PREDICTING CROWD BEHAVIOR

Details

Center Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) at Rutgers University (CCICADA)
Keyword
  • Data Visualization
  • Crowd Safety
  • Large Venues
Documents
Website CCICADA Website
Contact info@ccicada.org

Overview

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is tapping a high-tech approach developed by the DHS S&T Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) at Rutgers to enable safer crowd movement during emergencies and other events. The CVADA-Rutgers research team uses a combination of mathematical modeling and LiDAR (light and radar) to determine the best way to manage rush-hour crowds and bus schedules—including emergency evacuations. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is currently using this CVADA-developed tool to plan for reconstruction of their bus terminal.

To simulate crowd movements, CVADA-Rutgers researchers capture and analyze data related to pedestrian traffic flows and bus schedules at the terminal. They study how individuals move differently when carrying luggage, buying a snack, acting unsure of where to go, and how groups of two or more people behave, as social groups move differently than individual pedestrians. This data is then used to develop computer simulations of crowd movement. The simulations show how the different phases of the planned reconstruction of the terminal are likely to impact crowd movement, which can help the Port Authority design pathways that facilitate people flow.