Large crowds of pedestrians moving through built environments are an everyday occurrence. Examples include passengers moving through transport hubs and people leaving a building during a fire drill. We will explore the science behind crowd movement: do crowds flow like water? How do pedestrians interact? Do these interactions result in a clever, emergent organisation of pedestrian traffic? And what does maths have to do with this?
You will also have the opportunity (not obligatory!) to take part in an experiment in which we explore why some crowds move faster than others.