Optimizing aspects of pedestrian traffic in building designs

Samuel Rodriguez, Yinghua Zhang, Nicholas Gans, Nancy M. Amato

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In this work, we investigate aspects of building design that can be optimized. Architectural features that we explore include pillar placement in simple corridors, doorway placement in buildings, and agent placement for information dispersement in an evacuation. The metrics utilized are tuned to the specific scenarios we study, which include continuous flow pedestrian movement and building evacuation. We use Multidimensional Direct Search (MDS) optimization with an extreme barrier criteria to find optimal placements while enforcing building constraints. © 2013 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781467363587
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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