Event Title

Understanding Collective Motion: Jamming and Crowd Dynamics

Presenter Information

Dominic Bosco, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center A247

Start Date

10-27-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

10-27-2017 4:20 PM

Research Program

Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS)
Team Research in Computational & Applied Mathematics REU

Abstract

Collective motion is key to understanding the behavior of different organisms and how they interact with each other as well as their surroundings. Created from basic local rules, the complex behavior can be illustrated using the Vicsek model. Using this model, we have investigated the resulting behavior in terms of different parameters. This exploration provided the foundation of insight into crowd dynamics and jammed conditions. Through research into crowd dynamics, we discovered that the smart particle experienced less force on the indirect path through the crowd making it the better path. By testing various rules of particle interaction, we discovered a rule that produces ordered movement based on topological interaction in a jammed condition with partially periodic boundaries.

Notes

Session I, Panel 3 - Physical | Science
Moderator: Jason Stalnaker, Associate Professor of Physics

Major

Mathematics; Computer Science

Project Mentor(s)

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Christoph Weber, Orit Peleg, Alex Heyde and Sarah Iams, Harvard University

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Oct 27th, 3:00 PM Oct 27th, 4:20 PM

Understanding Collective Motion: Jamming and Crowd Dynamics

Science Center A247

Collective motion is key to understanding the behavior of different organisms and how they interact with each other as well as their surroundings. Created from basic local rules, the complex behavior can be illustrated using the Vicsek model. Using this model, we have investigated the resulting behavior in terms of different parameters. This exploration provided the foundation of insight into crowd dynamics and jammed conditions. Through research into crowd dynamics, we discovered that the smart particle experienced less force on the indirect path through the crowd making it the better path. By testing various rules of particle interaction, we discovered a rule that produces ordered movement based on topological interaction in a jammed condition with partially periodic boundaries.