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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.

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.

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:

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.

Recent invited talks, presentations and workshops

  • Crowd simulation workshop. Summerschool Utrecht - Multidisciplinary Game Research. August 23, 2017.
  • Crowd simulation. Summerschool Utrecht - Introduction to Complex Systems. July 3, 2017.
  • Test panel meets our crowd simulation table. Some families played and judged our table at the Utrecht University Museum. 18 June 2017.
  • De meute ontrafeld: simulatie en beheersing van mensenmassa's. Bessensap 2017. 16 June 2017.
  • Demonstration Interactive 3D simulation. Demos given at Designsessie Slimcity. 5 April 2017.
  • Invited demo of our Interactive crowd simulation table. Annual Congress Technology Foundation STW. 17 November 2016.
  • Crowd simulation research. Invited talk for Junior college, Utrecht. 15 November 2016.
  • ACM Multimedia demo. UU Crowd Simulation Research and Development: Towards making a city smarter. 17 October 2016.
  • The crowd deciphered - A computational simulation model of human navigation. 4th National eScience Symposium: Science in a Digital World. Invited talk in the track Data Science. Amsterdam Arena. 13 October 2016.
  • Crowd control. Invited talk for City of Utrecht. 11 October 2016.
  • De meute ontrafeld: simulatie en beheersing van mensenmassa's. Weekend van de Wetenschap. Utrecht. 2 October 2016.
  • Smart city crowd simulation demo. Betweter Festival. TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. 30 September 2016.
  • Game Technologies: Crowd simulation in games and applications. Utrecht Summer School 2016: Multidisciplinary Game Research. 23 August 2016.
  • The Crowd Deciphered: A computational simulation model of human navigation. Keynote given at the Campus Party 2016. 28 May 2016.
  • Crowd simulation research. Invited guest lecture, Games and agents, ICS - UU. 12 May 2016.
  • Simulatie en beheersing van mensenmassa's bij Le Tour Utrecht en andere events. Festival van de Ruimte, Utrecht. 11 April 2016.
  • De meute ontrafeld: Simulatie en beheersing van mensenmassa's . Culturele Zondagen. Utrecht, 3 April 2016.
  • UU Crowd simulation research. Invited talk at Fietslab workshop. Amsterdam. 20 January 2016.
  • Crowd simulation research. Invited talk for Junior college. 24 November 2015.
  • A computational model of human navigation: from theory to practice. Talk given at the Dutch Computational Geometry Day. Utrecht 19 November 2015.
  • UU Crowd simulation research. Invited talk given at E-Science center. Amsterdam. 9 November 2015.
  • UU Crowd Simulation: Research & Development. Invited demo and pitch. Euro-CASE: Engineering Smart Cities of the Future. Delft. 2 November 2015.
  • Crowd simulation research: A computational model of human navigation. Invited presentation at Seminar Studying driver behavior using simulators. Wageningen. 11 June 2015.
  • De meute ontrafeld Simulatie en beheersing van mensenmassa's bij Le Tour Utrecht. Invited talk, Universiteitsdag. Utrecht. 11 April 2015.
  • Crowd simulation: A computational model of human navigation. Invited presentation at Workshop 'Emergence in Networks', Utrecht University. 27 May 2015.
  • Crowd simulation: A computational model of human navigation. Invited guest lecture, Games and agents, ICS - UU. 18 May 2015.
  • Crowd simulation: A computational model of human navigation. Invited talk, NHTV, Breda. 10 March 2015.
  • Crowd simulation research: A computational model of navigation in games. Control conference, Utrecht. November 2014.
  • A computational model of human navigation. Keynote given at the Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2014 (PED 2014). Presentation [pdf]. October 2014.
  • Het opsplitsen van 3D-modellen en de simulatie van mensenmassa's. Invited talk Arne Hillebrand en Roland Geraerts. NGI-NGN (Dutch Computer Science MSc thesis prize). June 2014.
  • Crowd simulation in virtual environments: from local behavior to global coordination. Invited talk Particle systems seminar, Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. October 2013.

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?