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CS student awarded research internship

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26 March 2015

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CS thid year MEng student Hazel Doughty was awarded the University of Bristol Research Committee Interdisciplinary Research Internship 2015 to work with the Department of Psychology on automatic analysis of floor patterns and walking trends in public spaces.

A total of 69 undergraduate students from across the 6 faculties of the University applied for the scheme, each developing a project outline for a 6-10 week project. The University Research Committee will award internships to 17 students, whose project proposals were judged to have significant potential to promote new interdisciplinary research.

Hazel will be working with Dr. Dima Damen from the Visual Information Laboratory at the CS department and Dr. Ute Leonards from the Department of Experimental Psychology to test the dazzling effect of floor patterns on the walking trends of pedestrians in public places. A recent study by Dr. Leonards and collaborators has found correlation between the tile patterns on walking direction in lab settings, The pilot study collected data using a motion capture system for individuals walking on a straight line in constrained environments. The study aimed to analyse the influence of patterns on falls in the elderly.

Hazel's project attempts to test this phenomenon out of the lab. The project aims to build a model that links visual patterns on the floor with motion patterns in outdoor environments, collected using long-term monitoring. Automatic approaches related to camera calibration, texture analysis, background subtraction and motion flow analysis will be used.