Contributions to Proceedings:

M. Jaros, P. Ferschin, M. Di Angelo:
"Visualisation and Simulation of Pedestrians at Train Stations";
in: "Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2016", W. Song, J. Ma, L. Fu (ed.); issued by: PED 2016; University of Science and Technology of China Press, Hefei, 2016, ISBN: 978-7-312-04077-1, 453 - 458.

English abstract:
Space utilization by humans is an important aspect in building design, especially for buildings with a substantial flow of pedestrians like train stations. We aim at a simulation of pedestrian flows as a visual feedback in the planning phase of buildings. The simulation has to provide feedback for the layout and dimensions of floor space. This includes the general organization of space as well as capacities or congested and high collision areas. After observing pedestrians at the Westbahnhof, a major train station in the capital city of Austria, movements of pedestrians within a train station have been simulated and visualized. The real-time simulation is based on a multi-agent approach, where the individual agents are controlled by a behavioural model which employs three levels: strategic, tactical and operational. In our behavioural model, a strategy specifies the reason a person visits a place (e.g. to depart) and consists of several activities on the tactical level. While the strategy is constant for an agent during its lifetime, activities (e.g. to buy food, to use a toilet, to buy a newspaper) and associated activity areas are chosen and prioritized dynamically by each agent. This results in a coarse route through the facility. The operational level consists of path planning and obstacle avoidance. The simulation was implemented with the Unity framework and exemplified via a 3D model of the train station.

Pedestrian simulation, train station, building design support, behavioural model

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Related Projects:
Project Head Monika Di Angelo:
Dynamische Interaktive Visualisierung und Simulation

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