Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Journal 59

“A Network Optimization-Based Approach for Crowd Management in Large Public Gatherings ”

Transportation Research Part C 42, 182-199.
Feng, L. and E. Miller-Hooks (2014)

Pub59Effective crowd management during large public gatherings is necessary to enable pedestrians access to and from the venue and to ensure their safety. This paper proposes a network optimization-based methodology to support such efficient crowd movement during large events. Specifically, a bi-level integer program is presented that, at the upper-level, seeks a reconfiguration of the physical layout that will minimize total travel time incurred by system users (e.g. evacuees) given utility maximizing route decisions that are taken by individuals in response to physical offerings in terms of infrastructure at the lower-level. The lower-level formulation seeks a pure-strategy Nash equilibrium that respects collective behavior in crowds. A Multi-start Tabu Search with Sequential Quadratic Programming procedure is proposed for its solution. Numerical experiments on a hypothetical network were conducted to illustrate the proposed solution methodology and the insights it provides.


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

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