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Computer Science Department
Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
Charlotte Jablonski, Administrative Assistant

Event Detail

Department Tea: Josh Zukoff '13

Start: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 11:20 a.m.
End: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, noon
Location: COSC department lounge

Agent-Based Modeling of Crowd Behavior in an Evacuation Scenario
Josh Zukoff '13

Josh’s research involved the utilization of Agent Based Modeling (ABM) tools to simulate a quasi-realistic evacuation scenario in a built space. The space took the form of a stadium and the model attempted to take into account psychological aspects like group formation and social comparison to accurately represent crowd behavior. Crowd behavior in built spaces is of interest to a number of types of individual’s i.e. urban planners, emergency personnel. Similarly, agent based modeling can adapt itself to the simulation of a vast array of scenarios. Josh’s model was written to take advantage of flocking behavior to simulate grouping behavior. The model illustrates the ability for ABM to approximate crowd behavior using low level decision making processes and flocking behavior. Additionally, various aspects of communication among people can be shown to have an effect on evacuation time.

Software is available from the Pointers page on the CS department Wiki:

Acknowledgment: This work was done while participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at DIMACS, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, supported by various federal funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Note: Students who might be interested in summer research, especially at other institutions, are encouraged to attend to learn about this type of program.