Analysis of passenger group behaviour and its impact on passenger flow using an agent-based model

Cheng, Lin, Fookes, Clinton B., Reddy, Vikas, & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2014) Analysis of passenger group behaviour and its impact on passenger flow using an agent-based model. In 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH), 28-30 August 2014, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna. (In Press)


Group interaction within crowds is a common phenomenon and has great influence on pedestrian behaviour. This paper investigates the impact of passenger group dynamics using an agent-based simulation method for the outbound passenger process at airports. Unlike most passenger-flow models that treat passengers as individual agents, the proposed model additionally incorporates their group dynamics as well. The simulation compares passenger behaviour at airport processes and discretionary services under different group formations. Results from experiments (both qualitative and quantitative) show that incorporating group attributes, in particular, the interactions with fellow travellers and wavers can have significant influence on passengers activity preference as well as the performance and utilisation of services in airport terminals. The model also provides a convenient way to investigate the effectiveness of airport space design and service allocations, which can contribute to positive passenger experiences. The model was created using AnyLogic software and its parameters were initialised using recent research data published in the literature.

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ID Code: 82548
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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