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PEDFLOW: development of an autonomous agent model of pedestrian flow.

Kukla, Robert, Kerridge, Jon, Willis, Alexandra and Hine, Julian (2001) PEDFLOW: development of an autonomous agent model of pedestrian flow. Transportation Research Record, 1774 (1). pp. 11-17. ISSN 0361 1981

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Abstract/Description

The paper discusses the need for an autonomous agent approach for the modeling of pedestrians in urban
environments and places PEDFLOW in the context of existing models. PEDFLOW is a microscopic model
of pedestrians’ movement, where each pedestrian is represented as an agent capable of making its own
decisions based upon a part of the observable scene local to that pedestrian. The model, implemented in
Java, provides a framework where agents are visualised as squares in a grid and movement is modelled as a
change of grid position with a delay that characterises the speed of the agent. A single rule set is utilised
that is made specific to each agent by the incorporation of parameters characterising ‘types’ of pedestrians.
The rules originate from computer aided analysis of video footage and are transformed into a form that can
be efficiently processed by the agent. By adding tools to extract measures of pedestrian flow, the
PEDFLOW model will be made useful to urban planners to evaluate infrastructural changes intended to
promote walking in the urban environment.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0361 1981
Uncontrolled Keywords: PEDFLOW; Autonomous agent; Pedestrian; Flow;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Transport Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 2238
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008 11:27
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 16:35
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2238

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