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Research project within TUM CREATE. Focussing on modelling and optimisation of architecture and infrastructure, urban systems simulation like traffic and power are the main research interests. Apart from that, a cognitive systems group deal with human computer interaction. 

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TUMCREATE and AEC - Interactive Virtual Research Lab

Daniel Zehe

Urban mobility needs to be analysed holistically to understand how the infrastructure and people interface and interact, and the impact it has on ecology and society. Therefore, TUMCREATE, together with Ars Electronica Future Lab, has developed an Interactive Virtual Research Lab within the Deep Space 8K – a state-of-the-art interactive 3D visualisation platform. Using this research lab, future mobility concepts can be simulated, social acceptance of new technologies can be assessed and the impact of new transportation concepts on the infrastructure, like road, energy grid and vehicle fleets can be studied.

Investigating Future Urban Mobility

If a city is viewed from above, it is a world in motion: trains carry people to and from work, taxis circulate, trucks deliver goods and carry away garbage, pedestrians walk down city blocks, cyclists zip through traffic. In other words, mobility is the bloodstream of our cities and is essential for urban life. Technological innovations in the form of electrification, connectivity, and autonomy are on the horizon. The combination of urban expansion and rapid innovation will inevitably drive significant changes – what will the consequences be for future urban mobility?

  The simulation of an urban landscape within Deep Space 8K and a team member walking the virtual city. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

The simulation of an urban landscape within Deep Space 8K and a team member walking the virtual city. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

Urban mobility needs to be analysed holistically to understand how the infrastructure and people interface and interact, and the impact it has on ecology and society. Hence, the Interactive Virtual Research Lab within the Deep Space 8K was concieved. Using this infrastructure, future mobility concepts can be simulated, social acceptance of new technologies can be assessed and the impact of new transportation concepts on the infrastructure, like road, energy grid and vehicle fleets can be studied. 

Furthermore, the 3D immersive and responsive environment of this novel tool is equipped with human-in-the-loop simulation for conducting research on how people react to new technologies like autonomous vehicles (AV). Human responses to various AV communication strategies can be easily sensed, tested and verified, without necessarily working on prototypes and conducting tests in real world situations, which are much more time, effort and finance intensive.

  The perspective of the oculus rift wearer is displayed in 3D on the 16×9 metre display behind. A scenario with a human interacting with an AV on a pedestrian crossing. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

The perspective of the oculus rift wearer is displayed in 3D on the 16×9 metre display behind. A scenario with a human interacting with an AV on a pedestrian crossing. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

This research tool allows us to have an impressive, detailed visualization and to experience the vehicle concepts, mobility systems and operation strategies “live” as it were, and at city level. This rich visualization makes it understandable and transparent to scientists, students and people from all backgrounds.

  Humans interacting with virtual pedestrians within the urban simulation. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

Humans interacting with virtual pedestrians within the urban simulation. Source: TUMCREATE + Ars Electronica

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The project was done in collaboration with Ars Electronica Future Lab, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG, Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz - Austria.

 

Future Urban Mobility - TUMCREATE 2017

https://www.aec.at/futurelab/en/project/future-urban-mobility-tumcreate/