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Modeling Different Groups of Pedestrians With Physical Disability, Using the Social Force Model and Fractional Order Potential Fields

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Daniel Stuart, Mohammad Sadra Sharifi, Keith Christensen, Anthony Chen, Yong Seog Kim

Utah State University, Logan, UT

YangQuan Chen

University of California - Merced, Merced, CA

Paper No. DETC2015-47042, pp. V009T07A040; 9 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 9: 2015 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5719-9
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Modeling individuals with physical disabilities in a crowd has previously been in the form of a pure adjustment to velocity representing an entire group. However, current research involving individuals with various types of disability has shown interactions are far more complex and varying. These types comprised of mechanical and electric wheelchair, vision impaired, and various other mobility-related disabilities. Preliminary results have shown that each group varies not only in velocity, but also in composition of their environment. Further results show other differences in interaction within a crowd. This paper provides for some preliminary differences found in the study of individuals with disabilities within a crowd and how those differences change pedestrian interaction. Using the nature of Fractional Order Potential Fields (FOPF), this paper will provide some results for how pedestrian interaction can be adjusted to fit the varying differences found within each disability group.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Modeling



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