This research brings together the cognitive mechanisms that underlie the process of exploration and decision-making when navigating urban maps with their syntactic and morphological properties. It examines the motor aspect of decision-making during the navigation process. Motor reactions are recorded using technology developed for the quantification of neuromotor impairments. The project involves academics from different fields (computation, cognition, neuroscience, urban planning) as well as the company developing the technology.
It provides a mean to classify urban environments according to their level of intelligibility. The intelligibility in this research stems from the ease of navigation towards the center of an urban environment (accessibility) and the ease of traversing it. It is currently used to assess: 1. the impact of 19th century interventions on French cities 2. the intelligibility of informal settlements in Cairo 3. the planning of internal structure of Superblocks.
Future applications involve patients with dementia and how they navigate environments.