The Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED) conference is an  international series held every two years, first established in 2001.  The most recent conference, which took place in Eindhoven from June 28th  to 30th, 2023, was a successful event. It drew in more than 150 experts  and enthusiasts in the field of pedestrian dynamics, demonstrating the  ongoing interest and growth in this area of study.

From left to right: Rudina Subaih, Mohcine Chraibi, Sina Feldmann, Tobias Schrödter, Kai Kratz, Mira Küpper, Anna Sieben, Armin Seyfried, Juliane Adrian, Jette Schumann, Krisztina Konya, Ann Katrin Boomers, Ezel Üsten, Jakob Cordes, Maik Boltes

This event  served as a platform where participants from different parts of the  world could convene to share their knowledge, showcase their research,  and engage in enriching discussions about the state of the art in  pedestrian dynamics research. The diversity and quality of the  presentations and posters, including those contributed by our institute,  reflect the dynamic and vibrant nature of this research field. It was  an event that further emphasized the importance of collaboration and  knowledge sharing in propelling the field forward.

A day prior to the official commencement of the conference, a workshop designed for PhD students was held, aiming to foster connections among those specializing in pedestrian dynamics. This workshop sought to provide insights into the latest experimental methodologies, covering both technical and ethical considerations. Maik Boltes and Juliane Adrian contributed lectures on the technical aspects of laboratory experiments, data collection, and the analysis of pedestrian trajectory data. The event culminated in a roundtable discussion steered by Mohcine Chraibi.

Our institute had an active role at the international PED23 conference in Eindhoven, focusing on pedestrian dynamics. We showcased the breadth and depth of our current research, derived from various projects such as MADRAS, PGSB, Croma, Croma-Pro and CrowdDNA, along with ongoing PhD theses.

Our participation was marked by six talks and seven posters. The conference opened with Sina Feldmann discussing "Motion Propagation in Response to an External Impulse", followed by Jakob Cordes speaking about "Scaling Analysis of Crowd Dynamics".

On the second day, Krsztina Konya delivered a talk titled "How to Approach an Anonymous Crowd – A Socio-Psychological Perspective", with Armin Seyfried and Anna Sieben examining the "Reconstruction of the Loveparade Disaster from the Visitors' Perspective". They focused on the analysis of witness statements. Ezel Üsten then explored the "Relationship between Pushing Behavior and Crowd Dynamics", and Anna Sieben alongside Tom Postmes presented their research on "Behavioral Repertoires in Crowds: Theoretical and Practical Implications". On the final day, Juliane Adrian presented her study on "Interaction within a Highly Motivated Crowd in Bottleneck Experiments".

Complementing the talks, the conference also featured these posters:

  1. "PedPy: A Python Toolbox for Pedestrian Dynamics Analysis" by Tobias Schrödter
  2. "Be FAIR to Pedestrian Dynamics Data" by Maik Boltes
  3. "Movement Strategies when People Encounter Each Other at a Bottleneck" by Ann-Katrin Boomers
  4. "Disassembling JuPedSim: Easier Modeling and Integration by Providing a more Versatile Pedestrian Dynamics Simulation Library" by Kai Kratz
  5. "Single-file Pedestrian Dynamics with Follower Interactions" by Rudina Subaih
  6. "Evaluating Jam Characteristics in Evacuation Simulations" by Jette Schumann
  7. "Waiting pedestrians at railways platforms: An Experimental Study" by Mira Küppers

Our participation at the PED23 conference underlines our institute's ongoing contributions to pedestrian dynamics research. The conference booklet can be found hier.

Last Modified: 04.09.2023