Asymmetric Pedestrian Dynamics on a Staircase Landing from Continuous Measurements

  • Alessandro Corbetta
  • Chung-Min Lee
  • Adrian Muntean
  • Federico Toschi
Conference paper


We investigate via extensive experimental data the dynamics of pedestrians walking in a corridor-shaped landing in a building at Eindhoven University of Technology. With year-long automatic measurements employing a Microsoft Kinect™ 3D-range sensor and ad hoc tracking techniques, we acquired few hundreds of thousands pedestrian trajectories in real-life conditions. Here, we discuss the asymmetric features of the dynamics in the two walking directions with respect to the flights of stairs (i.e. ascending or descending). We provide a detailed analysis of position and speed fields for the cases of pedestrians walking alone undisturbed and for couple of pedestrians in counter-flow. Then, we show average walking velocities exploring all the observed combinations in terms of numbers of pedestrians and walking directions.


Particle Tracking Velocimetry Head Tracking Walking Direction Pedestrian Traffic Speed Drop 



We thank A. Holten and G. Oerlemans (Eindhoven, NL) for their help in the establishment of the measurement set-up at Eindhoven University of Technology and A. Liberzon (Tel Aviv, IL) for his help in the adaptation of the OpenPTV library. We acknowledge Iker Zuriguel (Pamplona, Spain) for the discussions during the TGF ’15 conference that led to Fig. 4. We acknowledge the support from the Brilliant Streets research program of the Intelligent Lighting Institute at the Eindhoven University of Technology, NL. AC was founded by a Lagrange Ph.D. scholarship granted by the CRT Foundation, Turin, IT and by Eindhoven University of Technology, NL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Corbetta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chung-Min Lee
    • 3
  • Adrian Muntean
    • 4
  • Federico Toschi
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly
  3. 3.California State University Long BeachLong BeachUSA
  4. 4.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  5. 5.CNR-IACRomeItaly

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