Jul 7, 2016

Pedestrian Experiment

Recently, I conducted an experiment to analyze two-dimensional pedestrian flow in front of a bottleneck.
The experiment yields empirical data of pedestrian behavior in front of a bottleneck. We use this data to calibrate a social-force model for pedestrian dynamics such that simulation yields more realistic results. In particular, in standard state-of-the art simulation software we observe some pedestrians to be pushed aside such that the time needed to cross the space is longer than in empirical observations. The new data is used to find a calibration of the social-force model to prevent pilgrims to be pushed aside and hence yielding more realistic simulation of pedestrian dynamics. Stay tuned ...

Keywords: crowd dynamics, advanced analytics, simulation, pedestrian, crowd behavior 

The enthusiastic support of my students is greatly acknowledged.