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Biologically Inspired Modeling Approach for Collective Pedestrian Dynamics Under Emergency Conditions

Nirajan Shiwakoti, Majid Sarvi, Geoffrey Rose, Martin Burd

Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2010


An interesting aspect of collective dynamics of various biological entities is that they are emergent systems. A literature review examines how the fundamental principles of emergent systems can be applied to model collective pedestrian dynamics. A simulation model is then proposed on the basis of modifications of collective animal dynamics. Recent findings from experiments with panicking Argentine ants are presented to illustrate how such experiments can be used to study collective pedestrian traffic. Despite the difference in speed, size, and other biological details of the panicking individuals, the model proved capable of explaining the collective dynamics. The model's robustness is demo..

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