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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Linda Casals lindac at
Wed Nov 6 12:15:15 EST 2013


DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Presents
Title: Crowd Simulation on 3D Surfaces

Speaker: Brian Ricks, DIMACS

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University                 
             Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


One of the miracles of nature is how groups of people and animals move
with such elegance. Even though there is no one central controlling
intelligence, crowds naturally create efficient and precise
movements. Understanding how these emergent phenomena work and how to
simulate them has been the seminal question of the growing research
area of crowd simulation. As a fascinating interdisciplinary science,
crowd simulation involves entomology, zoology, human psychology and
sociology, computer science, and mathematics. Currently, crowd
simulation research creates believable reproductions of natural crowd
movements. However, one of the open questions in the field is how to
simulate crowds constrained to 3D surfaces. Crowds constrained to 3D
surfaces lack the mathematical simplicity of 2D surfaces. They also
lack the freedom of unconstrained 3D movement, such as that seen in
flocking birds. Starting with an introduction to crowds and crowd
simulation, this talk works up these complex issues in 3D crowd
simulation. It will end with my results in 3D crowd simulation and a
look at exciting future opportunities in this area. 

DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Series 

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