HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Unique laboratory could make pavements more user-friendly

A laboratory specifically designed to make pedestrian environments safer and easier to use is up and running at University College London. This new experimental facility and its potential to enhance quality of life will be described at this year's BA Festival of Science in Norwich.

Research undertaken using PAMELA (Pedestrian Accessibility & Movement Environment Laboratory) is expected to have a positive impact on the lives of all users which is particularly significant in view of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in April 2005.

The laboratory makes it possible, for the first time, to observe and understand how all the different factors at work in pedestrian environments can cause difficulties for people using them. By providing detailed insights into how pedestrians are affected by uneven surfaces and visual distractions, for instance, PAMELA will generate data that leads to improvements in the design of pavements, footways and concourses, and will enable new ideas and products to be tried out.

Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London, has led the development of PAMELA, supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He will outline the laboratory's capabilities at the BA Festival on 8th September.

PAMELA consists of three key elements, which enable different, realistic combinations of conditions and their impact on people to be studied in a closely controlled scientific environment:

  • An 80m2 computer-controlled platform which can be altered to mimic the characteristics of different pedestrian environments, such as surface material, colour and texture, gradients, steps and obstacles.
  • A lighting system that can mimic different daytime/night-time light conditions.
  • A sound system that can create realistic ambient noise such as traffic movement, railway announcements etc.

A
'"/>

Contact: Natasha Richardson
natasha.richardson@epsrc.ac.uk
44-179-344-4404
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
8-Sep-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Unique results from Swedish study of HIV vaccine
2. No butts about it: Unique UH database shows Texas is crushing out smoking
3. Unique vascular dysfunction in womens heart disease described in major journal supplement
4. Taking animals out of laboratory research
5. Wake Forest physician reports first human recipients of laboratory-grown organs
6. Melanoma vaccine strategy shows promise in laboratory experiments
7. Air pollution, high-fat diet cause atherosclerosis in laboratory mice
8. Artificial light at night stimulates breast cancer growth in laboratory mice
9. Seat belt injuries could signal more serious trauma in children
10. Using MRI for diagnosis could help prevent breast cancer progression
11. Metabolic study in mice could lead to good cholesterol boosters

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, Deputy Governor for Tourism ... and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2017 yesterday, which unveiled the latest “Functional & Regenerative ... and Business at TAT said, “Thailand has long been recognized as a world ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... of “Vision & Hearing” campaign, advocating for active, healthy lifestyles and highlighting the ... available for individuals with hearing impairments and shares the latest innovations in hearing ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Dawn Johnson ... inaugurating a new charity drive to generate community support for efforts to educate the ... cures and treatments for all types of cancer. , Each day in America, ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... protection and financial planning assistance that serves communities throughout southern Florida, is working ... to provide scholarship assets to children from low income families. , The Take ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... “Emotions are ... Tucker, Founder of St. Louis-based positive education company Generation Mindful. To help change the ... children learn social and emotional skills, she created the Time-In Toolkit, which launched on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/1/2017)... 1, 2017   CerSci Therapeutics , a non-opioid ... , has received notice from the National Institute ... Health (NIH) that it has been awarded a Direct-to-Phase ... $650,000 in 2017 with an additional $1,000,000 to follow ... Drug application of their lead non-opioid drug candidate CT-044 ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... TORONTO , July 31, 2017 7D Surgical, ... Spartan Medical has purchased the 7D Surgical System to support ... Washington D.C. and Virginia.  7D Surgical ... Medical for many of the premier medical facilities within those ... ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Ind., July 27, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. ... quarter ended June 30, 2017.  The Company reported second ... 1.1% over the prior year period, and an increase ... 240 basis points of contribution from the LDR Holding ... the second quarter of 2016, or 0.3% on a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: