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, andq 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.
Adam Hersko-RonaTas is the current lab manager of VENLab. He is a 4th year undergraduate student in cognitive neuroscience with a focus in visual perception and film.