Pedestrian crowd safety is an important matter as there have been numerous incidents in which crowd panic has resulted in severe injuries and death.
This research focuses on crowd dynamics modelling, experiments and simulation during extreme emergency and panic. This work will enable the development of a modelling tools which can be used in the planning, design, and management of major gatherings in public places. These tools can also be used in a wide range of applications such as designing of major infrastructure, assisting disaster relief agencies, and policing wherever crowd movement is a central concern.
In our study of crowd dynamics under panic we blend empirical data collected from human crowds under normal walking conditions and group behaviour of live biological organisms (ants, woodlice, and mice) experimentation under panic conditions.