Crowd Simulation

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Paul M. Torrens, an Associate Professor in Geography at Arizone State University is using artificial intelligence to model crowd behavior in order to help architects and public safety officials. Torrens has developed geosimulation software that uses avatars that can individually plan their own route and respond to external stimulus such as the jostling of other avatars. Discover Magazine has some interesting screen shots and and step by step explanation of the geosimulation software. The simulation is being used to help predict crowd behavior in stressed situations such as fire or riots.




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