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Simulating dynamical features of escape panic
One of the most disastrous forms of collective human behaviour is the kind of crowd stampede induced by panic, often leading to fatalities as people are crushed or trampled. Sometimes this behaviourExpand
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Traffic and related self-driven many-particle systems
Since the subject of traffic dynamics has captured the interest of physicists, many astonishing effects have been revealed and explained. Some of the questions now understood are the following: WhyExpand
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Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities
Humanity has just crossed a major landmark in its history with the majority of people now living in cities. Cities have long been known to be society's predominant engine of innovation and wealthExpand
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How social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect
Social groups can be remarkably smart and knowledgeable when their averaged judgements are compared with the judgements of individuals. Already Galton [Galton F (1907) Nature 75:7] found evidenceExpand
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The Hidden Geometry of Complex, Network-Driven Contagion Phenomena
Predicting Disease Dissemination In combating the global spread of an emerging infectious disease, answers must be obtained to three crucial questions: Where did the disease emerge? Where will it goExpand
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Self-Organized Pedestrian Crowd Dynamics: Experiments, Simulations, and Design Solutions
To test simulation models of pedestrian flows, we have performed experiments for corridors, bottleneck areas, and intersections. Our evaluations of video recordings show that the geometric boundaryExpand
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How simple rules determine pedestrian behavior and crowd disasters
With the increasing size and frequency of mass events, the study of crowd disasters and the simulation of pedestrian flows have become important research areas. However, even successful modelingExpand
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Globally networked risks and how to respond
  • D. Helbing
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 2 May 2013
Today’s strongly connected, global networks have produced highly interdependent systems that we do not understand and cannot control well. These systems are vulnerable to failure at all scales,Expand
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Pedestrian, Crowd and Evacuation Dynamics
  • D. Helbing, A. Johansson
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science
  • 6 September 2013
Collective intelligence Emergent functional behavior of a large number of people that results from interactions of individuals rather than from individual reasoning or global optimization. CrowdExpand
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A Fluid-Dynamic Model for the Movement of Pedestrians
  • D. Helbing
  • Computer Science, Physics
  • Complex Syst.
  • 18 May 1998
A fluid-dynamic description for the collective movement of pedestrians is developed on the basis of a Boltzmann-like gas-kinetic model. The differences between these pedestrian-specific equations andExpand
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