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College of Computing and Mathematics


Computer Engineering Department


Presents Public Seminar


"Analyzing Human—Building Interactions in Virtual Environments using Crowd Simulations"



Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023,

Time: 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Location: Bldg. 22, Room 132



Dr. Muhammad Usman

Assistant Professor

Information and Computer Science Department, KFUPM.



This presentation will talk about the relationship between human occupancy and environment designs by means of human behavior simulations. Assessing and evaluating user-oriented factors during the design process of an environment is of utmost significance. Traditionally, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools primarily concentrate on the geometric and semantic elements of the environment (e.g. walls, columns, doors, ramps, and floors). These tools tend to overlook the impact that the layout of the environment has on its occupants and their movements. In a bid to analyze human social and spatial behaviors in buildings, researchers have recently started utilizing crowd simulation techniques for dynamic analysis of both urban and indoor environments. These analyses help designers to evaluate crowd-related factors in their designs and to create environments that are attentive to human behavior. This discussion will focus on the development of interactive solutions for performing spatial analytics that can quantify the dynamics of human-building interactions using crowd simulations in both virtual and built environments. The goal is to make these dynamic crowd analytics solutions readily accessible to designers, either within the mainstream environment design pipelines or as cross-platform simulation services. This would allow users to seamlessly simulate, analyze, and incorporate human-centric dynamics into their design workflows.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Usman is an assistant professor in the department of information and computer science at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He received his Ph.D. degree (2020) and MSc degree (2016) in computer science from York University, Toronto, Canada. His research interests include crowd simulation and modeling, human-centered artificial intelligence (AI), crowd behavior dynamics, architectural design analysis and optimization, spatial visualizations, and immersive technologies (VR/AR/MR) for crowds.



All faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to attend.


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08 Feb 2023


02:30 PM to 03:30 PM