Simulating the Local Behaviour of Small Pedestrian Groups

Abstract

Recent advancements in local methods have significantly improved the collision avoidance behaviour of virtual characters. However, existing methods fail to take into account that in real-life pedestrians tend to walk in small groups, consisting mainly of pairs or triples of individuals. We present a novel approach to simulate the walking behaviour of such small groups. Our model describes how group members interact with each other, with other groups and individuals. We highlight the potential of our method through a wide range of test-case scenarios. We evaluate the results from our simulations using a number of quantitative quality metrics, and also provide visual and numerical comparisons with video footages of real crowds.

Authors
Resources
 

Simulating and Evaluating the Local Behavior of Small Pedestrian Groups,
I. Karamouzas, M. Overmars
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), Vol. 18(3), 2012 
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Simulating the Local Behaviour of Small Pedestrian Groups,
I. Karamouzas, M. Overmars
The 17th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST 2010)
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[MOV] Approach - Scenarios (Requires QuickTime to view)

 

 


[MOV] Data-driven Evaluation (Requires QuickTime to view)

Support
This research has been supported by the GATE project, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Netherlands ICT Research and Innovation Authority (ICT Regie).
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