Technology-based behavioral research in public space

Existing tools for monitoring public space suffer from limited reliability and cost-efficiency; UAVs can be a reliable and effective alternative. While the use of UAVs has become popular in agriculture, forestry, engineering, and other fields, we have not yet explored its potential in landscape design and planning. A more efficient and reliable tool could lead to better-informed design communication and decision making.

Building on my past research (see the below list), I plan to work on 1) improving generalizability (e.g., diverse types of public space) of UAVs with a protocol for practitioners, 2) applying behavioral mapping techniques for a micro-level understanding of design implications, 3) exploring effects of environmental design on various user groups via the use of emerging technologies (e.g., older adults in low-income neighborhoods), and 4) automating the data collection process (e.g., a thermal camera, image processing). These project will require close collaboration with experts in other disciplines such as computer science, behavioral science, and geography.

Related publications:

  • Park, K. (In press) Park and neighborhood attributes associated with park use: An observational study using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Environment & Behavior. [pdf download]
  • Park, K. & Ewing, R. (In press) The usability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for pedestrian observation, Journal of Planning Education and Research. [pdf download]
  • Park, K. & Ewing, R. (2017) The usability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for measuring park-based physical activity. Landscape and Urban Planning 167: 157-164. [pdf download]
  • Park, K. & Park, S. (2016) A preliminary study on usability of unmanned aerial vehicles in observing park users: Focused on urban parks in Busan. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture 44(4): 35-44. (in Korean) [pdf download]