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"So go downtown": simulating pedestrian movement in town centres

Haklay, M; O'Sullivan, D; Thurstain-Goodwin, M; Schelhorn, T; (2001) "So go downtown": simulating pedestrian movement in town centres. ENVIRON PLANN B , 28 (3) 343 - 359. Green open access

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Abstract

Pedestrian movement models have been developed since the 1970s. A review of the literature shows that such models have been developed to explain and predict macro, meso, and micro movement patterns. However, recent developments in modelling techniques, and especially advances in agent-based simulation, open up the possibility of developing integrative and complex models which use existing models as 'building blocks'. In this paper we describe such integrative, modular approach to simulating pedestrian movement behaviour. The STREETS model, developed by using Swarm and GIS, is an agent-based model that focuses on the simulation of the behavioural aspects of pedestrian movement. The modular structure of the simulation is described in detail. This is followed by a discussion of the lessons learned from the development of STREETS, especially the advantages of adopting a modular approach and other aspects of using the agent-based paradigm for modelling.

Type: Article
Title: "So go downtown": simulating pedestrian movement in town centres
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: CELLULAR-AUTOMATA, AGENTS, ATTRACTION, CHOICE, MODEL
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10974
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