Noise-Induced Stop-and-Go Dynamics

  • Antoine TordeuxEmail author
  • Andreas Schadschneider
  • Sylvain Lassarre
Conference paper


Stop-and-go waves are commonly observed in traffic and pedestrian flows. In traffic theory, they are described by phase transitions of metastable models. The self-organisation phenomenon occurs due to inertia mechanisms but requires fine tuning of the parameters. Here, a novel explanation for stop-and-go waves based on stochastic effects is presented for pedestrian dynamics. We show that the introduction of specific coloured noises in a stable microscopic model allows to describe realistic pedestrian stop-and-go behaviour without requirement of metastability and phase transition. We compare simulation results of the stochastic model to real pedestrian trajectories and discuss plausible values for the model’s parameters.



The authors thank Prof. Michel Roussignol for his help in the formulation of the model. Financial support by the German Science Foundation under grant SCHA 636/9-1 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Tordeux
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Andreas Schadschneider
    • 3
  • Sylvain Lassarre
    • 4
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany
  2. 2.University of WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  3. 3.University of CologneCologneGermany
  4. 4.IFSTTAR COSYS GRETTIAMarne la Vallée Cedex 2France

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