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We study how we can automatically create a data structure that represents the walkable surfaces in virtual environments, and how it can be updated dynamically and efficiently when it changes. We refer to this structure as a navigation mesh. This mesh enables efficient crowd simulation, which is our next topic of research. We study and develop a crowd simulation framework and its components, which ranges from global (AI) planning to local animation. We create models for realistic crowd behaviors, which includes studying how (groups of) people move and avoid collisions in such environments, based on agent profiles and semantics (such as terrain annotations).

In the media

RTV Utrecht is making recordings of our crowd simulation experiments performed during Festival DeBeschaving.

RTV Utrecht is making recordings of our crowd simulation experiments performed during Festival DeBeschaving.

Our crowd simulation research and development has appeared at many places. On this page, we list our media appearances.

General articles on crowd simulation

News site nu.nl is recording a podcast with me in the North/South metro line in Amsterdam.

News site nu.nl is recording a podcast with me in the North/South metro line on 21 August 2017 in Amsterdam.

Our crowd simulation research has been mentioned in the following articles/media:

CES 2018

How does a crowd of (tens of) thousands of people react when something unexpected appears? — www.ad.nl

The co-founders of uCrowds, Eric de Wilde and Roland Geraerts, have demonstrated the crowd simulation software at CES 2018 in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. CES is the biggest consumer electronics show in the world with 180K visitors. They occupied a booth of the Holland startup pavilion, together with 53 selected Dutch startups.

uCrowds offers a software engine for simulating crowds in big infrastructures, events or computer games. With that proposal, they have attracted many interested (potential) customers. In addition, the media featured uCrowds, including the Dutch new paper AD (picture) and the website De ingenieur.

Our uCrowds booth at CES 2018 is displayed in Las Vegas, thanks to the hard work of the StartupDelta/RVO team.

Our uCrowds booth at CES 2018 is displayed in Las Vegas, thanks to the hard work of the StartupDelta team.

De Kennis van NU - Paniek in de menigte

Panic in the crowd. What are you doing in an emergency situation? — www.dekennisvannu.nl

The Dutch TV show, De Kennis van Nu (Today's knowledge) has made an epside around the theme Panic in the crowd. It was broadcast on November 9, 2017.

We show how a 3D model is made of the show host, and how we can drive her motions in our motion capture lab. We have put her in an evacuation scenario that takes place in Utrecht. These simulations can be used to be better prepared for emergency situations that may happen during such events.

The episode can be watched on the show's site. More information is provided here.

Screenshot of the Dutch TV show De kennis van nu where I explain an evacuation scenario.

Screenshot of the Dutch TV show De kennis van nu where I explain an evacuation scenario.

Festival deBeschaving

We conducted experiments related to the movements of crowds on Festival deBeschaving in Utrecht. Some students measured the number of people that crossed some virtual lines in the environment. We also made a first experimental setup in which we measured where and when people moved, and put this information live into a simulation.

Our team of (mainly) MSc and PhD students who helped during crowd simulation experiments on Festival deBeschaving.

Our team of (mainly) MSc and PhD students who helped during crowd simulation experiments on Festival deBeschaving.

Grand Départ of the Tour de France

We were involved in the preparations of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France (July 2015).

Simulations for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Press releases

TV

Radio

News papers

Magazine

Websites

Scheurkalender

We were interviewed by RTL4 News about simulations we performed for the Tour de France in Utrecht.

We were interviewed by RTL4 News about simulations we performed for the Tour de France in Utrecht.

Sail 2015

We were involved in the preparations of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France (July 2015).

Mekka 2015

  • De Wereld Vandaag op Radio 1. Interview on the Belgium VRT Radio 1 on crowd management. 24 September 2015.

Invited talks, presentations and workshops

How many people fit in 1 squared meter? I usually ask this question when I give a presentation, because it gives insight into (dangerous) crowd densities. In this case, 13 high-school students fit in 1m*m.

How many people fit in 1 squared meter?