Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Greg Dachner studies the visual information available to pedestrians in human crowds and how that guides locomotor behavior and crowd navigation. Using a combination of virtual reality, motion capture, and computer modeling, he demonstrates the movement dynamics of an individual in a crowd is dependent on what they can see. Before coming to Brown, he received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Merced.
Trenton Wirth's current research concerns the experimental investigation of local neighborhood networks in human crowds. Before coming to Brown, he received his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati.
Brittany Baxter is currently investigating the influence of barriers, obstructing the travel path, on heading direction en route to a goal. The Dynamical Model of Online Steering (more can be found under the Research tab) includes obstacle avoidance of poles; the desire is to expand this to appropriately include barriers. Brittany's interest in obstacle avoidance and the resulting influence on navigation stems from her thesis work, on planar obstacle (i.e. potholes) avoidance, during her MSc in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Jiuyang Bai studies microscopic models of pedestrian following using computer simulation and behavioral experiment in virtual reality. He is particularly interested in the phase transition of behavior dynamics as a function of crowd density. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Zhengzhou University in China, and M.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from Illinois State University (mentored by J. Scott Jordan).
Max Kinateder works on evacuation behavior (e.g., during tunnel or building fires). The aim of his work is to contribute to a better understanding of perception and action in emergency situations and on how we can create safer environments through design and training measures. For most of his studies, he uses immersive virtual reality (VR) to simulate emergency scenarios. Before working at Brown, he was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Würzburg, Germany.
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Ameyo Attila is collaborating with postdoctoral fellow, Max Kinateder, Ph.D., to investigate the normative influence of virtual agents on pedestrian behavior during emergency evacuations. She is a fourth year undergraduate studying psychology and philosophy. Ameyo has been involved in the lab since early 2016.
Adam Hersko-RonaTas is the current lab manager of VENLab. He is a 4th year undergraduate student studying cognitive neuroscience with a focus in visual perception and film.