Presentation Title

What Can Our Gait Tell Us About Our Surroundings?

Presenter Information

Isidore SossaFollow

Advisor Information

Jong-Hoon Youn

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

Abstract

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Historically, the walkability of a neighborhood has been accessed by means such as questionnaires, surveys of experts, and visual observations. Obviously, these approaches have some disadvantages mainly because they are neither systematic nor economically viable, and also require a big overhead – trained experts. Due to advances in sensing and data analysis technologies, gait analysis combined with advances in wearable sensor technology is viewed as a potential means to systematically categorize different types of neighborhoods based on their friendliness, that is, how easy and natural they are to walking. To this end, this project considers two types of environments, pleasant and unpleasant, and investigates gait features that correlate to the friendliness of the surrounding environment. A subsequent classification model is built to test the effectiveness of these gait characteristics in measuring how friendly a neighborhood is to walking. By doing this, this study answers the question: What can our gait tell us about the friendliness of our surroundings?

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What Can Our Gait Tell Us About Our Surroundings?

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Historically, the walkability of a neighborhood has been accessed by means such as questionnaires, surveys of experts, and visual observations. Obviously, these approaches have some disadvantages mainly because they are neither systematic nor economically viable, and also require a big overhead – trained experts. Due to advances in sensing and data analysis technologies, gait analysis combined with advances in wearable sensor technology is viewed as a potential means to systematically categorize different types of neighborhoods based on their friendliness, that is, how easy and natural they are to walking. To this end, this project considers two types of environments, pleasant and unpleasant, and investigates gait features that correlate to the friendliness of the surrounding environment. A subsequent classification model is built to test the effectiveness of these gait characteristics in measuring how friendly a neighborhood is to walking. By doing this, this study answers the question: What can our gait tell us about the friendliness of our surroundings?