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A conceptual model of wayfinding using multiple levels of abstraction

By Sabine Timpf, Gary S. Volta, David W. Pollock and Max J. Egenhofer


Wayfinding is part of everyday life. This study concentrates on the development of a conceptual model of human navigation in the U.S. Interstate Highway Network. It proposes three different levels of conceptual understanding that constitute the cognitive map: the Planning Level, the Instructional Level, and the Driver Level. This paper formally defines these three levels and examines the conceptual objects that comprise them. The problem treated here is a simpler version of the open problem of planning and navigating a multi-mode trip. We expect the methods and preliminary results found here for the Interstate system to apply to other systems such as river transportation networks and railroad networks

Year: 1992
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