Less queuing, more safety – the power of crowd simulations | Angelika Kneidl
Everybody knows these problems: queuing for the toilet, not knowing which route to take to your destination, or being stuck in a huge group of people. Buildings and events are designed to avoid these scenarios, but their design only accounts for standards and static rules, overlooking social behaviors of their users. Angelika likes to observe people and how they behave in crowds and shows us how crowd simulations can help us model reality, by combing different layers for a more realistic view on how we move through events or buildings in real life. Crowd simulations enable the design of more human-centered buildings, ensuring safe venue access and evacuation. Angelika Kneidl is an expert in modeling and simulating crowd behavior. Since first hearing of the field, Angelika has passionately sought to notice patterns in daily life and imitate the nuances of human behavior in computers. Following her PhD on pedestrians’ navigational behavior, Angelika co-founded the firm accu:rate, which offers consulting services and software for pedestrian dynamics simulations. This can include modeling and visualizing the behavior of large crowds at events, or collaborating with planners and event managers to improve the safety of events and layout of buildings.