SafeChild: An Intelligent Virtual Reality Environment for Training Pedestrian Safety Skills

  • Yecheng Gu
  • Sergey SosnovskyEmail author
  • Carsten Ullrich
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9307)


Training children safe behavior in traffic situations is both important and challenging. One of the problems is children’s limited perceptual-motor abilities and associated difficulties with important cognitive skills required to be safe pedestrians. Existing traffic education programs focus more on theoretical knowledge, while training practical skills in the real world is dangerous, expensive and hard to organize. This paper presents a promising alternative – an intelligent virtual reality training environment that allows children to practice their pedestrian skills. It describes the interface and architecture of the system, as well as the skill model of the pedestrian safety domain. The results of the conducted pilot study show that children of the target age group rarely have problems with applying (and acquiring) “basic” pedestrian skills in the developed virtual environment. However, when applying and learning “advanced” skills, they require additional support.


Virtual reality Student modeling Intelligent tutoring system Pedestrian safety 



This research was conducted within SafeChild project funded by BMBF (grant 01IS12050) under the Software Campus program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)SaarbrückenGermany

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