Ricardo Daziano, Immersive Virtual Reality Environments for Travel Behavior Analysis
The transportation ecosystem is moving toward new modalities and technologies. At the same time, technology is enabling new ways to collect and analyze travel-behavior data. In fact, developments in the technologies related to virtual reality (VR) and gaming platforms can be used to produce highly realistic, immersive, and interactive experiences for data collection. Transportation analysts have started to exploit the potential of these tools to study topics such as neighborhood preferences, parking behavior, cycling route choices, and interactions between automated vehicles and pedestrians. This talk will discuss early findings from two experiments being carried out at Cornell University to investigate travel choices and time perception under diverse stimuli such as overcrowding and differing conditions of the built environment. Next steps and research needs will be addressed as well.
Ricardo Daziano, choice modeler and PhD in economics, is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His research goal is to better understand the interplay of consumer behavior with engineering, investment, and policy choices for energy-efficient technologies and for sustainable urban mobility.