“Crowd Sensing, Crush Prevention”, Presented by Vassilis Zachariadis, CSIC, University of Cambridge

Our public transport infrastructure has never been busier, with ever-increasing demand and pressure. High concentrations and volumes of people in public transport stations during rush hours pose significant risks to passenger safety and hinder optimised use of the available system. Ahead-of-time prediction of passenger flows has the potential to provide asset managers with the ability to foresee emergent congestion and and other unexpected interruptions and allow them sufficient time to act early, mitigate the impact of excessive demand and improve passenger safety and comfort. Using a recent example of London Bridge Station in Central London, Vassilis will describe the latest developments in dynamic passenger flow sensing, and simulations that help managers take the right decisions at the right time.

About Vassilis Zachariadis

Vassilis is a Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL, and at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Design at the University of Cambridge. For a decade, Vassilis has been involved in the research and application of land-use and transport models, and he is an expert in pedestrian behaviour modelling. His research covers applied economic geography, location choice models, spatiotemporal analysis of urban activities, and situated multi-agent systems.

About CSIC

The Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) is a world-leading hub for innovation and knowledge transfer and allows leading people and organisations from industry and research to come together to develop novel solutions for some very real challenges.

The partnership specialises in emerging technologies. Our innovations in sensing, monitoring and data management help industry work more safely and efficiently in many settings, and projects range from smart design of individual components to whole lifecycle management of infrastructure assets. We help conceive and prove novel developments, support you in bringing them to market and find ways to drive take-up and adoption.

CSIC’s work with standards bodies promotes homogeneity of datasets and components, and also contributes to the broader BIM landscape, thereby allowing its partners to build industry confidence in what they do. In turn this helps to raise the profile the work they undertake. We facilitate new partnerships, too, by bringing together thought leaders to forge new ideas, tackle common problems and reach new markets. In short, we’re here to help innovative infrastructure and construction partners to work ‘smart’ and be ahead of the game.