Dr. Beatrix Emo

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ETH Zurich


Chair of Cognitive Science

Dr. Beatrix Emo

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8092 Zürich

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Bio:

Beatrix Emo is a practising architect currently based in Zurich. She holds a PhD  from the Bartlett School of Architecture, in which explored how individuals experience urban spaces. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zurich, an interdisciplinary group where she leads the focus on how people interact with the environment. Her interests lie in urban design, space syntax and spatial cognition, conducting experiments in real and virtual environments.

Publications

 

Journal publications

Javadi, A., Emo, B., Howard, L., Zisch, F., Yu, Y., Knight, R., Pinelo, J., and Spiers, H., (2017) “Hippocampal and prefrontal processing of network topology to simulate the future”. Nature  Communications.
http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14652

Emo, B., Al-Sayed, K., Varoudis, T., (Eds.) (2016) Design, cognition & behaviour: Usability in the built environment. International Journal of Design, Creativity & Innovation.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21650349.2016.1143080

Emo, B., 2014, “Seeing the axial line: Evidence from wayfinding experiments” Beh.Sci 4(3), 167-180.http://www.mdpi.com/2076-328X/4/3/167

Emo, B., 2012, “Wayfinding in Real Cities: Experiments at Street Corners”, in Stachniss, C., Schill, K. & Uttal, D. (Eds.), Spatial Cognition 2012, LNAI 7463, pp.461-477, 2012.
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-32732-2_30

Emo, B., (under review) “Choice zones: architecturally relevant Areas of Interest” Spatial Cognition & Computation.

Emo, B., (submitted) “Working with isovists - proposing a new visibility analysis technique that accounts for visual attention” Journal of Space Syntax.


Books

Emo, B., (2014) Real-world wayfinding experiments: Individual preferences, decisions and the space syntax approach at street corners. Doctoral thesis, University College London
http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1452725/

 

Edited proceedings

Emo, B., Al-Sayed, K., Varoudis, T., (Eds.) (2014) Design, cognition & behavior: Usability in the built environment. Proceedings of the workshop at Spatial Cognition 2014, SFB/TR 8 Report 038-09/2014, September 15-19 2014, Bremen, Germany.
http://www.sfbtr8.spatial-cognition.de/aigaion/index.php/publications/show/2654

 

Conference proceedings

Emo, B., Thrash, T., Schinazi, V. and Hölscher, C. (2016) “Wayfinding in unfamiliar environments: Report of a real-world study using eye tracking”. Proceedings of Spatial Cognition 2016.

 

Emo, B.,  (2015) “Exploring isovists - the egocentric perspective”. Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium.

 

Javadi, A., Emo, B., Howard, L., & Spiers, H. (2015). The human hippocampus represents the topological structure of the environment during navigation. In the British Neuroscience Association (Vol. 23, p. 374). Edinburgh.

 

Emo, B., Pinelo, J.S., Javadi, A.H., Howard, L.R., Yu, Y., Morrison, L., Knight, R., and Spiers, H.J., (2014), “How spatial properties of a city street network influence brain activity during navigation”. Poster abstract at Spatial Cognition 2014.

 

Thrash, T., Schinazi, V., Barisic, I., Emo, B. and Hölscher, C., 2014, “Stress and restoration during navigation through an urban environment”. In Wissen Hayek, U., Fricker, P., and Buhmann, E. (Eds.), Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2014, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2014.

 

Emo, B., Al-Sayed, K., Varoudis, T., (Eds.) (2014) Design, cognition & behavior: Usability in the built environment. Proceedings of the workshop at Spatial Cognition 2014, SFB/TR 8 Report 038-09/2014, September 15-19 2014, Bremen, Germany.

 

Emo, B. and Dalton, R. C., 2013, “Seeing the axial line: Evidence from wayfinding experiments”, in Kim, Y., Park, H., and Seo, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Space Syntax Symposium, Seoul, South Korea, 2013.

 

Emo, B., 2013, “Choice zones: spatial geometry and real world wayfinding”, in Kiefer, P., Giannopoulos, I. Raubal, M. and Hegarty, M. (Eds.),  Proceedings of the First International Eye Tracking for Spatial Research workshop, held at COSIT 2013, Scarborough, UK, 2013.

 

Emo, B., 2012, “Experiencing the Built Environment through Legibility”, in Seifert, G., Planck, C., Zisch, F. & Gschwendtner, G. (Eds.), Proceedings of Spatial Thinking 2, Innsbruck, Austria, 2012.

 

Emo, B., Hölscher, C., Wiener, J., and Dalton, R.C., 2012, “Wayfinding and Spatial Configuration: Evidence from Street Corners”, in Greene, M., Reyes, J. and Castro, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Space Syntax Symposium, Santiago de Chile, PUC, 2012.

 

Emo, B., 2010, “The visual properties of spatial configuration”, in Dara-Abrams, D., Hölscher, C., Conroy Dalton, R., and Turner, A. (Eds.), ‘Environmental Modeling: Using Space Syntax in Spatial Cognition Research’, Proceedings of the workshop at Spatial Cognition 2010, Mt. Hood, Oregon, SFB/TR 8 Report No. 026-12/2010, pp.74–92, 2010.

 

Research projects

Outdoor navigation & mobile eye tracking.
http://www.cog.ethz.ch/research/outdoor-eye-tracking.html
 

Human Centered Urban Design: analysing pedestrians’ perceived density of public space. ​Collaborative project with Chair of Information Architecture (ETH) and  Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.
 

Linking the spatial properties of a city street network with brain activity during navigation. Collaborative project with Hugo Spiers’ Lab, Institute Behavioural Neuroscience, University College London.

 

Teaching

Cognition for Architecture - Designing orientation and navigation for building users. ETH D_GESS

Urban design studio course, Chair of Architecture & Urban Planning, ETH D_ARCH.

 

Funding

ETH Innovedum grant “Critical Thinking” (2015-2016). Collaborative teaching grant with Prof. Hölscher & Prof. Christiaanse.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – full 4 year studentship

 

Invited Talks

Urban psychology course, University of Zürich, 2017.

GIScience colloquium, University of Zürich, 2016.

Eye tracking seminar, Lund University, Sweden, 2015.

Human mobility, cognition and GISc Conference, Uni. of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.

Smart Environments Research Initiative, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2015.

10th Space Syntax Symposium, University College London, UK, 2015.

Eye Tracking Interest Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2014.

Digital Landscape Architecture 2014, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2014.

Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2013.

International Spatial Cognition Summer School, Santa Barbara, 2013.

Spatial Thinking 2, Innsbruck, Austria, 2012.

Spatial Cognition 2012, Kloster Seeon, Germany, 2012.

Lost in Space workshop, University College London, UK, 2010.

‘Environmental Modeling: Using Space Syntax in Spatial Cognition Research’ workshop, Spatial Cognition 2010, Mount Hood, Oregon, USA, 2010.

 

 

 

 
 
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