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Understanding Human-Infrastructure Interactions: Context-Aware Structures and Interfaces

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Understanding the user and surrounding context in the built environment is essential for improving the service quality and safety of the structures as well as for increasing operational efficiency. For example, occupant activity information in/around different locations of building can be used for ...

Understanding the user and surrounding context in the built environment is essential for improving the service quality and safety of the structures as well as for increasing operational efficiency. For example, occupant activity information in/around different locations of building can be used for personalized services and building management to increase user performance while saving costs. To date, new technologies for integrating sensors, data analytics, structural models, and control have become cheaper, more accurate, diverse, and accessible than ever before, enabling context-aware smart structure systems while raising research challenges at the intersections of cyber, physical, and human domains. In particular, understanding human activities and their interactions with infrastructure have been very limited.

This Research Topic solicits original research and review papers in the areas of smart structure systems and human-infrastructure interfaces for understanding human activities and human-infrastructure interactions and for improving their performance. The structures of interest may include, but not limited to buildings, critical urban infrastructure, vehicles, and machinery.

This Research Topic particularly emphasizes approaches that understand user behaviors and dynamic surrounding events in/around structures and improve user performance and operational efficiency. Special attention is given to new theoretical and practical implementations of technology to sense the built environment that is human-centered, where the human perception and behavior is augmented through quantification. Both experimental and analytical approaches are encouraged. Articles may discuss new research approaches, reviews of the current state-of-the-art, and future research visions. The following topics are considered of high value to this call:

- Understanding user context in structures, such as their locations, activities, productivity, social interactions, psychological states, etc.
- Augmented reality and virtual reality for structural inspection applications.
- Structural inspection accelerated and increased using sensing technology.
- Human cognition transformation using new technologies, including human in the loop system for efficient sensing and asset management.
- Impact to human cognition and experience in decision-making related to infrastructure.
- Wearable sensors for human performance and human-infrastructure interactions.
- Optimizing user comfort, productivity, safety, and health.
- Novel context-aware structure systems.


Keywords: Occupant monitoring, human-infrastructure interaction, interfaces, augmented reality, human activity, inspections, user awareness


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20 April 2020 Manuscript

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