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Sabine Timpf Masterclass - Agent-based modelling of pedestrian behaviour

Thursday, 22nd September 2016
10:45am - 2:00pm. Coffee/tea provided in AM. Lunch and Refreshments provided mid-day.
Urban Big Data Centre - Conference Room, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow UK G12 8RZ get directions

UBDC was delighted to host Prof. Sabine Timpf, Professor of Geoinformatics from the University of Augsburg, Germany, for a Masterclass at the UBDC in September. 


Simulations of urban transportation reflect the modelling purpose, which is concerned with managing or optimizing the whole transportation system. As a consequence individual travel behaviour does not seem to play a role and thus is not modelled. However, we know that e.g., the (perceived) number of transfers in a public transportation route, the spatial arrangement of transfer stations or the (perceived) complexity of the payment scheme, play a significant role in mode choice. Our aim is to work towards a simulation of urban transportation from the bottom up, i.e., starting with individual decisions and leading to an emergent transportation system. In contrast to micro-simulation, we call this type of simulation nano-simulation. Starting with pedestrians we develop agent-based models of spatial behaviour taking into account environmental cognition. Recently we simulated different route choice strategies (simplest path, longest-leg-first, least-angle, mental map) and explored differences between types of movement (uphill/downhill, summer/winter, group/single, moving around small/medium/large obstacles). These small models and simulations allow more variation in the behaviour of pedestrians and should provide a richer understanding of movement and route choices in urban environments.


Thursday, Sept 22nd 2016

10:45am Tea/coffee available

11am – 11:45am

  • Prof Sabine Timpf discusses present work on "Agent Based Modelling of Pedestrian Behaviour” and connects this to unifying themes, questions or puzzles that link her research over time. 

11:45am – 12:00

  • Q&A discussion

12:00pm – 12:30pm

  • Break for lunch and refreshments

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Brief 15-20 minute presentations from 2- 3 pre-selected PhD and early career researchers delivering related research activities, with comments and open group discussion following each. This session is more focused on participant questions and input by Prof Sabine Timpf. Chaired by Prof. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah.


If you were not able to attend the event, you may view the presentation here: Agent-based modelling of pedestrian behaviour: modelling for nano-simulations (Download PDF).