The second edition of the PhD workshop ‘Topics on Pedestrian Dynamics 2020′, which took place in Cologne, Germany, on the 11th and 12th of February was enriching and inspiring. It provided PhD students the opportunity to network, present the stage of development of their own studies and discuss new open questions of all areas concerning pedestrian dynamics and related topics. During the two-days, participants who presented their work could not only get feedback on their ideas, but also discuss questions and recommendations from the audience. Participants came from different background such as engineering, physics, mathematics and social sciences, but they all had one common interest: positively contribute to the current state-of-the-art knowledge on pedestrians’ dynamics. The motivation of the studies presented highlighted the importance of better understanding pedestrian behavior, given the ever-higher number of pedestrians observed in different infrastructure areas. This positive trend also reinforces the major role of simulation when carrying out studies with pedestrians.

Simulation of large-scale events, group behavior in crowds and even the use of virtual reality to study pedestrian behavior where among the topics presented in the workshop. Paula Godoy, a master student from TU Delft who is currently using Pedestrian Dynamics® for the thesis project had the chance of attending it and also giving a short presentation. The main topic of her presentation was the verification and validation studies of Pedestrian Dynamics® in accordance with the internationally recognized guidelines of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

INCONTROL is in close cooperation with the academia, and continuously performing, sponsoring and making use of research into pedestrian movements to extend the set of validated attributes and values of Pedestrian Dynamics®, as well as to provide those in update version of the software. Research with Pedestrian Dynamics® can be performed in a variety of areas of expertise and purposes, from testing architecture designs to improving realism in simulation. If you are student or researcher who wants to add more visualization power to your work, or test your own algorithms in a user-friendly virtual environment, contact INCONTROL as we are open for discussing opportunities for collaboration.

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