Saskia Kuliga, MSc
University of Freiburg
D-79098 Freiburg, Germany
- (Environmental) Psychology
- Human Wayfinding and Aesthetic Perception in Built Environments
- Usability Research for Architectural Design
- Human Media Interaction
- Space Syntax
- Spatial Cognition
In February 2012, Saskia started her PhD-project at the Center for Cognitive Science in Freiburg. She is supervised by Prof. Christoph Hölscher (ETH Zürich/University of Freiburg).
The R6[SpaceGuide] project seeks to better understand human and robot wayfinding processes in interaction with their physical and virtual environment. Methods include real-world observation studies and Virtual Reality experimentation in complex, often public buildings, such as airports, hospitals and libraries. The team also works on how to properly support architects in designing buildings in which users can navigate well; this involves observing the design process itself to identify potentially ambiguous spots in a building.
2/2012 - ongoing
in Spatial Cognition (TR8/R6)
7/2011 – 12/2011
2005 - 2010
Science in Psychology
- BSc: “Voice or tune?
Effects of vocal and instrumental music on dental anxiety”, (Dr. Karin
Tanja-Dijkstra, University of Plymouth, UK, & Thomas van Rompay, University of Twente, Netherlands).
SFB/TR 8 Project R6-[SpaceGuide]
Papers in Journals
Dalton, R., Kuliga, S., & Hölscher, C. (2013). POE 2.0: exploring the potential of social media for capturing unsolicited post occupancy evaluations. Intelligent Buildings International, 5, 3, Special Issue: Post-occupancy evaluation. ISSN 1750-8975; DOI 10.1080/17508975.2013.800813. (Access via: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17508975.2013.800813#.Umo7XnDjdAc)
Papers in Proceedings and Oral Conference Presentations
Kuliga, S., Dalton, R., & Hölscher, C. (2013). Aesthetic and Emotional Appraisal of the Seattle Public Library and its relation to spatial configuration. Proceedings of the International Space Syntax Symposium 2013, Seoul, South-Korea. (Access: http://www.sss9.or.kr/paperpdf/scb/SSS9_2013_REF077_P.pdf)
Schneider, S., Kuliga, S., Dalton, R., Hölscher, C., et al (2013). Design by Research - Educating architecture students to design buildings from the inside out. Proceedings of the International Space Syntax Symposium 2013, Seoul, South-Korea. (Access: http://sss9.or.kr/paperpdf/ADP/SSS9_2013_REF001_P.pdf)
- Kuliga, S., & Hölscher, C. (2013). Exploring Aesthetic and Emotional Appraisal of a Real Building and a Corresponding Virtual Model. 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Magdeburg, Germany.
- Kuliga,S., Tanja-Dijkstra, K., Verhoeven, F. (2011). Effects of an Image of Eyes on Implicit Activation of Norms of Compliance and on Hand Hygiene Behavior. 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Eindhoven (NL), September 2011.
Conference Poster Presentations
- Kuliga, S., Von Stülpnagel, R., Hölscher, C. (2013). Self-contained placement of landmarks: effects on wayfinding performance and relations to space syntax in a virtual Tate Gallery London. 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.
- Kuliga, S., Tanja-Dijkstra, K., VanRompay, T., (2012). Come Away With Me: Effects of classical and instrumental music on dental anxiety. Interdisciplinary College (IK) 2012 - Emotion and Aesthetics,, Günne am Möhnesee (Germany), March 2012.
- Summer 2013
- Winter 2012/2013
In May 2012, Saskia conducted a wayfinding study in the Seattle Public Library; WA, USA, that followed-up previous work by Amy Shelton, Laura Carlson et al (2011, in preparation). Saskia worked together with Ruth Conroy Dalton (Northumbria University) on investigating the potential of unsolicited user comments for post-occupancy-evaluation of the Seattle Public Library (submitted to IBI, 2013).
Saskia’s current work includes studies about human dynamic landmark placement in a VR-Tate Gallery (with Rul von Stüpnagel & Maximilian Beinhofer, University of Freiburg). The Tate model was kindly provided by Ruth Conroy Dalton.
Other projects include collaborations with architects, e.g. about circulation, with Asya Natapov (Technion Israel Institute of Technology) and architectural education, with Sven Schneider (infAR Bauhaus Universität Weimar).
A novel project involves evaluating the design of a new university building in Melbourne, Australia (project collaboration by Martin Tomko, department of Architecture, Building & Planning & Christoph Hölscher, ETH Zürich). Future work will also include a behavioral study in a virtual model of an existing conference center in Günne, which follows-up previous work by Hölscher and Brösamle.
- Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center Network (SILC), http://spatiallearning.org/
- Cognitive Science Society; http://cognitivesciencesociety.org
Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft, http://www.gk-ev.de/