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Illustration of a fleeing crowd of artificial agents.

Researchers design synthetic cities to explore human movement and social interaction. In this scenario, the model is run with 14 different agent types, ranging from children to adult to seniors, males, females, agents with ambulatory difficulties, intoxicated agents, "pushy" agents and "passive" agents. For each agent type, varying behaviors are programmed and the agents are endowed with diverse body language from motion capture data.

Credit: Dr. Paul M. Torrens

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