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GATE final publication 2012
Results from the GATE research project
a 75 page overview (pfd 4.7 Mb)

GATE Magazine 2010
a 36-page overview of the GATE project (pdf 5.3 Mb

Research themes:
Theme 1: Modeling the virtual World
Theme 2: Virtual characters
Theme 3: Interacting with the world
Theme 4: Learning with simulated worlds

Pilot Education Story Box
Pilot Education Carkit
Pilot Safety Crisis management
Pilot Healthcare Scottie
Pilot Healthcare Wiihabilitainment

Knowledge Transfer Projects:
Sound Design 
Motion Controller
Mobile Learning
Glengarry Glen Ross
Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain
Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions
Semantic Building Blocks for Declarative Virtual World Creation 
Computer Animation for Social Signals and Interactive Behaviors


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Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions

Knowledge Transfer Project
Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions in a Driving Simulation Environment

Simulation systems incorporating virtual crowds have become quite realistic. Recent advances in local methods have significantly improved the way in which virtual characters behave and interact within a virtual crowd. However, the majority of the existing studies fail to take into account that in real life, pedestrians also interact with, for example, cars and bicycles. Moreover, these cars and bicycles also interact with each other. Such interactions are crucial to various important applications. In this project, Utrecht University and Green Dino will study these interactions in a driving simulator developed by the latter. In such an environment, an additional difficulty is that the interacting entities should obey several traffic rules. The goal of the project is to develop an effective model for pedestrian-vehicle interactions enhancing the sense of immersion in the dynamic virtual world of a driving simulator, and advance the state of the art in simulating the interaction of pedestrians with their environment.

Project Participants
Universiteit Utrecht and Green Dino

Roland Geraerts and Frank van der Stappen (Universiteit Utrecht