27 November, 2019 – Future mobility needs design. The change or new planning of infrastructure usually extends over long periods of time. In order to integrate future users into development processes as early as possible, new forms of representation are needed that can incorporate the relationship between space, lighting, movement and information. In the context of project-mo.de, a new project has been created: “Cognition Design – User Survey with VR Simulation for Acceptance Improvement” is a research cooperation between Peter Eckart and Kai Vöckler at the HfG and Melissa Le-Hoa Vo, cognitive psychologist at the Goethe University Frankfurt on the possible applications of virtual reality in design and planning processes in the field of mobility.

The project (HA project no. 817/19-137) is funded by the State of Hessen and the HOLM research promotion under the measure “Innovations in the field of logistics and mobility” of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing.

VR simulations have the potential to better communicate the actual impact of designs and plans on users than traditional forms of representation such as renderings or plans due to their spatial and temporal ‘experiencability’. However, so far there are hardly any scientific studies on how much ‘real space’ a simulation needs in order to be able to make well-founded statements about the effect on users. Starting from a typical mobility situation (the path from an aboveground to an underground mobility offer at a node), the project will develop and test simulations with different degrees of ‘realism’ – from a relatively abstract, closed test environment (‘laboratory’) to the integration of detailed simulations into real space with its sounds, smells, light and weather conditions.

“Cognition Design” runs from Nov. 2019 to Oct. 2020. The HfG is in charge of the overall project management and is funded with ca. 110, 000 € (total funding: 225,400 €).

Working group at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach

Prof. Peter Eckart
Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler
Dipl.-Des. Kai Dreyer
Dipl.-Des. Robin Schmid
Dipl.-Des. Julian Schwarze

Working group at the Goethe-University Frankfurt
(Scene Grammar Lab)

Prof. Dr. Melissa Le-Hoa Vo
Dr. Stephen Hinde
Dr. Erwan David
Julia Beitner, M.Sc.
Jason Helbig, Melvin Kallmeyer, Leah Kumle (student assistant)