Crossing Disciplinary Borders Through Studying Walkability

  • Stefania Bandini
  • Andrea GorriniEmail author
  • Katsuhiro Nishinari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9741)


Computer-based simulations of pedestrian dynamics are aimed at improving the walkability of urban crowded scenarios, considering the pedestrians’ comfort and safety. The validation of the developed models requires a cross-disciplinary approach, and the acquisition of empirical evidences about human behavior is mandatory. The main purpose of this work is to report two case studies which allowed to perform simulations and validate the ELIAS38 agent-based computational model: (i) the naturalistic observation of pedestrian dynamics in an urban commercial-touristic walkway, focused on the impact of grouping and ageing on speed; (ii) the controlled experiment of pedestrian spatial behavior, focused on the impact of speed and cultural differences on personal space.


Pedestrian Walkability Groups Age Culture Proxemics 



The Italian law was complied with respect to the privacy of the people recorded during the in vivo observation. The experiment in vitro was performed within the authorization of The University of Tokyo and it was founded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The authors thank Giuseppe Vizzari, Luca Crociani and Kenichiro Shimura for their valuable contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefania Bandini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Gorrini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katsuhiro Nishinari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication, CSAI-Complex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research CenterUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanoItaly
  2. 2.RCAST-Research Center for Advance Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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