Author: Mehdi Moussaid

Walking with the flow

Recently, I have published a new article in PLoS Computational Biology entitled “Traffic Instabilities in Self-Organized Pedestrian Crowds“. This article is the result of the joint efforts of four different research groups: The CRCA in Toulouse (to which I was affiliated at that time), the INRIA-Bunraku in Rennes, the IMT in Toulouse and the LPT in Paris. This project was founded by the PEDIGREE project, a national research grant from the French ANR.

Christmas crowds

Here we go! It’s Christmas again! And as usual, commercial streets, shops, and malls are getting totally crowded over the week-end.

Bad news? Not for everybody…For me, it’s the best moment to go fishing some data for my research.

Here is a short sample of what I got today: a very dense bidirectional flow of shoppers coming in and out of the Alexa center in Berlin. Admire the very nice formation of lanes! Unfortunately, I just recorded a few minutes of this before I was kicked out by the security guards of the mall. I tried to explain them that it was my job, but apparently I was too suspicious for them and had to stop the camera… Too bad!