Visualization of Occupant Behavior in an Open Academic Space Through Image Analysis

  • Mathew SchwartzEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1028)


Between agent simulation and circulation diagrams within design pedagogy, the prediction of occupant movement in space is integral to the informed design process. At the same time, trends in higher education have led to more open-ended spaces that are then studied for the unexpected ways in which students collaborate. These studies, by the unpredictable nature, must be done post-occupancy. In this paper, occupant behavior is visualized from an image dataset over a 9 day period in an open student environment. The methods for extracting behavior through this large dataset are presented. The results are then reflected on in regard to the role of circulation diagrams for interior design and spatial planning.


Occupant behavior Circulation Computation Post-occupancy evaluation Interior design 



I thank Richard O’Brien from the Digital Learning and Technology Support department in NJIT for assisting in the setup of the networked hard drive for storing recorded data. Additionally, the support of the Facilities department and Murray Center for Women in Technology was instrumental in allowing and assisting with the camera installation. Finally, Florencia Pozo, who worked on early versions of the literature review.

The study was reviewed by the NJIT IRB: Number F373-18.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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