Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Conference 19

“Modeling Pedestrian Route Choice during Large Public Gatherings”

Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics - PED 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, June 2012.
Feng, Le. and E. Miller-Hooks (2012)

This paper describes a network optimization-based modeling and solution framework for assessing pedestrian response to the physical layout of a venue’s ingress and egress routes during large public gatherings. The modeling and solution framework support the movement of both individuals and groups. The approach exploits concepts of utility maximization and recognizes that the utility of a route depends on both fixed route characteristics, such as length or grade, and characteristics that depend on the choices made by others who simultaneously seek passage along the same routes affecting the travel time along the routes for all users. Using this concept of utility maximization, the pedestrian route choice problem can be modeled as an n-player game, where each player is a group, each with its own utility function. A pure-strategy Nash equilibrium of the game is sought. This Nash equilibrium approach is presented , and results of numerical experiments are provided to demonstrate its effectiveness in modeling pedestrian response to a venue’s physical layout.


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

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