 

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Niehaus, Joseph

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Virginia, Charlottesville

      Center for Transportation Studies
      P.O. Box 400742, Thornton Hall, D228
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Principal Investigators:

      Chen, Donna

      Mondschein, Andrew

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240901
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893883
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348303
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2023 3:44PM